Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection is comprised of the records of the last two decades of George Meany's AFL-CIO presidency. Documents primarily relating to affiliated unions date from 1940, but the bulk of the collections falls within the years 1961 to 1979. The collection contains correspondence, printed material, clippings, reports, speeches, and writings. Although Meany retired in December 1979, isolated documents dating to 1981 occasionally appear.
Like earlier groups of records from the Office of the President, the arrangement of these records reflects the way the office functioned, documenting activities such as relations with affiliates, negotiations with the international labor movement, research into various subjects, communications with staff departments and with a wide variety of individuals and groups outside the house of labor. George Meany's miscellaneous correspondence contains the most disparate materials, but that series can often yield documents of great value.