Scope and Content of the Collection
The material in this collection, for the most part, reflects the years from the merger in 1955 until the time Stanley Ruttenberg left the AFL-CIO in 1962 and Nat Goldfinger became Director of Research. However, there are files that Ruttenberg brought with him from the CIO in 1955. The files that contain materials only from the CIO Department of Education and Research are filed in the subject files under "CIO." Files that were started in the CIO and that continued to be active after the merger have been maintained as they were under the general subject headings. In addition to the subjects of research with which the department dealt, the files reflect Ruttenberg's participation in organizations outside the AFL-CIO.