Matthew Woll Papers

Collection Number: 5262

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Matthew Woll Papers, 1943-1957
Collection Number:
5262
Creator:
Woll, Matthew
Quantity:
1.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Papers (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of newspaper clippings about the activities of Matthew Woll from 1914 until his death in 1956.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Matthew Woll was born in Luxembourg on January 25, 1860. He moved to Chicago with his parents when he was eleven years old.
In 1906, two years after getting his law degree from Lake Forest University College of Law, Mr. Woll was elected President of the Photo Engravers Union. He served in this capacity until 1929; he then became Vice President of the Photo Engravers and held this position until his death on June 1, 1956.
In 1919 he was elected eighth Vice President of the AFL He worked closely with Samuel Gompers and many observers of the labor movement were surprised when he was not elected to succeed Mr. Gompers as president of the AFL. When the AFL and CIO merged in 1955, he became the first Vice President of the AFL-CIO.
One of his contributions to the labor movement was the Union Labor Life Insurance Co. He was among the first to recognize the need for insurance protection for trade union members. He was prominent in organizing the company and became its first president in 1927. His leadership helped the company to develop into a respected organization in the insurance field.
He served on many labor, civic, political, and cultural committees, including the War Labor Board - World War I, National War Labor Board - World War II, Chairman of the AFL International Relations Committee, Editor of the Photo Engravers' journal, National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, N.Y.S. Insurance Advisory Board and Director of Sportsmanship Brotherhood. He also wrote one book entitled Labor, Industry and Government.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Woll, Matthew, 1880--1956

Form and Genre Terms:
Papers (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
Matthew Woll Papers #5262. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Box 1 Folder 1 1914-1919
Box 1 Folder 2 1920
Box 1 Folder 3 1921
Box 1 Folder 4 1922
Box 1 Folder 5 1923
Box 1 Folder 6 1924
Box 1 Folder 7 1925
Box 1 Folder 8 1926
Box 1 Folder 9 1927
Box 1 Folder 10 1928
Box 1 Folder 11 1929
Box 1 Folder 12 1930
Box 1 Folder 13 1931
Box 2
Box 2 Folder 1 1932
Box 2 Folder 2 1933
Box 2 Folder 3 1934
Box 2 Folder 4 1935
Box 2 Folder 5 1936
Box 2 Folder 6 1937
Box 2 Folder 7 1938
Box 2 Folder 8 1939
Box 2 Folder 9 1940
Box 2 Folder 10 1941
Box 2 Folder 11 1942
Box 3
Box 3 Folder 1 1954-1956
October 6, 1954 and June 2, 1956
Box 3 Folder 2 1929
February 1929
Box 3 Folder 3
Box 3 Folder 4 1943
Box 3 Folder 5 1944
Box 3 Folder 6 1945
Box 3 Folder 7 1946
Box 3 Folder 8 1947
Box 3 Folder 9 1948
Box 3 Folder 10 1949
Box 3 Folder 11 1950
Box 3 Folder 12 1951
Box 3 Folder 13 1952
Box 3 Folder 14 1953
Box 3 Folder 15 1954
Box 3 Folder 16 1955
Box 3 Folder 17 1956-1957