© 2002 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and
Archives, Cornell University Library
Paul F. Brissenden,
collector. Research materials on labor injunctions in New York State,
Brissenden, Paul F.(Paul
10 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Case files, project records,
manuscripts, clippings, legislative drafts, correspondence, and
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives,
Cornell University Library
Consist chiefly of case files of injunctions
brought in New York State; also include Brissenden's project records,
manuscripts, clippings, drafts of legislation, correspondence, reports, etc.
relating to the study of labor injunctions.
Collection material in English
Administrative records of this project include grant proposals,
financial records re project expenditures, interim progress reports (1929-1935)
and a summary report (1937). Also correspondence with participating attorneys
and with Edwin Witte (Wisconsin Free Library).
The largest part of the collection consists of six hundred and twenty
case files, organized by case name, reproduced from New York State county clerk
records and those of participating attorneys. Cases fall into four general
categories: 1) employer vs. union; 2) union vs. employer; 3) interunion; 4)
non-labor. Case files typically include trial transcripts, appeals, legal
documents, notes, clippings, correspondence, and supporting documents such as
responses of attorneys to questionnaires on economics, procedure and practice.
Examples of acts frequently restrained include picketing, labor violence,
boycotts, strikes, use of scabs, refusal to submit to labor dispute settlement
by an impartial chairman, layoffs, unfair labor practices, use of individual
contracts and yellow dog contracts.
Union background files cover labor unions involved in New York State
injunction cases, arranged by major industrial sectors (food, clothing, shoes,
and building workers and laundry drivers). Files also include a list of New
York State injunction cases by major industrial union, constitutions, bylaws,
broadsides, trade union publications, employment contracts, collective
agreements, and clippings. There are two manuscript volumes summarizing the
General background materials accumulated for the project include
manuscripts by Albert Fribourg, International Juridical Association, and
manuscript notes, pamphlets and clippings on the following subjects: use of the
injunction by federal and state courts, anti-injunction law, yellow dog
contracts, collective agreements, and work contracts.
Anti-injunction legislation materials include drafts of bills and
correspondence re the Shipstead and Blaine Bills (Anti-Injunction Act, 1932),
between Brissenden, Herman Oliphant, Felix Frankfurter, Francis Sayre, William
Green, Edwin E. Witte, William D. Mitchell, President Herbert Hoover, and
George W. Norris. Correspondence concerns judicial procedure and practice,
legislation to define and limit jurisdiction of courts in labor disputes, trial
by jury in cases of direct criminal attempts, and equity courts. Also, drafts
of legislation in effect in Arizona, Illinois, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon,
Rhode Island, and Wisconsin; correspondence and memoranda concerned with
legislation before the New Jersey Chancery (1935) and New York State
Also included are manuscripts of reports derived from the study,
including studies dealing with the injunctive process, rules of procedure, and
legal disposition of cases, as well as statistical tables summarizing the data
gathered by Brissenden.
Also included are scrapbooks of clippings on the New Deal period
concerned with the U.S. Public Works Administration, unemployment relief
measures for women, artists, youth, white collar workers, strikes by Work
Projects Administration employees and cooperative exchange of goods and
Brissenden, Paul F.
Norris, George W. (George
Witte, Edwin E. (Edwin
United States. Public
Labor injunctions--New Jersey.
Labor injunctions--New York
New Deal, 1933-1939.
Public service employment--United
Strikes and lockouts--United
Unfair labor practices--United
Yellow dog contract.
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