David Cole Interviews

Collection Number: 5588 AV

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


David Cole Interviews, 1974-1975
Collection Number:
5588 AV
Cole, David L.;
Mackell, Thomas J., Jr.;
Morris, J.
0.7 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audiovisual materials, oral histories (document genre).
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Audio tapes of David Cole interviews.
Collection material in English


David Lawrence Cole was a graduate of Harvard University (BS., 1921) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (LL.B., 1924, LL.D., 1964.) Although he practiced law in Paterson, N.J. from 1926 until his death as senior partner in the law firm of Cole, Berman & Belksy, David Cole will chiefly be remembered for a distinguished career as a government arbitrator and mediator. In this field he served on numerous state and federal boards and in various governmental agencies. Cole was chairman of the New Jersey State Board of Mediation; a public member of Region 2, United States War Labor Board; and chairman of the Presidential Boards of Inquiry in the bituminous coal industry (1948) and in the longshore industry (1953, 1968). Cole was also a member or chairman of numerous Presidential Emergency Boards which settled disputes in the railroad and airline industries (1948-1958); the chairman of the conciliation service for the New York City transit service (1961-1965); director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (1952-1953); chairman of the New Jersey Governor's Committee on Public Utility Strike Service (1952-1953); member of the President's Labor-Management Advisory Committee (1961-1964); and member of the New York Governor's Public Employee Relations Committee (1966-1968), which established the New York State Public Employee Relations Board. Cole was also appointed as chairman of the President's Commission on Industrial Peace in 1973.
Beyond his public service, Mr. Cole was active as a counsel for employer groups in the textile industry (1926-1942) and as an impartial chairman for other labor-management contract disputes. He was also impartial arbitrator for the AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan (1954-1976), served as a visiting professor at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University (1954-1955) and was Kestenbaum lecturer at Harvard in 1962. Mr. Cole was the author of INDUSTRIAL PEACE (1963).

Cole, David L.
Makell, Thomas J., Jr.
Morris, J.

Form and Genre Terms:
Audiovisual materials
Oral histories (document genre).


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:
David Cole Interviews #5588 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5122: David L. Cole Arbitration Transcripts
5588: David L. Cole Papers
5588 mf: David Cole Additional Arbitration Records on Microfilm
5737 OHT: Oral History Interview with David Cole by Jerry N. Hess
6116m: David L. Cole Report on "Conscious Promotion in Practice of Better Labor-Management Cooperation"
6201 OH: Dennis Gaffney Collection of a Paul Cole Interview Audio-Visual Materials
6202: New York State AFL-CIO Paul Cole Files
6202 AV: New York State AFL-CIO Paul Cole Interviews Audio-Visual Materials
6202 OH: New York State AFL-CIO Paul Cole Interviews Oral History on Minidiscs
6202 P(d): New York State AFL-CIO Paul Cole Digital Photographs


Box 1 Item 1 1974
Box 2 Item 1 1974
Box 3 Item 1 1975
Box 4 Item 1 1975
Box 5 Item 1 1975
Box 6 Item 1