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Robert Williams Dunn papers , circa 1895-1977
Overview of the Collection
- Dunn, Robert W. (Robert Williams), 1895-1977
- Robert Williams Dunn papers
- circa 1895-1977 (inclusive)18951977
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
- Collection Number
- Ax 794
- Robert Dunn (1895-1977) was a political activist and economic researcher. Collection contains papers relating to the United Textiles Workers of America Strike and Bail Fund of the Civil Rights Congress of New York.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
1299 University of Oregon
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
Robert W. Dunn was Born in Huntington, Pa. June 1, 1895. After graduation from Yale in 1918 he worked in New England for the Amalgamated Textile Workers Unions as an organizer and economic researcher.
He was an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union from its creation in 1920, and was secretary of their affiliated division, the New England Civil Liberties Committee. In 1923 he joined the ACLU National Committee, and from 1933 through 1941 he served on the Board of Directors.
In 1927 he founded the Labor Research Association and was its executive secretary until 1975. The Association assembles economic data on American labor for trade unions. Among its publications is The Labor Fact Book, a biennial reference volume, of which Dunn edited seventeen volumes.
In the 1920's he was interested in the Soviet Union and made two trips there, one as research director of the Quaker Relief Committee in 1922- 1923 and later as secretary to the American Trade Union Delegation to Russia in 1927. He was a co-author with Stuart Chase and Rexford Guy Tugwell of the report, Soviet Russia in the Second Decade.
Source:Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LP000096.pdf
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Collection contains papers relating to the United Textiles Workers of America Strike and Bail Fund of the Civil Rights Congress of New York.
Textile Workers papers include his correspondence, relevant reports, bulletins, conference minutes, pamphlets and broadsides, and press releases.
Bail Fund papers include case, financial, and liquidation records and related clippings.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- United Textile Workers of America
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