Harry Block papers, 1933-1960

1443

Collection Overview

Title:
Harry Block papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1933-1960
Creator:
Block, Harry, 1908-1988
Abstract:
Harry Block (1908-1988) was a leader in both the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO (1960-1982). This collection documents the formation and history of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, its successor, the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Collection Number:
1443
Size:
3.5 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Harry Block (1908-1988) was financial secretary of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) local 18368 (1933-1936), vice-president of the UE (1936-1946), president of its successor, the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE) (1949-1972), and secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania CIO Council (1946-1960).

Having organized production workers of Philco Corporation into locals 101 and 102 of the IUE, Block headed a bitter strike of its 8,000 members (1954). Block later played a role in the contentious merger in Pennsylvania of the AFL and CIO (1960), the national organizations having merged five years previously. He then became secretary of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO (1960-1982).

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Collection Overview

The collection documents the organization of the electrical manufacturing industry. Highlights include: early attempts to obtain a charter from the AFL and subsequent membership in the CIO; struggles for control of the union by internal factions; and the 1949 withdrawal of the union from the CIO in reaction to charges of Communist control.

The collection includes: IUE-CIO convention proceedings, booklets, newsletters, memorabilia, and reference publications. 8 reels of microfilm contain meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, financial documents, and the journals Philco Flash and The Microphone.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Block papers, HCLA 1443, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

Harry Block donated four reels of microfilm created from his personal papers to Pennsylvania State University in 1967. The remainder of the collection was donated in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by G. Johns, June 2014.

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Related Materials

Related Material

An oral history with Harry Block (1967) can be found in the United Steelworkers of America and Labor Oral History collection (HCLA 1684) at the Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Microforms

Personal Name(s)

  • Block, Harry, 1908-1988

Subject(s)

  • Labor -- Electrical Workers -- CIO -- AFL -- Pennsylvania

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Other Finding Aids

A microfilm index is available in the repository; filed in the Control Folder.

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Collection Inventory

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