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Labor Center Records

Identifier: RG07.0006.001

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Scope and Contents

These records document educational programs presented by the Labor Center during the period 1952-1993. The programs were primarily classified as conferences, seminars, institutes, and short-courses. The records consist largely of printed programs and other printed materials utilized by instructors and student participants, student rosters, and correspondence directly related to the planning and execution of those programs. Occasionally, records of other professional activities of staff members are included, primarily attendance at out-of-state conferences.The bulk of the material covers 1962 to 1993. The focus during this period was labor rather than management, with documentation of attendees, correspondence, course materials, and booklets which were often provided by the various unions. Not all booklets are identified in the box list. Photographs of course participants are included in nearly every box, and may be included in folders but unlisted. Most of the programs conducted from 1952 to 1959 focused on courses for management, and those folders contain fewer records of how the programs were planned and conducted. Correspondence was retained beginning in October 1962.The educational programs offered by the Center for Labor and Management addressed virtually every important aspect of labor activity, e.g. union leadership and administration, communications, wage determination, grievance procedures, bargaining techniques, labor law, and labor-management relations. Some programs were concerned with the problems of particular unions, others were directed to more general union issues.A great many Iowa labor unions participated in Center for Labor programs. The following unions were conspicuous by their continuing sponsorship of educational events: United Rubber Workers, Communication Workers of America, National Association of Letter Carriers, American Federation of Grain Millers, International Association of Machinists, Aluminum Workers of America, United Packinghouse Workers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. All programs were held in Iowa City unless otherwise noted


  • Creation: 1952 - 1993


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This collection is open for research. This collection is stored at an offsite location. When requesting materials, please allow two business days for items to arrive at the Special Collections reading room.

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Method of Acquisition

These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries from the Labor Center on numerous occasions from 1980 to 1999. Iinitial deposits processed by Leonard A. Hitchcock in August 1982. Guide posted to Internet April 2005; updated February 2006 and January 2008.

Related Materials

Schacht, John N. "American Labor and Working Class History at Iowa." Books at Iowa 53 (November 1990): 29-59; 54 (April 1991): 31-56, notes.

State Historical Society of Iowa labor collection

B.R. Dew Collection of Railroadiana, MsC0497, Box 2, labor agreements 1907 - 1947 (incomplete)

Papers of Edward J. Breen, MsC0334, Box 4, Iowa Senate during 1937

Papers of Leroy Jones, MsC0169, labor records 1936 - 1954

Papers of Clarence M. Updegraff, MsC0484, labor arbitration 1940 - 1970

Papers of Steven V. Carter, MsC0250, Box 3, congressman in 1950s

Papers of Norman A. Erbe, MsC0206, Box 3, Iowa Governor Erbe's 1962 speech regarding labor

Papers of Delbert L. Trowbridge, MsC0286, Box 7, Iowa legislator in early 1970s, regarding a labor bill

Papers of Dick Clark, MsC0414, administrative assistant to Iowa congressman John Culver 1965 - 1972

Papers of Henry A. Wallace, MsC0177

Papers of Anthony Vincent Sinicropi, MsC0399

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242