Scope and Contents
The West Virginia State Industrial Union Counci1 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.
20.8 Linear Feet (Summary: 21 ft. 3 in. (51 document cases, 5 in. each))