University of Texas Arlington

Texas AFL-CIO Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas AFL-CIO.
Title: Texas AFL-CIO Records
Dates: 1948-1973
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. Records contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, voting records, speeches, news releases, booklets, and pamphlets. These are the files of Roy R. Evans, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, 1961-1971, and president, 1971-1973; and W. Don Ellinger, director of the Committee on Political Education Area No. 8. Included are reports of field representatives concerning labor meetings and activities in their areas; voting records of Texas and national political figures; correspondence concerning general organizational, labor, and political matters; and printed materials pertaining to a wide range of national and international political issues.
Identification: AR256
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 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) of the Texas AFL-CIO also makes statewide political endorsements during conventions on even-numbered years.


Scope and Contents

Records contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, voting records, speeches, news releases, booklets, and pamphlets. These are the files of Roy R. Evans, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, 1961-1971, and president, 1971-1973; and W. Don Ellinger, director of the Committee on Political Education Area No. 8. Included are reports of field representatives concerning labor meetings and activities in their areas; voting records of Texas and national political figures; correspondence concerning general organizational, labor, and political matters; and printed materials pertaining to a wide range of national and international political issues. Topics of the printed materials include worker safety, worker's compensation, fascism, communism, foreign policy, Hubert Humphrey, and the state of labor in Texas.


Organization

Records consist of 25 folders arranged alphabetically according to subject, with Congressional voting records placed at the end of the collection.

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
Evans, Roy R., 1925- --Archives.
Ellinger, W. Don.--Archives.
Organizations
Texas AFL-CIO--Records and correspondence.
AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Political activity--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor leaders--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Industrial Safety--Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

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

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

AR394, Texas AFL-CIO Records


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas AFL-CIO Records, AR256, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1976. Accessioned as number 76-5.


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 Brannon, Thomas - Itineraries, reports, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, 1972-1973
2 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence with newspaper clippings, 1948-1949
3 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, 1953-1954
4 Ellinger, W. Don - Voting records, roll call vote data, 1958-1960
5 Ellinger, W. Don - Correspondence, newsletters, booklets, 1958-1961
6 Fascism - Letters, newspapers, 1952
7 Foreign Policy - Correspondence, printed material, 1950-1955
8 Institute of International Education (IIE) - Pamphlets, correspondence, 1960
9 Legislative Goals for 1971 - Pamphlet, memorandum, 1971
10 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1966, 1969, 1971
11 The O'Daniel Act - Memorandum with newspaper clippings, 1966
12 Political Campaign Contributions - Release, correspondence, newspaper clippings, newspaper, 1970-1972
13 Politics - Printed material, correspondence, 1967-1968
Box Folder
2 1 The Review (Texas State Federation of Labor) - Annual publication, 1952-1956
2 Safety (Comparison of State Codes and Rules) - Charts, booklets, 1958-1966
3 Safety (Evans, Roy R.) - Correspondence, 1963-1964, 1966
4 Safety (Job Safety In Texas) - Printed Material, bills, bill analysis, 1963-1967
Box Folder
3 1 Safety (Workmen's Compensation) - Bill, remarks, articles, resolution, summary, analysis, memorandum, 1960-1964
2 Schmidt, Fred H. - Correspondence, report, 1957, 1960, 1965
3 Slifford, J.W. - Itineraries, reports, memorandum, 1971-1973
4 Vaughan, Jackie - Itineraries, reports, correspondence, 1971-1973
5 Congressional Voting Records - Booklets, newspaper, newspaper clipping, reports, 1947-1948
6 Congressional Voting Records - Booklet, reports, 1949-1950
7 Congressional Voting Records - Newletters, reports, 1951-1952
8 Congressional Voting Records - Booklet, reports, correspondence, newspaper, notes, 1953-1954