© 2002 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Commission on Industrial Relations special agents' files, 1908-1931 [bulk 1914-1931].
United States.Commission on Industrial Relations.
2.3 linear ft.
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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Largely files of correspondence (1911-1914) relating to the United States Commission on Industrial Relations' study on the
growth of trade union membership in the United States and the extent of organization in various occupations and trades.
Collection material in English
The Commission on Industrial Relations was established by Act of Congress on August 23, 1912. The Commission's charge was
to "inquire into the general condition of labor in the principal industries of the United States, including agriculture, and
especially in those which are carried on in corporate forms ...; into the growth of associations of employers and of wage
earners and the effect of such associations upon the relations between employers and employees ..." among other duties.
Professor George E. Barnett of Johns Hopkins University and Leo Wolman, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins, were hired by
the Commission to investigate several matters relating to union membership and the specific nature of several collective bargaining
agreements. Dr. Wolman later went on to become a professor of economics specializing in labor and industrial relations at
Barnett, George Ernest,1873-1938.
American Federation of Labor.
San Francisco Labor Council.
Independent unions--United States--Membership.
Industrial relations--Research--United States.
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