University of Texas Arlington

Henry M. Rabun Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rabun, Henry M., 1912-1981.
Title: Henry M. Rabun Papers
Dates: 1947-1981
Abstract: Henry M. Rabun (1912-1981) was a labor organizer based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the United Steelworkers of America, a position he held for 32 years. Papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, convention material, photographs, fliers, and video. A substantial portion of the materials chronicle the 1977 contest for the presidency of the United Steelworkers of America between Lloyd McBride and challenger Edward Sadlowsky. Other topics include steelworkers' wages, political activities of the union, and radical groups within the union.
Identification: AR364
Extent: 2 boxes (0.83 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Henry M. Rabun (1912-1981) was a labor organizer based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the United Steelworkers of America, a position he held for 32 years. Previous to his work for the labor union, Rabun had been employed in the newspaper business in several American cities and worked in the public relations department of the American Red Cross in India during World War II.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, convention material, photographs, fliers, and video. A substantial portion of the materials chronicle the 1977 contest for the presidency of the United Steelworkers of America between Lloyd McBride and challenger Edward Sadlowsky. Other topics include steelworkers wages, political activities of the union, and radical groups within the union.


Organization

Papers consist of 30 folders arranged in alphabetical order according to subject. Materials within folders 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
Rabun, Henry M., 1911-1981--Archives.
McBride, Lloyd, 1916-1983--Biography--Sources.
Sadowsky, Edward L., 1929- --Biography--Sources.
Organizations
United Steelworkers of America--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor leaders--United States--History--Sources.
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions--Political activity--History--Sources.
Labor unions and communism--United States--History--Sources.
Labor unions and socialism--United States--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

Oral History Interview with Henry Rabun: HD8083.T4 T47 no.57

Oral History Interview with Henry Rabun and Roy R. Evans: HD8083.T4 T47 no.61


Separated Material

Newspaper clippings were photocopied and the originals were discarded. Duplicates were also discarded.


Administrative Information

Citation

Henry M. Rabun Papers, AR364, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1985. Accessioned as number 85-1.


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 Agreement 1980
2 Baker Packers 1977, undated
Fact sheets, letter.
3 Balanoff, James 1947, 1976
Newspaper articles.
4 Campaign Material undated
Buttons, bumper stickers, leaflets.
5 Campaigns (Union) undated
Announcements, fact sheets, memoranda, handouts.
6 Civil Rights 1975, undated
Brochure, newspaper articles.
7 Convention (Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 1978) 1978, undated
Resolution, newspaper articles, letter, announcement, article, statement.
8 Coordinated Bargaining undated
Booklet.
9 Correspondence 1958-1967, 1976
Letters, telegram.
10 Daily World 1975, 1976, undated
Newspaper articles, magazine articles.
11 Invitation 1963, 1965
12 Labor Union Material 1968, 1975, 1976, undated
Booklet, magazine article, monthly bulletin, reports, newspaper articles, handout, statistics sheet, resolution.
13 McBride versus Rockefeller Family Fund 1968, 1978, undated
Announcement, fact sheet, legal documents, article.
14 McBride versus Sadlowski 1976-1977
Magazine articles, newspaper articles, memoranda, highlights of news conference, news release, leaflets, announcement, handout, instruction booklet, campaign material, article, petition, list of rights and obligations.
15 Membership undated
Statistics.
16 Memoranda 1964, 1976, 1978
17 Minutes 1968
18 Miscellaneous 1974, 1978, undated
Postcards, constitution, article, poems, statistics, flyer.
19 Montemayor, Paul 1978, undated
Magazine article, video.
Box Folder
2 1 News Releases 1977, 1978
2 Newsletter 1952, 1960, 1973-1979
3 Newspaper Articles (in Spanish) 1976
4 People's Bicentennial Commission 1976, undated
Letter, newspaper articles, flyer, essay.
5 Photographs (4″ × 5″) undated
6 Photographs (8″ × 10″) undated
7 Political Material 1956, 1964, undated
Magazine article, bulletin, newspaper article, printed materials, flyer, declaration of Marxist-Leninist Party.
8 Rabun, Henry M. 1981
Obituary.
9 Radical Trade Union Groups 1976, undated
Newspaper articles, booklet of trade union movement, article, letter.
10 Sadlowsky, Edward 1974-1976, undated
Newspapers, anti-Sadlowsky fact sheet, newsletter, transcript, correspondence, speech, magazine articles, booklet, leaflet, flyers, rough draft of articles.
11 Wage and Benefits 1977, 1978, undated
Comparison, correspondence, newspapers, leaflets, fact sheets, payroll checks, contract revision.