University of Texas Arlington

Texas AFL-CIO Records:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas AFL-CIO.
Title: Texas AFL-CIO Records
Dates: 1918-1975
Dates (Bulk): 1950-1969
Identification: AR110
Extent: 320 boxes (133.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Formed by the merger of the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas State CIO Council on July 29, 1957. Originally formed as the Texas State AFL-CIO, the name was shortened in 1963 to Texas AFL-CIO.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial records, legal records, minutes, reports, speeches, biographical sketches, lists, convention records, constitutions, newsletters, photographic material, posters, agreements, radio scripts, clippings, films, audio recordings, scrapbooks, statistical data, notes, pamphlets, manuals, and booklets. Files of the officers and department directors. Includes personal papers of some of the officers. Also includes records of pre-merger organizations: Texas State Federation of Labor, Texas State Industrial Union Council, and the Texas State CIO Council.


The Texas AFL-CIO records are organized in 29 series, each of which has a separate finding aid:
Series 1. Executive board office records, 1957-1971
Series 2. Reading files, 1957-1973
Series 3. Education Dept. records, 1957-1969
Series 4. Legal records, 1952-1970
Series 5. Legislative Dept. records, 1957-1972
Series 6. Public Relations Dept. records, 1951-1965
Series 7. Mexican-American Affairs Committee records, 1951-1971
Series 8. Committee on Political Education records, 1947-1972
Series 9. W. Don Ellinger papers, 1946-1961
Series 10. Convention records, 1956-1975
Series 11. Personalities collection, 1928-1973
Series 12. Printing pockets, 1952-1972
Series 13. Directories, 1955-1969
Series 14. Clippings collection, 1937-1972
Series 15. Texas State Federation of Labor records, 1932-1957
Series 16. Texas State CIO Council records, 1937-1957
Series 17. Texas State Industrial Union Council (1962- ) records, 1961-1967
Series 18. Correspondence with Texas central labor councils, 1957-1967
Series 19. Correspondence with Texas labor associations, 1952-1964
Series 20. Correspondence with other state AFL-CIO organizations, 1944-1971
Series 21. Correspondence with AFL-CIO national headquarters, 1952-1962
Series 22. Correspondence with international unions, 1938-1969
Series 23. Correspondence with federal agencies, 1957-1969
Series 24. Correspondence with state agencies, 1949-1968
Series 25. Correspondence with non-union associations and organizations, 1935-1969
Series 26. Correspondence with Democratic Party organizations, 1952-1966
Series 27. Records from the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission, 1962-1968
Series 28. Tape recordings collection, 1956-1972
Series 29. Photographs and scrapbooks, 1950-1969



Portions of series 16 are restricted. The remainder of the records are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Texas State Federation of Labor. Records.
Texas State Industrial Union Council. Records.
Texas State CIO Council. Records.
Texas AFL-CIO--Records and correspondence.
Texas State Federation of Labor--Records and correspondence.
Texas State CIO Council--Records and correspondence.
Labor unions--Texas--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information


See the finding aids for the individual series for provenance/acquisition information. .


Texas AFL-CIO Records, AR110, Series Number, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.