Inventory of the David Brody Papers D-163

Finding aid prepared by Brittani Orona
University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA, 95616-5292
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Title: David Brody Papers
Identifier/Call Number: D-163
Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13.0 linear feet.
Date (bulk): 1970-1979
Date (inclusive): 1953-2009
Abstract: The David Brody Papers features correspondence, essays, teaching materials, ephemera, and other materials related to Dr. Brody’s time as Professor of History at UC Davis and other academic institutions. Dr. Brody is Emeritus Professor of American Labor History at UC Davis where he spent the majority of his professional career. The David Brody Papers span the years 1953-2009 with emails, letters, publishing contracts, essays, and promotional materials related to the various books, film projects, and scholarly works Dr. Brody contributed to. The David Brody Papers also features personal correspondence to friends, colleagues, and former students.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Creator: Brody, David, 1930-


Dr. David Brody is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Davis and a renowned scholar in American labor history and industrial relations. Dr. Brody was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Ira and Barnet Brody on June 5th, 1930. He received his B.A. (1952), M.A.(1953), and Ph.D. (1958) from Harvard University. Alongside Dr. David Montgomery and Dr. Herbert Gutman, he is co-founder of “new labor history,” a genre of American labor studies that focuses on workers in a social rather than organizational context. He has taught at Northeastern University (1958-1959), Harvard University (1959-1961), Columbia University (1961-1965), and Ohio State University (1965-1967), and UC Davis from 1967 until his retirement in 1993. He has served as visiting professor of labor history and industrial relations at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, Moscow State University in Russia, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr. Brody is affiliated with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Brody is the author of several books and essays on American labor history. Notable titles include: Steelworkers in America: The Nonunion Era (1960), The Butcher Workmen: A Study of Unionization (1964), Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 (1965), and Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the Twentieth-Century Struggle (1980). He is also author of essays related to labor and industrial relations. These essays include "Labor History, Industrial Relations, and the Crisis of American Labor" in Industrial and Labor Relations Review (1989), "The Old Labor History and the New: In Search of an American Working Class" in Labor History (1979), “Interrogating the Great Depression” in Academics on Free Choice: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Labor Law Reform (2009).
Dr. Brody is a member of the Organization of American Historians, and has served as an editorial board member for the peer reviewed journal Labor History. He served as member and contributor for the American Teachers Federation (AFL-CIO) and President of the UC Davis Graduate Council, and has contributed scholarly articles and opinion pieces to various journals including the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Dissent.
Dr. Brody is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors. He was a Senior Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities (1978), a past recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1983), and President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (1991-1992). Dr. Brody was awarded the Sol Stein Award for Labor History from the Sidney Hillman Foundation (2008) for his contributions to labor history. He is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Institute For Research on Labor and Employment.
Dr. Brody retired from UC Davis in 1993.

Scope and Content

The David Brody Collection spans the years 1959-2010 with the bulk of the collection spanning 1970-1979. The collection is separated into three series: 1.) Correspondence; 2.) Teaching and Professional Materials; and 3.) American Federation of Teachers. Correspondence focuses primarily on David Brody’s professional and private letters to and from colleagues and friends. The Correspondence series also includes letters to and from former students seeking recommendations or advice, and colleagues offering opinions on aspects of labor history and general academia. Notable correspondences recipients include: Dr. David Montgomery, Farnham Emeritus Professor of History at Yale University and co- founder of “New Labor History;” Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Professor of History and American Studies at Harvard University and author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939; as well as various colleagues from Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the Institute for Industrial Relations, known now as the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. The second series, Teaching and Professional Materials, contains academic papers written by Dr. Brody including draft copies of "Labor History, Industrial Relations, and the Crisis of American Labor," ephemera from conferences Brody attended or participated in, syllabus for graduate and undergraduate courses taught in U.S. and Labor History at Harvard and UC Davis, and notes from Brody’s time as a member of the editorial board for the Labor History Journal. The final series, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) contains letters, notes, ephemera, and related materials corresponding to Dr. Brody’s time as member, task force consultant, and UC Davis Graduate Council President for AFT.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence; Teaching and Professional Materials; and American Federation of Teachers.

Related Collections

The following collections may be of interest:
D-257, Roland C. Marchand Papers, 1933-1998. Professor of History, University of California, Davis, Chair of History Department, (1978-1988, 1989-1991)-Research files, correspondence, publication files, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to Marchand's research in American corporate history.


Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Published materials, such as general books and government documents, have been separated from the collection. These have been reviewed and, where appropriate, added to the Shields Library general collection. A complete list of publications is kept on file at Special Collections.
Brittani Orona processed this collection under the guidance of Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Brody, 2012

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David Brody Papers., D-163, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brody, David, 1930- --Archives
American Federation of Teachers
Labor movement--United States--History--20th century
University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives


Correspondence Bulk, 1970-1978 1968-2009

Physical Description: 4.0 linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

The Correspondence Series includes letters and emails to colleagues, friends, publishers, and acquaintances from David Brody’s time as a American Labor historian at various academic institutions. Affiliated institutions include UC Davis, Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Industrial Relations at UC Berkeley. Correspondence focuses primarily on Brody’s editorial work with publishing companies and review journals such as the University of Illinois Press, University of North Carolina Press, and the Pacific Historical Review, among others. Correspondence also includes personal letters to and from colleagues as well as letters pertaining to various film and National Endowment for the Humanities projects, such as “Lowell Fever,” that Dr. Brody acted as consultant to. Correspondence features letters and emails related to grant funded projects Brody applied to and/or received, invitations to speak at special events and conferences, such as the Southern Labor Conference, and correspondence regarding editorial reviews of books and articles, such as Labor Embattled: History, Power, Rights, that Brody wrote or collaborated on.
Box-folder 7:1-7:8

1955 1955-2009

Box-folder 1:1-1:16

1966 1966-1991

Box-folder 2:1-2:11

1967 1967-1983

Box-folder 8:1-8:5

1968 1968-1998

Box-folder 12:1-12:8

1972 1972-1991

Box-folder 10:1-10:4

1974 1974-1986

Box-folder 5:1-5:9

1977 1977-1993

Box-folder 6:1-6:11

1978 1978-1998

Box-folder 4:1-4:5, 11:1-11:4

1980 1980-1988


Teaching and Professional Materials Bulk, 1970-1985 1959-2009

Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

The Teaching and Professional Series includes materials related to Dr. Brody’s research interest in labor history, editorial work for a number of academic journals, and various projects Brody collaborated or consulted on. The Teaching and Professional Series includes ephemera from presentations by Brody, including the Keynote Speaker address at “Labor History in the New Century: 2009-Perth, Australia,” copies of papers presented by Brody at various conferences such as the North American Labor History Conference-1992, and excerpts of minutes from academic meetings, such as the American Historical Association Council meeting in San Francisco on January 6th, 1994. Teaching and Professional Materials also includes drafts of scholarly essays penned by Brody, and contracts for books that Brody published, including the publishing contract for Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 from the J.P. Lippincott Company.
Box-folder 7:9-7:26

1953 1953-2009

Box-folder 1:17-1:27

1959 1959-1991

Box-folder 13:1-13:13

1962 1962-1991

Box-folder 2:12-2:26, 8:6-8:14

1966 1966-1999

Box-folder 3:1-3:8

1968 1968-1982

Box-folder 10:5-10:9

1970 1970-1989

Box-folder 9:1-9:4

1971 1971-1972

Box-folder 4:6-4:17

1974 1974-1991

Box-folder 11:5-11:11

1977 1977-1984

Box-folder 5:10-5:20, 6:12-6:23

1979 1979-1996

Box-folder 12:9-12:13

1983 1983-1987


American Federation of Teachers Bulk, 1970-1978 1965-1987

Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Series includes: ephemera, correspondence, pay grades, newspapers, and articles all relating to the American Federation of Teachers at UC Davis and other University of California campuses. The AFT series includes relevant information on attempts to establish a faculty union on the UC Davis campus, the wider UC budget struggles with the Reagan gubernatorial administration, and copies of the “University Guardian: Publication of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers.” The American Federation of Teachers Series also includes information on system wide contacts for the AFT on University of California campuses, notices of AFT meetings, and a AFT document entitled: “Study Plan-Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education-January 1972” which requires a “broad mandate to review California higher education and the Master Plan (for higher education).” David Brody’s contribution to the AFT includes his service as President of the Graduate Council at UC Davis and a contributor and consultant to the American Teacher’s Federation Union.
Box-folder 3:9-3:17

1965 1965-1977

Box-folder 9:3-9:13

1968 1968-1978

Box-folder 10:10-10:14

1969 1969-1977

Box-folder 4:18-4:19

1971 1971-1977

Box-folder 12:14-12:16

1974 1974-1978

Box-folder 11:12

1976 1976-1977

Box-folder 6:24-6:25

1977 1977-1982

Box-folder 8:15

1985 1985-1987