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Texas AFL-CIO Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ellinger, W. Don (Winfield Donald), 1915-1972.
Title: Texas AFL-CIO Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers
Dates: 1946-1961
Abstract: 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. These records constitute Series IX of AR110: Texas AFL-CIO Records. They consist of the papers of W. Don Ellinger, a CIO field representative, 1946-1950; CIO Political Action Committee national representative and field director, 1950-1956; and AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education area director, 1956-1961. Materials include correspondence, reports, speeches, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and notes.
Identification: AR110, Series IX
Extent: 1 box (0.42 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 Committee on Political Education (COPE) is the political arm of the AFL-CIO and is mainly concerned with political endorsements and getting out the vote. W. Don Ellinger served as a CIO field representative, 1946-1950; CIO Political Action Committee national representative and field director, 1950-1956; and AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education area director, 1956-1961.


Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, reports, speeches, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and notes. Included are Ellinger's office files during the years he worked for the CIO, the CIO Political Action Committee, and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education in areas 8 and 9 which encompassed Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Also included are materials on the right-to-work law.


Organization

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

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
Ellinger, W. Don--Archives.
Organizations
Texas AFL-CIO--Records and correspondence.
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)--Records and correspondence.
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Political Action Committee--Records and correspondence.
AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education--Records and correspondence.
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)--Employees--History--Sources.
AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education. Area 8--Employees--History--Sources.
Subjects
Open and closed shop--Law and legislation--United States--History--Sources.
Labor unions and education--Political activity--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 VI: Texas AFL-CIO Public Relations Department Records, 1951-1973

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 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 Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers, AR110, Series IX, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1973.


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 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, reports, 1946-1951
2 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, reports, memos, 1952-1953
3 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, 1954
4 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, 1956-1957
5 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, 1958
6 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, January 1959-June 1960
7 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, July 1960-1961
8 Ellinger, W. Don - "Right-to-Work" Materials, 1958-1960
9 Ellinger, W. Don - Speech materials, January-December 1960
10 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, 1960, undated