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Guide to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Collection, 1937-1975
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor Collection
    Dates: 1937-1975
    Bulk Dates: 1949-1959
    Identification: URB/LACFL
    Creator: previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor (Calif.)
    Physical Description: 41.71 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The previous hit Los Angeles next hit Federation of Labor was officially organized by the five unions of printers, cigar makers, tailors, carpenters, and bakers on June 23, 1889. The National AFL and CIO merged in 1955 and with the California State Federation of Labor in 1957. By early 1959 the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council, five other central labor bodies, and the Greater previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council merged to create the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The records in the collection consist primarily of administrative records that document the activities of the Federation from 1937 through 1963.

    Historical Note:

    The previous hit Los Angeles next hit Federation of Labor was officially organized by five distinct unions on June 23, 1889: printers, cigar makers, tailors, carpenters, and bakers. On September 7, 1890, the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Typographical Union procured a charter from the San Francisco Federated Trades in order to form the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Council of Labor. In 1894, the earliest previous hit Los Angeles next hit Council of Labor, in an effort to create strength and unity, affiliated itself with the American Federation of Labor (AFL). During the 1930s, the National AFL was rocked by an internal split that resulted in the establishment of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The National CIO chartered the Greater previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council in May 1937, which maintained a separate existence for two decades. The National AFL and CIO merged in 1955 and the California State Federation of Labor in 1957. This set in motion a countywide merger in Greater previous hit Los Angeles next hit between 1957 and 1959. By early 1959, the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council and five other central labor bodies — Long Beach, Pomona, San Gabriel Valley, San Pedro-Wilmington, and Santa Monica — as well as the Greater previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council, merged to create the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
    The previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council, AFL, under the auspices of Executive-Secretary William J. Bassett and other local labor councils organized the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-State. The Committee led the fight against the Employer-Employee Relations Initiative; reached out to civic, community and religious groups; and educated Californians on the "Right-to-Work" issue. Such groups as the California State Federation of Labor, the Greater previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council, the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Citizens Committee Against Proposition 18, and the Southern Californian Citizens Committee Against Proposition 18 joined national labor organizations to stop the "Right-to-Work" initiative.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Amalgamated Lithographers of America
    American Communications Association
    American Federation of Hosiery Workers
    American Federation of Labor
    American Red Cross
    Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America.
    California Industrial Union Council
    Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
    International Fishermen and Allied Workers of America
    International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers
    previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor (Calif.)

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Ephemera
    Microforms
    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Scrapbooks

    Topical Term:

    California. California Unemployment Insurance Act
    Committees -- California -- previous hit Los Angeles next hit
    Labor unions -- California -- previous hit Los Angeles next hit
    Political action committees -- California
    Waterfronts -- California -- previous hit Los Angeles next hit

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Files of the Executive Secretaries, 1937-1961
        Subseries A:  Philip "Slim" Connelly Papers, 1940-1952
            Subseries 1: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Administrative Files, 1941-1951
            Subseries 2: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - General Correspondence (A-Z), 1943-1949
            Subseries 3: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Committees, Councils and Departments, 1942-1952
            Subseries 4: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Affiliate Unions, 1940-1951
            Subseries 5: Non-Affiliate Organizations, 1942-1952
            Subseries 6: Local, State and National Government - Labor Relations, 1938-1951
            Subseries 7: General Subject Files (A-Y), 1940-1950
            Subseries 8: Non-Manuscript Material, 1937-1975
        Subseries B: Albert T. "Blackie" Lunceford Papers, 1947-1961
            Subseries 1: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Administrative Files, 1947-1959
            Subseries 2: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Committees, Councils and Departments, 1948-1959
            Subseries 3: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Affiliate Organization Files, 1949-1961
            Subseries 4: Non-Affiliated Organizations, 1948-1959
            Subseries 5: Local, State and national Government - Labor Relations, 1949-1957
            Subseries 6: General Subject Files (A-W), 1947-1958
    Series II: Employer-Employee Relations Initiative, "Right-To-Work", 1953-1960
        Subseries A: previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-States (No on Proposition 18) Campaign, 1949-1959
            Subseries 1: Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, 1957-1958
            Subseries 2: previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council, 1957-1958
            Subseries 3: previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-State, 1958-1959
            Subseries 4: previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Central Labor Council, 1957-1958
            Subseries 5: Affiliated Labor and Union Organizations (A-Z), 1953-1959
            Subseries 6: Non-affiliated Organizations Files (A-Z), 1949-1958
            Subseries 7: Newspaper Clippings (chronological), 1957-1958
        Subseries B: Right-to-Work Initiative (Yes on Proposition 18) Campaign, 1956-1958
            Subseries 1: Senator William Knowland, 1957-1958
            Subseries 2: Organization and Personalities Files (A-Z), 1956-1958
        Subseries C: State Right-to-Work Initiative (Pro/Con), 1957-1958
            Subseries 1: Official Reports, 1957-1958
            Subseries 2: Newspaper Clippings (chronological), 1958
        Subseries D: National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z), 1953-1959
            Subseries 1: Con National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z), 1953-1959
            Subseries 2: Pro National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z), 1954-1959
            Subseries 3: Pro/Con National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z), 1957-1959
        Subseries E: Photographic Material, 1958

    Scope and Contents

    The records in the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Federation of Labor Collection consist primarily of administrative records that document the activities of the Federation from 1937 through 1963. Materials in the collection include campaign literature, correspondence, ephemera, minutes, pamphlets, political advertisements, speeches, and newspaper clipping which provide in-depth insights into the complex issues of industrial unionism, states' rights, and the elective process in California during the 1950s. The collection is arranged in two series: Files of the Executive Secretaries (1937-1961) and Employer-Employee Relations Initiative, "Right-To-Work" (1953-1960).
    Series I, Files of the Executive Secretaries, has been divided into two subseries, >Philip "Slim" Connelly Papers (1937-1952) and Albert T. "Blackie" Lunceford Papers (1947-1961).
    Subseries A, Philip "Slim" Connelly Papers, has been further subdivided into eight subseries: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Administrative Files (1941-1951), previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - General Correspondence (A-Z) (1943-1949), previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Committees, Councils and Departments (1942-1952), previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Affiliate Unions (1940-1951), Non-Affiliate Organizations (1942-1952), Local, State and National Government - Labor Relations (1938-1951), >General Subject Files (A-Y) (1940-1950), and Non-Manuscript Material (1937-1975).
    Subseries B, Albert T. "Blackie" Lunceford Papers, has been further subdivided into six subseries: previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Administrative Files (1947-1959), previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Committees, Councils and Departments (1948-1959, previous hit Los Angeles next hit CIO Council - Affiliate Organization Files (1949-1961), Non-Affiliated Organizations (1948-1959), Local, State and National Government - Labor Relations (1949-1957), and General Subject Files (A-W) (1947-1958). Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.
    Series II, Employer-Employee Relations Initiative, "Right-To-Work," consists primarily of the committee files of William J. Bassett, Executive-Secretary of the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council, AFL, who managed the Save-Our-State Committee Campaign through early 1959. The files include campaign literature, correspondence, ephemera, minutes, pamphlets, political advertisements, speeches, and newspaper clippings providing in-depth insights into industrial unionism, states' rights and the elective process in California during the 1950s. The series is divided into five subseries: previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-States (No on Proposition 18) Campaign (1949-1959), Right-to-Work Initiative (Yes on Proposition 18) Campaign (1956-1958), State Right-to-Work Initiative (Pro/Con) (1957-1958), National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z) (1953-1959), and Photographic Material (1958). Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.
    Subseries A, previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-States (No on Proposition 18) Campaign includes materials related to the Edmund G. (Pat) Brown for Governor campaign of 1958; attendance cards and correspondence related to the previous hit Los Angeles next hit Central Labor Council; board member lists, brochures, correspondence, fliers, minutes and other materials related to the Save-Our-State campaign; and similar materials created by the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Central Labor Council, and affiliated and non-affiliated labor and union organizations.
    Subseries B, Right-to-Work Initiative (Yes on Proposition 19) Campaign, includes correspondence, fliers, brochures, pamphlets, political advertisements, and newspaper clippings related to Senator William Knowland’s campaign for governor and his support for the Employer-Employee Relations Initiative "Yes on Proposition18" Campaign; and similar materials collected by the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Labor Committee to Save-Our-State during the 1958 battle against the "Right-to-Work" Initiative.
    Subseries C, State Right-to-Work Initiative (Pro/Con), includes booklets, correspondence, fact sheets, fliers, newspaper and magazine articles, position statements, press releases, seminar minutes, pamphlets, reports, and speeches related to the Employer-Employee Relations Initiative/"Right-to-Work."
    Subseries D, National Right-to-Work Issues, Subject Files (A-Z), includes articles, books, brochures, correspondence, fliers, legislative bills, newsletters, pamphlets, press releases, programs, reports, and related documents collected by the previous hit Los Angeles next hit County Committee to Save-Our-State on the National "Right-to-Work" Campaign. Each sub-series is arranged alphabetically.
    Subseries E, Photographic Material, consists primarily of images related to the No on Proposition 18 Campaign.