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West Virginia State Industrial Union Council, CIO, Archives

Collection Number: A&M 1380

Scope and Contents

The West Virginia State Industrial Union Council was formed in 1937 as the state labor federation for local unions affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations. In 1958, the WVIUC merged with the State Federation of Labor to form the West Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Included in these two accessions are the correspondence, legal papers, reports, and printed materials of the Industrial Union Council’s president's office, between 1940 and 1951.

Subjects include the trade unions and councils allied with the Industrial Union Council; IUC state conventions; the activities of the CIO Political Action Committee at the state and national levels; congressional and presidential elections, 1940-1950; state and national labor legislation, particularly the anti-poll tax bill, fair employment practices legislation, and the Taft-Hartley Act; organizing activities including the Steel Workers' Organizing Committee, and the CIO Southern Drive Committee; national defense and wartime agencies such as the War Production Board, War Labor Board, Wage Stabilization Board, Office of Price Administration, and the War Manpower Commission; New Deal projects including the Works Progress Administration, and the Red House Homestead project at Eleanor (Red House); labor mediation and arbitration; the National Labor Relations Board; West Virginia Cooperative Labor Legislative Council; Labor's Non-Partisan League; organizational disputes between the AFL and the CIO, particularly in the communications and chemical industries; Interracial Council; crippled children's work; and the National CIO Community Services Committee. Correspondents include Cleveland Bailey, Van A. Bittner, Chester Bowles, James B. Carey, Jonathan Daniels, D. Boone Dawson, Andrew Edmiston, Raymond J. Funkhouser, Sidney H. Hillman, George W. Johnson, Louis Johnson, Elizabeth Kee, John Kee, Harley Kilgore, James M. Landis, David J. MacDonald, Clarence W. Meadows, Philip Murray, M.M. Neely, Okey J. Patteson, Jennings Randolph, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joe L. Smith, and Harley O. Staggers.

The collection formerly labeled A&M 1449 has been added to this collection.


  • Creation: 1940-1951


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21.25 Linear Feet (21 ft. 3 in. (51 document cases, 5 in. each))


The West Virginia State Industrial Union Council's files are arranged alphabetically by subject for each year. The alphabetical arrangement is as follows:

A Miscellany
Aluminum Workers
Auto Workers
B Miscellany
Bakery Workers
Bittner, Van Amberg
Brick and Clay Workers
C Miscellany
Cannery Workers
Chemical Workers
Clothing Workers
Communications Workers
Congress of Industrial Organizations
Construction Workers
Crippled Children
D Miscellany
E Miscellany
Electrical Workers
Executive Board
F Miscellany
Federation Investigation
Federal Workers
Form Letters
Fur and Leather Workers
Furniture Workers
G Miscellany
Glass Workers
H Miscellany
Homestead Workers
Hosiery Workers
Hotel and Restaurant Workers
I Miscellany
Industrial Union Councils
Inland Boatmen's Union
Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers
J Miscellany
K Miscellany
L Miscellany
Labor Papers
Labor's Non-Partisan League
Ladies Auxiliaries
Laundry Workers
Legislative Committee
M Miscellany
Marine Cooks and Stewards
Marine Engineers
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers
Mine Workers
N Miscellany
National Labor Relations Board
Newspaper Guild
O Miscellany
Office and Professional Workers
Officers Reports
Oil Workers
P Miscellany
Packinghouse Workers
Public Assistance Council
Q Miscellany
Quarry Workers
R Miscellany
Retail and Wholesale Workers
Rubber Workers
S Miscellany
Shoe Workers
Social Security
State, County & Municipal Workers
State Industrial Councils
Steel Workers Organizing Committee
T Miscellany
Textile Workers
Transport Workers
Typographical Union
U Miscellany
Unemployment Compensation
Union Label
U. S. Department of Labor
Utility Workers
V Miscellany
Vice Presidents
W Miscellany
Wage Hour Law
Water Works Employees
Woodworkers Union
Works Projects Administration
XYZ Miscellany

The order will vary somewhat from year to year depending upon name changes for affiliated unions, blank folders, etc.

Box List:

Box 1; A-E; 1940
Box 2; F-I; 1940
Box 3; J-O; 1940
Box 4; O-U; 1940
Box 5; V-Z; 1940
Box 6; A-C; 1941
Box 7; D-K; 1941
Box 8; L-O; 1941
Box 9; P-T; 1941
Box 10; U-Z; 1941
Boxes 11 to 15; A-Z; 1941-1942
Boxes 16 to 20; A-Z; 1942-1943
Boxes 21 to 25; A-Z; 1943-1944
Boxes 26 to 30; A-Z; 1944-1945
Boxes 30 to 33; A-Z; 1945-1946
Boxes 34 to 37; A-Z; 1946-1947
Boxes 38 to 41; A-Z; 1947-1948
Boxes 42 to 46; A-Z; 1948-1950
Boxes 46 to 50; A-Z; 1950-1951

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:


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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US