Melvyn Dubofsky Audio-Visual Materials

Collection Number: 6218 AV

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Melvyn Dubofsky Audio-Visual Materials, 1971-1974
Collection Number:
6218 AV
Creator:
Dubofsky, Melvyn
Quantity:
0.6 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audiovisual materials.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This is a collection of interviews about John L. Lewis with W. Jett Lauck, A.H. Raskin, Len DeCaux, David Dubinsky and Jacob Potofsky.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Melvyn Dubofsky is the Bartle Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This is a collection of interviews about John L. Lewis with W. Jett Lauck, A.H. Raskin, Len DeCaux, David Dubinsky and Jacob Potofsky.
PROCESSING INFORMATION:

All audio cassettes in this collection have been digitized.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Dubofsky, Melvyn, 1934-
Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969
Lauck, W. Jett (William Jett), 1879-1949
Raskin, A. H. (Abraham Henry), 1911-
DeCaux, Len
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979

Form and Genre Terms:
Audiovisual materials.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Melvyn Dubofsky Audio-Visual Materials #6218 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6218: Melvyn Dubofsky Papers

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Item 1 1974
Format: Audio cassette tape
4/18/1974. Run time 0:47:12. Recording begins mid-interview. Topics include Jacob Potofsky discussing his experiences with John L. Lewis in the 1930s and 1940s, the United Mine Workers, Lewis' FBI file, disagreements between Potofsky, Lewis, and Sidney Hillman, experiences with Lewis' family, W. Jett Lauck, Philip Murray, the suggestion that Lewis would resign as president of the CIO if Roosevelt was elected, the United Mine Workers breaking their affiliation with the CIO, Lewis' involvement with communists, Lewis' relationship with Jewish people. Recording ends mid-sentence.
Box 2 Item 1 1974
Format: Audio cassette tape
6/4/1974. Run time 0:55:06. Recording begins mid-interview. Topics include A. H. Raskin discussing John L. Lewis in the 1940s, how they first met, changing impressions of Lewis over time, Lewis' health and career, impressions of Lewis' family, Daniel Tobin, David Dubinsky's statements about the AFL and CIO merging, Lewis' political commitments during and after WWII, anti-trust questions, his involvement with Eaton, President Truman's foreign policies, Lewis' offer to run for Vice President, Lewis in comparison to other labor leaders, his relationship with employees, his connections with coal companies, Lewis' ego and power, and how Lewis ran the CIO. Recording ends mid-sentence.
Box 3 Item 1 1971
Format: Audio cassette tape
4/7-8/1971. Run time 1:03:18. Recording begins mid-interview. Topics include Leonard DeCaux discussing his approach to books on labor history and why he wrote them the way he did including the book "Labor Radical: From the Wobblies to CIO, a personal history", Dubofsky's views on labor history, errors the 'left' made during the CIO period, DeCaux's generous attitude toward Hillman and Murray, thoughts on the communist movement, Lewis' efforts to control the union and how it changed over time, Lewis as a man without philosophy class distinctions, policy making by the AFL-CIO, discovering labor leaders that had Communist ties and the conflict about how to report it, the 'players' in building the CIO and their connections, the influence of the Cold War on the labor movement, the CIO's communist purge, Lewis and the labor movement during the 1930's, Roosevelt, the New Deal, and W. Jett Lauck's influence on Lewis.
Box 4 Item 1 1972
Format: Audio cassette tape
9/21/1972. Run time 0:46:45. Recording begins mid-interview. Topics include David Dubinsky discussing his first meeting with John L. Lewis, his resignation from the Executive Council, Dubinsky's efforts toward peace and reunification, his involvement with the CIO and the AFL, analysis of why Lewis rejected the agreement in 1937, Dubinsky's relationship with Lewis and with President Roosevelt, Lewis' political beliefs, his relationships with Jews, social events with Lewis or his family, Dubinsky compares Lewis with other labor leaders, Lewis' relationship with communists.
Box 5 Item 1
Format: Audio cassette tape
No date. Run time 0:21:17. Topics include Melvyn Dubofsky analyzing his interviews and recording verbal notes.