Inventory of the Catholic Labor Institute Collection

Clay Stalls
William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
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Inventory of the Catholic Labor Institute Collection

Collection number: CSLA-41

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Clay Stalls, Erin Golightly
Date Completed:
September 2012
Encoded by:
Clay Stalls
© 2012 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Catholic Labor Institute Collection.
Dates: 1944-2003
Collection number: CSLA-41
Creator: Coogan, Thomas. F., Reverend, d. 1947
Creator: Henning, Patrick W.
Collection Size: 4 linear feet(1 archival document box, 2 oversize boxes)
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs and organizational subject files of the Catholic Labor Institute that document the organization's early history in Los Angeles from the late 1940s through the early 1950s, and then the final years of its existence, the late 1980s to circa 1991.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Series number, Box number and Folder number, Catholic Labor Institute Collection, CSLA-41, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Donation of Patrick W. Henning, through Kenneth C. Burt. Michael Engh, S.J., served as the intermediary for the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection, 2003.

History of the Catholic Labor Institute

Reverend Thomas F. Coogan founded the Catholic Labor Institute (CLI) on 13 February 1947; Reverend Joseph V. Kearney was it spiritual director. Membership was for "practical Catholics" and for members of labor unions, per the CLI's constitution. That Los Angeles Archbishop John Cantwell blessed the organization spoke to its roots in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of the CLI was to support workers and labor unions in Southern California through such means as newsletters, programs and classes, discussion groups, counseling, and a speakers bureau.
The group's purpose was fulfilled in different ways. Coogan headed—before his untimely death 26 October 1947—the Leo XIII School of Social Action. Other CLI outreaches included the Pius XI School of Labor Relations, at St. Mary's in Boyle Heights that Reverend Thomas O'Dwyer directed. In 1947, Coogan set the tone for the Catholic Labor Institute at its first Labor Day mass at St. Vibiana's Cathedral (which became an annual event presided over by the archbishop of Los Angeles, along with a breakfast) when he criticized the Taft-Hartley Labor Act, which had curtailed the Wagner Act. The union leaders in the pews were undoubtedly pleased at this denunciation.
The CLI also took an active stance against Communism, opposing the communist-dominated United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Local 142 in its drive to lead Standard Coil in Los Angeles.
The Catholic Labor Institute was especially active in the Mexican-American community of Los Angeles, including the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union (See the blog post of Kenneth Burt "Catholic Labor Institute in Los Angeles", http://http://kennethburt.com/blog/?p=729; accessed 13 September 2012). To this end, it offered citizenship classes in support of its Mexican American constitutents.
The last director of the CLI was Patrick W. Henning. The organization ended sometime in the early 1990s.

Description of the Catholic Labor Institute Collection

The Catholic Labor Institute Collection documents the history of the Catholic Labor Institute (CLI) through photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, flyers, pamphlets, and personal notes (most likely those of the last director of the CLI, Patrick W. Henning). The materials principally cover the first five years of the CLI's existence (1947-1952), and the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Patrick W. Henning was its director--and its last.
Of special interest in this collection are the materials documenting the break between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under Cardinal Roger Mahony and the Catholic Labor Institute over the unionization of the archdiocese's cemetery workers (see Series 1, Box 1, Folders 4 and 5). Also noteworthy are the materials on the classes and programs that the CLI sponsored to educate and train workers in union organizing (see Series 1, Box 1, Folder 1; and Series 3, Box 2ov).

Arrangement

The Catholic Labor Institute Collection is arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Subject Files
  • Series 2: Oversized Photographs
  • Series 3: Album
  • Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Coogan, Thomas. F., Reverend, d. 1947
    Henning, Patrick W.
    Kearney, Joseph V., Reverend
    Mahony, Roger Michael, Cardinal, 1936-
    Working Class -- California -- Los Angeles
    Labor Movement -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
    Labor -- Religious Aspects -- Catholic Church


    Box and Folder List

     

    Series 1: Subject Files 1944-2003

    Physical Description: 1.0 document boxes

    Series Description

    This series consists of subject files that Patrick W. Henning created as director of the Catholic Labor Institute (CLI). There are also subject files related to the early work of the CLI under Reverend Thomas F. Coogan and Reverend Joseph V. Kearney in the 1940s and 1950s, which Henning probably preserved. For example, the materials in folder 1 came from a file folder labelled in pencil "Institute History," which Henning may have kept for his own reference or to preserve the history of the CLI or both.
    Materials in this series include newspaper clippings on labor issues in Los Angeles and California or the CLI, pamphlets for training programs and classes of the CLI, press releases, correpsondence, the newsletter of the CLI ("The Mediator"), speeches, and photographs.
    Box 1, Folder 1

    General Subject File 1944-1986

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Father Joseph V. Kearney and Reverend Thomas F. Coogan incoming and outgoing correspondence, The Mediator (Catholic Labor Institute newsletter), memorandum and registrants list re National Catholic Social Action Conference, radio script
    Box 1, Folder 2

    "Institute History" 1957-1962

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Photographs of annual Labor Day mass and breakfast, with Cardinal James Frances McIntyre, Burton Chace, and "Father Kearney." Catholic Labor Insitute pamphlets. Speech of Reverend Thomas F. Coogan.
    Box 1, Folder 3

    Cardinal Roger Mahoney Subject File 1975-1991

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Catholic Labor Institute pamphlets. Cardinal Roger Mahoney statement re disturbance at California Agricultural Labor Board. Patrick W.Henning incoming and outgoing correspondence with Cardinal Roger Mahoney. Newspaper clippings re Roman Catholic social policy.
    Box 1, Folder 4

    General Subject File 1971-1989

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Catholic Labor Institute press release. Notes (by Patrick W. Henning?). Newspaper articles (copies). 38 black and white 8x10 photographs, including Tom Bradley, Archbishop Timothy Manning, Cardinal John Francis McIntyre, and Cardinal Roger Mahony. Patrick W Henning outgoing correspondence with Cardinal Mahony. Catholic Labor Institute pamphlets.
    Box 1, Folder 5

    Correspondence with Cardinal Roger Mahony 1989

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Catholic Labor Institute confidential memorandum re Cardinal Roger Mahony. Patrick W. Henning incoming and outgoing correspondence with Cardinal Roger Mahony, especially re cemetery workers' unionization. Copy of California State Assembly Bill 1100, with supporting material.
    Box 1, Folder 6

    Citizenship Class 1956

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Photograph, newspaper clipping re Catholic Labor Institute citizenship class.
    Box 1, Folder 7

    General Subject File 1958-2003

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Copies of Mediator, Catholic Labor Institute newsletter. Reverend Joseph V. Kearney incoming correspondence. Newsletter and flyer from "Capitol Ministries," private, conservative religious organization at California state legislature.
    Box 1, Folder 8

    "CLI Industrial Homework" 1958-1990

    Physical Description: 1.0 folder

    Scope and Contents note

    Incoming and outgoing correspondence, Catholic Labor Institute position paper re industrial homework. Meeting minutes, newsletter, list of directors re Catholic Social Action Conference.
    Box 1ov

    Series 2: Oversized Photographs 1954-1962

    Physical Description: 1.0 oversized document boxes

    Scope and Contents note

    This series consists of seven panoramic photographs of the annual Labor Day breakfasts that the Catholic Labor Institute held in Los Angeles, at such hotels as the Biltmore and the Statler. The photographs are all found in Box 1ov.
    Box 2ov

    Series 3: Catholic Labor Institute Album 1945-1953

    Physical Description: 1.0 oversized document boxes

    Scope and Contents note

    This series consists of an album, found in box 2ov, of photographs, correspondence, flyers and pamphlets, and newspaper clippings documenting the activities of the Catholic Labor Institute (CLI) and Reverend Thomas F. Coogan from 1945 to 1952. Perhaps Reverend Joseph V. Kearney assembled it. Of special interest is the correspondence and CLI flyer denouncing the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Local 1421, dominated by Communists, in its bid to lead the union at Standard Coil.
    Also included are loose newspaper articles from Roman Catholic newspapers ( The Tidings and The Southern Cross) on the activities of Roman Catholic Church in labor issues in Southern California.