University of Texas Arlington

AFL-CIO, Region 17 Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: AFL-CIO. Region 17.
Title: AFL-CIO, Region 17 Records
Dates: 1955-1972
Abstract: The AFL-CIO, Region 17 office was a regional body that coordinated and assisted affiliated local unions and labor councils in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, and New Mexico. Records contain mostly correspondence but also contain bulletins from the National Office and audio cassette tapes of reports from COPE (Committee on Political Education).
Identification: AR101
Extent: 5 boxes (1.67 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The AFL-CIO, Region 17 office was a regional body that coordinated and assisted affiliated local unions and labor councils in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, and New Mexico. The regional office was located in Fort Worth until 1974 when it was moved to Arlington, Texas. Region 17 later became Region 4.


Scope and Contents

Records contain correspondence, bulletins, and reports. Correspondence, which comprises the bulk of the records, includes letters and memoranda from national and regional officers, local labor unions and their officers, field representatives, and general inquiries and responses. Bulletins are instructional bulletins from the National Office pertaining to policies, guidelines, and recommendations. Audio cassette tapes of field reports from COPE (Committee on Political Education) are also included.


Organization

This collection consists of 36 folders which are divided into four series: National Office Records, Regional Office Records, Central Labor Councils & Miscellaneous Records, and Committee on Political Education Records. The National Office records are grouped into general records and by individual directors. The folders of general records are in alphabetical order. The folders containing the directors' organizational records are in chronological order. The secretary-treasurer's records complete this series. The Regional Office records begin with the regional director's correspondence, followed by general correspondence and the assistant director's correspondence. Folders of correspondence of a field representative and two organizers are in alphabetical order and are followed by three folders of miscellaneous records also in alphabetical order. Central Labor Council records are in alphabetical order by city. Committee of Political Education records are recorded cassettes and are arranged in chronological order.
  • Series I. National Office Records, 1955-1970 (12 folders)
  • Series II. Regional Office Records, 1955-1970 (12 folders)
  • Series III. Central Labor Councils & Miscellaneous Records, 1955-1972 (7 folders)
  • Series IV. Committee on Political Education Records, 1971-1972 (5 folders)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
AFL-CIO. Region 17--Records and correspondence.
AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Central labor councils--Texas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • AR35: AFL-CIO, Region 17 Records, 1947-1968
  • AR135: AFL-CIO, Region 17 Records, 1964-1974


Administrative Information

Citation

AFL-CIO, Region 17 Records, AR101, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift of Nick Kurko, 1974.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. National Office (12 folders), 1955-1970

Box Folder
1 1 Instructive Bulletins from National Office - General, 1955-1958
2 Instructive Bulletins from National Office - State and Local Central Bodies, 1956-1970
3 Memoranda to Regional Directors from the Director of Organization, 1955-1962
(Material Restricted - Removed by Archivist. Requires donor's permission to use.)
4 Memoranda to Regional Directors from the Director of Organization, 1963-1967
5 Livingston, John W., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1955-1956
This is actually the correspondence with the Department of Organization as a whole and also includes letters to and from William L. Kircher, C.A. McPeak, and Alan Kistler, Assistant Directors of Organization. The files were originally labeled with the name of the Director of Organization, so that designation was maintained.
6 Livingston, John W., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1957-1958
Also includes correspondence of C.A. McPeak.
7 Livingston, John W., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1959-1960
Also includes correspondence of Alan Kistler and Franz E. Daniel, Assistant Directors of Organization.
Box Folder
2 1 Livingston, John W., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1961-1964
Also includes correspondence of Alan Kistler.
2 Livingston, John W., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1965
Also includes correspondence of Alan Kistler.
3 Kircher, William L., Director of Organization - Correspondence, 1966-1967
Also includes correspondence of Alan Kistler, Edward Haines, and James D. English, Assistant Directors of Organization.
4 Kircher, William L., Director of Organization - Photograph, undated
5 Schnitzler, William F., Secretary-Treasurer - Correspondence, 1955-1960



Series II. Regional Office (12 folders), 1955-1970

Box Folder
2 6 Lester Graham, Regional Director - Correspondence, 1955-1962
7 Regional Office Correspondence - General, 1955-1958
8 Regional Office Correspondence - General, 1959-1962
9 Releases to General Organizers, 1957-1962
10 Kinstley, A.R., Assistant Director - Correspondence, 1962-1965
Box Folder
3 1 McCarty, Frank, Field Representative - Correspondence, 1963-1967
2 Park, J.W., Organizer - Correspondence, 1955-1963
3 Scott, J.M., Organizer - Correspondence, 1956-1961
4 Scott, J.M., Organizer - Correspondence, 1962-1968
5 Central Labor Unions - Correspondence, 1960-1970
6 Crusade for Freedom (Newspaper column by Lester Graham), 1957-1961
7 Miscellaneous, 1947-1970



Series III. Central Labor Councils & Miscellaneous Records (7 folders), 1955-1969

Box Folder
3 8 Amarillo Central Labor Council - Constitution and By-Laws, undated
9 Boot and Shoe Workers - Correspondence, 1955-1957
Box Folder
4 1 Dallas Central Labor Council - Correspondence, 1958-1969
2 Miscellaneous, 1955
3 Organizing Possibilities - Correspondence, 1956-1959
4 Sherman and Denison Central Councils - Correspondence, 1957-1967
5 Tarrant County Central Labor Council - Correspondence and Constitutions, 1958-1969



Series IV. Committee on Political Education Records (5 folders), 1971-1972

Box Folder
5 1 Committee on Political Education, National AFL-CIO, July, August, 1971
Cassette Tapes
Report-July, 1971
Report-August, 1971
2 Committee on Political Education, National AFL-CIO, September, October, 1971
Cassette Tapes
Report-September, 1971
Report-October, 1971
3 Committee on Political Education, National AFL-CIO, November, 1971, January, 1972
Cassette Tapes
Report-November, 1971
Report-January, 1972
4 Committee on Political Education, National AFL-CIO, March, 1972
Cassette Tapes
Report-March, 1972
5 Committee on Political Education, National AFL-CIO, July, August, September, 1972
Cassette Tapes
Report-July, 1972
Report-August, 1972
Report-September, 1972