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Texas AFL-CIO. Public Relations Department Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas AFL-CIO. Public Relations Department.
Title: Texas AFL-CIO. Public Relations Department Records
Dates: 1951-1973
1951-1965
Abstract: The Texas AFL-CIO, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. These records constitute Series VI of AR110: Texas AFL-CIO Records. They consist of records pertaining to the Texas AFL-CIO Public Relations Department and contain correspondence, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, essays, minutes, lists, radio and film scripts, manuals, speeches, debate kits, newsletters, and a constitution.
Identification: AR110, Series VI
Extent: 10 boxes (4.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The Texas AFL-CIO was formed on July 29, 1957 when the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas State CIO Council merged. The organization, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. Although it does not negotiate collective bargaining contracts for its members, it does serve as the voice for all Texas AFL-CIO labor in the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress. The Public Relations Department of the Texas AFL-CIO assisted local unions and central bodies plan and develop their own public relations programs and sought to improve public attitudes toward organized labor. John McCully, began as Public Relations Director with the Texas State Federation of Labor in 1951 and continued as director, with Roy R. Evans serving briefly in 1961 just before Lyman Jones who served from 1961-1965; John Rogers served as director until 1971, and Davis Lopez began as director in 1972.


Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, essays, minutes, lists, radio and film scripts, manuals, speeches, debate kits, newsletters, and a constitution. Materials pertain to various public relations programs. Included are the files of directors, John McCully, 1951-1961, and Lyman Jones, 1961-1965; the records of the Texas State Federation of Labor Public Relations Department, 1951-1957; the records of the Texas Labor Press Association, 1951-1961; and a variety of materials on right-to-work laws. Also include is the department's newsletter, Texas AFL-CIO Report.


Organization

This subseries consists of 87 folders beginning with the records of Public Relations Department directors at the beginning of the series and arranged in chronological order; the rest of the subseries is arranged in alphabetical order according to subject.

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.
Persons
McCully, John--Archives.
Jones, Lyman--Archives.
Evans, Roy R., 1925-, Archives.
Organizations
Texas AFL-CIO. Public Relations Department--Records and correspondence.
Texas State Federation of Labor. Public Relations Department--Records and correspondence.
Texas Labor Press Association--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Open and closed shop--Law and legislations--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor unions and mass media--Texas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR110, Series I: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Records, 1952-1973

AR110, Series II: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Reading Files, 1957-1973

AR110, Series III: Texas AFL-CIO Education Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series IV: Texas AFL-CIO Legal Records, 1941-1970

AR110, Series V: Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series VII: Texas AFL-CIO Mexican American Affairs Committee Records, 1951-1971

AR110, Series VIII: Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education Records, 1947-1972

AR110, Series IX: Texas AFL-CIO Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers, 1946-1961

AR110, Series X: Texas AFL-CIO Convention Records, 1956-1975

AR110, Series XI: Texas AFL-CIO Personalities Colllection, 1928-1973

AR110, Series XII: Texas AFL-CIO Printing Pockets, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XIII: Texas AFL-CIO Directories, 1955-1969

AR110, Series XIV: Texas AFL-CIO Newspaper Clippings Collection, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XV: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Federation of Labor Records, 1932-1957

AR110, Series XVI: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State CIO Council Records, 1937-1957

AR110, Series XVII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Industrial Union Council Records, 1952-1968

AR110, Series XVIII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Central Labor Councils Records, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XIX: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Labor Associations Records, 1944-1969

AR110, Series XX: Texas AFL-CIO, Other State AFL-CIO Affliates Correspondence, 1944-1971

AR110, Series XXI: Texas AFL-CIO National AFL-CIO Correspondence, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXII: Texas AFL-CIO International Union Correspondence, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XXIII: Texas AFL-CIO Federal Agency Correspondence, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XXIV: Texas AFL-CIO State Agency Correspondence, 1934-1971

AR110, Series XXV: Texas AFL-CIO Non-Union Correspondence, 1935-1969

AR110, Series XXVI: Texas AFL-CIO Democratic Party Correspondence, 1943-1972

AR110, Series XXVII: Texas AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Revision Commission Records, 1962-1968

AR110, Series XXVIII: Texas AFL-CIO Recorded Media Collection, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXIX: Texas AFL-CIO Photograph and Scrapbook Collection, 1918-1969


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas AFL-CIO, Public Relations Department Records, AR110, Series VI, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1970, 1972.


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

Box Folder
1 1 McCully, John - Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1951-1955
2 McCully, John, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1957-1961
3 Evans, Roy R., Correspondence, 1961
4 Jones, Lyman, Correspondence, Memoranda, 1960-1965
5 Action Agency, Memoranda, Reports, Miscellaneous Records, 1952-1953; 1957
6 "Austin Merry-Go-Round" (Radio Show), Scripts, Aug. 20, 1969 - April 29, 1970
7 Debate Kit (High School Kit - Right-to-Work Sample, 1958-1959
8 Debate Kit, 1959
9 Debate Kit (Master Copy - Revised), June 23, 1959
10 Debate Kit (College), 1962
11 Debate Kit - Right-to-Work Law
12 Debate Kit - Right-to-Work Law
13 Debate Kit - Right-to-Work Law
Box Folder
2 1 Debate Kit
2 Debate Kit (also called Right-to-Work Kits), Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1957-1958
3 Debate Kit, Correspondence, Jan. - Sept., 1959
4 Debate Kits, Correspondence, Oct. - Dec., 1959
5 Debate Kits, Correspondence, 1960-1967
6 Films, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1954-1962; 1966
7 Films - Scripts
8 Labor Day, Correspondence, News Releases, Publications, 1953
Box Folder
3 1 Labor Day, Correspondence, Speeches, 1955
2 Labor Day, Correspondence, Speeches, 1957
3 Labor Day, Correspondence, Radio Announcements, 1960-1961
4 Labor Sunday Message, Miscellaneous Records, 1954-1956
5 Labor Sunday Message, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1957
6 Labor Sunday Message, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1958
7 Labor Sunday Message, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1959
8 Labor Sunday Message, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1960
9 Labor Sunday Message, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1961
10 "Man Behind the Scenes," Press Releases, Aug., 1962 - March, 1963
11 Miscellaneous Materials, Requests, 1954-1961
12 Mundell Productions, Correspondence, 1958-1962
Box Folder
4 1 Newspapers, General, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1953-1959
2 Newspapers, General, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1960-1966
3 Newspapers, Labor, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1959-1957
4 Newspapers, Labor, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1958-1967
5 Operation Thin Dime (Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation), Correspondence, 1961
6 Press Releases, 1956
7 Press Releases, Sept. 6, 1957 - Dec. 20, 1957
Box Folder
5 1 Press Releases, Jan. - Mar., 1958
2 Press Releases, April - Aug., 1958
3 Press Releases Sept. - Dec., 1958
4 Press Releases, Jan. - Mar., 1959
5 Press Releases, April - July, 1959
6 Press Releases, Aug. - Dec., 1959
7 Press Releases, Jan. - Aug., 1960
8 Press Releases, Sept., 1960 - Feb., 1961
Box Folder
6 1 Press Releases, Mar. - Dec., 1961
2 Press Releases, Jan., 1962 - Mar., 1963
3 Press Releases, April - Dec., 1963
4 Press Releases, 1964
5 Press Releases, 1965
6 Press Releases, 1966
7 Press Releases, June, 1967 and April, 1968
8 Press Releases, Miscellaneous
9 Radio and Television, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1955; 1957-1958; 1963; 1969
10 Right-to-Work Law - Kit, 1961
11 Right-to-Work Law - Printed Material
Box Folder
7 1 Right-to-Work Law - Speakers' Manual
2 "Roundup" (Monthly Economic Newsletter TSFL), Correspondence, 1953-1954
3 Scholarship Program, Texas State Federation of Labor, Correspondence, Essays, 1954
4 Scholarship Program, Texas State Federation of Labor, Correspondence, Essays, 1955
5 Scholarship Program, Texas State Federation of Labor, Correspondence, Essays, 1956
6 Scholarship Program, Texas State Federation of Labor, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1957
7 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1958
8 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Essays, 1958
9 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, Dec., 1958 - April, 1959
10 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, May - Oct., 1959
Box Folder
8 1 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Essays, 1959
2 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1960
3 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Essays, 1960
4 Scholarship Program, Texas State AFL-CIO, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1961-1963
5 Scholarship Programs, Other States (in alphabetical order by state) - Miscellaneous Records
6 Scholarships - Fulbright Scholarships in Worker Education, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1957-1959
7 Speakers' Bureau, Correspondence, 1958-1959
8 Speeches, Miscellaneous, c. 1953-1957
9 Texas AFL-CIO Officers' Report, Aug. 1, 1969 - June, 1973
10 Texas Labor Press Association, Correspondence, Minutes, Membership Lists, 1951-1961
Constitution
Box Folder
9 1 Texas Observer, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Records, 1954-1965
2 Texas State AFL-CIO Report, Copy, 1957
3 Texas State AFL-CIO Report, Copy, 1958-1959
4 Texas State AFL-CIO Report, Aug. 9, 1957 - May 30, 1961
5 Texas State AFL-CIO Secretary's Report, June 15, 1961 - July 1, 1969
6 Texas State Fair Union Label Booth, Correspondence, 1954-1957
7 What Price Wetbacks, Correspondence, 1953 - Mar., 1954
Box Folder
10 1 What Price Wetbacks, Correspondence, April, 1954 - 1955; 1957