Correspondence of American Federation of Labor President William Green on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5402 mf

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Correspondence of American Federation of Labor President William Green on Microfilm, 1926-1951
Collection Number:
5402 mf
Creator:
American Federation of Labor Green, William
Quantity:
53 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection consists of 43 rolls of microfilm of all letters sent out over William Green's signature during his term as President of the A.F.L. from 1926 to 1952. The first roll is number 2.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William Green (1873-1952) was an American trade union leader. He is remembered for serving as the President of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952. Green became president of the AFL following the death of Samuel Gompers. In 1933, he persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to appoint him to the Labor Advisory Council of the National Recovery Administration. He is also remembered for presiding over the split in the AFL which led to the founding of the congress of Industrial Organizations.
Under Green the AFL moved to a more cooperative style when politicking for labor. He promoted for a cutback in the hours of labor, believing that it would increase worker's living standards.
As a result of his support the Norris-La Guardia Act of 1932 was passed, directed at reducing the practice o f labor restrictions and elimination of "yellow dog contracts". Green was also succesful in gaining federation support for a national unemployment insurance system sponsored mostly by employer donations. In 1935 he helped with the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, aimed at empoering workers' rights to organize and take part in collective bargaining. And in 1938 Green helped to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act, becoming the first federal law in instituting minimum wages and the 40-hour work week.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Letters sent out with William Green's signature during his term as president of the A.F. of L.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Green, William, 1872-1952
American Federation of Labor

Subjects:
Labor unions -- United States -- History -- Sources.

Form and Genre Terms:
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
Correspondence of American Federation of Labor President William Green on Microfilm #5402 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5431 mf: Letterpress Copybooks of Samuel Gompers and William Green, Presidents on Microfilm
5760 mf: American Federation of Labor Records, Part 2 on Microfilm
5761 mf: William Green Papers on Microfilm

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1a item 1
Reel 2a item 1
Reel 3a item 1
Reel 4a item 1
Reel 5a item 1
Reel 6a item 1
Reel 7a item 1 1949-1952
Reel 8a item 1
Reel 121 item 1 1926
positive
Reel 122 item 1 1926
positive
Reel 123 item 1 1927
positive
Reel 124 item 1 1928
positive
Reel 125 item 1 1929
positive
Reel 126 item 1 1930
positive
Reel 127 item 1 1930
positive
Reel 128 item 1 1931
positive
Reel 129 item 1 1932
positive
Reel 130 item 1 1932
positive
Reel 131 item 1 1933
positive
Reel 132 item 1 1933
positive
Reel 132 item 2 1933
positive
Reel 134 item 1 1934
positive
Reel 135 item 1 1934
positive
Reel 136 item 1 1934
positive
Reel 137 item 1 1935
positive
Reel 138 item 1 1935
positive
Reel 139 item 1 1935
positive
Reel 140 item 1 1936
positive
Reel 141 item 1 1936
positive
Reel 142 item 1 1937
positive
Reel 143 item 1 1937
positive
Reel 144 item 1 1937
Reel 145 item 1 1938
positive
Reel 146 item 1 1938
positive
Reel 147 item 1 1939
positive
Reel 148 item 1 1939
positive
Reel 149 item 1 1940
positive
Reel 150 item 1 1940
positive
Reel 151 item 1 1941
positive
Reel 152 item 1 1941
positive
Reel 153 item 1 1942
positive
Reel 154 item 1 1942
positive
Reel 155 item 1 1943
positive
Reel 156 item 1 1944
positive
Reel 157 item 1 1945
positive
Reel 158 item 1 1946
positive
Reel 159 item 1 1947
positive
Reel 160 item 1 1948
positive
Reel 161 item 1 1949
positive
Reel 162 item 1 1950
positive
Reel 163 item 1 1951
positive
Reel 166 item 1 1942