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Anne Draper was a staff member and economist of the AFL-CIO Economic Research Department, specializing on issues of wages and prices. Her work shows the interest of the Federation on issues such as credit unions, consumer problems, and the women's movement. The Economic Research Department specialized on providing information about economic issues to the AFL-CIO. This collection consists of material created and collected by Anne Draper.
This collection consists of original artwork created for reproduction in the AFL-CIO News from 1955 to 1984. These editorial cartoons appeared regularly in the publication and reflect a wide variety of issues important to organized labor, including jobs, health care, the right to organize, safety and health, education, political action, and equality, among others. The illustrators most represented in this collection are John Stampone and Le Baron Coakley.
The Information Department was responsible for AFL-CIO publications and press releases. This is an artificial collection of photographs built from different collections in the George Meany Memorial Archives. The majority of the photographs come from the Information Department of the AFL-CIO which often used images in the AFL-CIO News newspaper.
The AFL-CIO Legislation Department was the lobbying arm of the AFL and later the AFL-CIO. This collection consists of the legislative reference files including congressional correspondence, state and local central bodies correspondence, office memoranda, and staff working files.
In December of 1955, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged into one entity, the AFL-CIO. This is a collection of AFL-CIO staff oral histories explores the history of the merger including challenges and successes.