BLS Wage and Earnings Reports

Collection Number: 5392

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
BLS Wage and Earnings Reports, 1909-1952
Collection Number:
5392
Creator:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Quantity:
3.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Results of studies and surveys on wages, earnings, and productivity trends.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The need for the collection of labor statistics was recognized by Congress in 1884 when it established the Bureau of Labor in the Department of the Interior. In 1913 the Bureau was transferred to the newly created Department of Labor under the title Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Commissioner is nominated by the President of the United States. He has advisory committees from labor and management to provide him with practical advice in the preparation and publication of statistics that will be most useful.
The Bureau's work is divided into eight main divisions and currently goes far beyond the collection of labor statistics. There are five regional offices which collect information within their geographical area.
Productivity statistics are the responsibility of the Productivity and Technological Development Section of the Manpower and Productivity Division.
Productivity studies began with the creation of the Bureau when unemployment raised questions about the replacement of men by machines. In 1898 a study was made on the labor input required according to the manufacturing process adapted. In 1925 labor organizations urged the Bureau to determine the progress of technical developments for they felt labor was not getting its fair share.
With the depression, interest was focussed on unemployment and the American Federation of Labor was responsible for a continuing study of productivity and labor costs under the Works Progress Administration.
At the end of World War II productivity in relation to wages became an important factor in the negotiation of labor contracts, but the measurement of productivity was subject to considerable disagreement. The Bureau of the Budget and the Bureau of Labor Statistics called a conference of experts to help bring the methods of calculating productivity up to date. The Congress voted additional funds for a new approach to the problem.
Beginning in 1946 the Bureau began studies of productivity based on data provided voluntarily by a group of sample firms as well as on calculations from other statistical sources. The results of both series were published and widely-circulated and a short summary published in the Monthly Labor Review. The studies include a great deal of background information on the industry and are written for all potential users.
SUBJECTS

Names:
United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Subjects:
Cost and standard of living -- United States.
Wages -- United States

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
BLS Wage and Earnings Reports #5392. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5403 mf: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Budget for Special Reports on Microfilm
6178: BLS/OLMS Collection of Collective Bargaining Agreements

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1909-1950
Box 1 Folder 2 1909-1948
Box 1 Folder 3 1935-1950
Box 1 Folder 4 1935-1948
Box 1 Folder 5 1935-1951
Box 1 Folder 6
Box 1 Folder 7 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 8 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 9 1939-1949
Box 1 Folder 10 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 11 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 12 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 13 1939-1951
Box 1 Folder 14 1935-1950
Box 1 Folder 15 1952
Mar-52
Box 1 Folder 16 1917-1948
Box 1 Folder 17
Box 1 Folder 18 1952
Nov-52
Box 1 Folder 19 1952
Jan-52
Box 1 Folder 20 1939-1951
Box 1 Folder 21 1939-1947
Box 1 Folder 22 1939-1951
Box 1 Folder 23 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 24 1919-1951
Box 1 Folder 25 1951
Aug-51
Box 1 Folder 26 1935-1948
Box 1 Folder 27 1951
December 1951
Box 1 Folder 28 1935-1950
Box 1 Folder 29 1939-1947
Box 1 Folder 30 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 31 1952
Jan-52
Box 1 Folder 32 1951
Aug-51
Box 1 Folder 33 1951
Aug-51
Box 1 Folder 34 1949-1950
Box 1 Folder 35 1945-1949
Box 1 Folder 36 1951
Dec-51
Box 1 Folder 37
Box 1 Folder 38 1951
Nov-51
Box 1 Folder 39 1951
Dec-51
Box 1 Folder 40 1951
Dec-51
Box 1 Folder 41
Box 1 Folder 42 1935-1951
Box 1 Folder 43 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 44 1952
Feb-52
Box 1 Folder 45 1939-1949
Box 1 Folder 46 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 47 1952
Nov-52
Box 1 Folder 48
Box 1 Folder 49 1935-1947
Box 1 Folder 50 1939-1950
Box 1 Folder 51 1939-1949
Box 1 Folder 52 1951
Nov-51
Box 2 Folder 1 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 2 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 3 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 4 1949-1950
Box 2 Folder 5 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 6 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 7 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 8 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 9 1949-1950
Box 2 Folder 10 1939-1946
Box 2 Folder 11 1946-1947
Box 2 Folder 12 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 13 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 14 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 15 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 16 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 17 1939-1950
Box 2 Folder 18
Box 2 Folder 19 1939-1945
Box 2 Folder 20 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 21 1945-1947
Box 2 Folder 22 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 23 1949-1950
Supplement
Box 2 Folder 24 1939-1948
Box 2 Folder 25 1939-1946
Box 2 Folder 26 1946-1948
Box 2 Folder 27 1948-1950
Box 2 Folder 28 1950-1951
Box 2 Folder 29 1945-1948
Box 2 Folder 30 1939-1945
Box 2 Folder 31 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 32 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 33 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 34 1949-1950
Box 2 Folder 35 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 36 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 37 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 38 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 39 1945-1949
Box 2 Folder 40 1939-1949
Box 2 Folder 41 1935-1949
Box 2 Folder 42 1939-1949
Box 2 Folder 43 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 44 1949-1950
Box 2 Folder 45 1939-1948
Box 2 Folder 46 1939-1947
Box 2 Folder 47 1947-1948
Box 2 Folder 48 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 49 1939-1946
Box 2 Folder 50 1946-1948
Box 2 Folder 51 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 52 1949-1950
Box 2 Folder 53 1945-1949
Box 2 Folder 54 1947-1949
Box 3 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 1
Box 3 Folder 18
Box 3 Folder 17
Box 3 Folder 16
Box 3 Folder 15
Box 3 Folder 14
Box 3 Folder 13
Box 3 Folder 20
Box 3 Folder 11
Box 3 Folder 21
Box 3 Folder 9
Box 3 Folder 8
Box 3 Folder 7
Box 3 Folder 6
Box 3 Folder 5
Box 3 Folder 4
Box 3 Folder 3
Box 3 Folder 2
Box 3 Folder 12
Box 3 Folder 30
Box 3 Folder 39
Box 3 Folder 38
Box 3 Folder 37
Box 3 Folder 36
Box 3 Folder 35
Box 3 Folder 34
Box 3 Folder 33
Box 3 Folder 19
Box 3 Folder 31
Box 3 Folder 40
Box 3 Folder 29
Box 3 Folder 28
Box 3 Folder 27
Box 3 Folder 26
Box 3 Folder 25
Box 3 Folder 24
Box 3 Folder 23
Box 3 Folder 22
Box 3 Folder 32