Scope and Content of Collection
Title: David Brombart papers
Collection Number: 2009C36
Creator: Brombart, David, 1933-
23 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes
(12.8 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, conference materials, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to the African-American
Labor Center, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, and American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial
Organizations participation in the international labor movement.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], David Brombart papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2009.
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||Born, St. Gilles-les-Bruxelles, Belgium
||Youth secretary, Parti Socialiste Belge
||Labor secretary, World Assembly of Youth, Paris and Brussels
||Assistant to the executive director, AFL-CIO African-American Labor Center, New York
||Member, United States delegation to the International Labour Organisation
||AFL-CIO deputy director for international cooperation, London
||Senior staff member, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Brussels
||Deputy and acting executive director, AFL-CIO African-American Labor Center, Washington, D.C.
||Senior fellow, Institute of International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers of the Belgian-American labor official David Brombart primarily concern the involvement of the American Federation
of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in the international labor movement, its opposition to the Communist-affiliated
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), and its cooperation with United States government agencies in fostering democratic
trade unionism in Africa and elsewhere. Before joining the AFL-CIO, Brombart worked in the World Assembly of Youth (WAY),
an international organization established in opposition to Communist front youth organizations, and funded in part by the
United States Central Intelligence Agency. From its establishment in 1964 until his retirement in 1997, he was actively involved
in the AFL-CIO's African-American Labor Center (AALC). He also represented the American labor movement in the International
Labour Organisation (ILO) and in the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).
The collection is arranged in twelve series. The first three,
Personal Documents, Correspondence, and Speeches and Writings, consist of papers of David Brombart spanning the course of his career. The next five series document his work in specific
capacities. They include the
World Assembly of Youth File, International Labour Organization File, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions File,
African-American Labor Center File. The
AFL-CIO File covers activities of branches of that organization other than the African-American Labor Center. A
Subject File is arranged topically and includes some material that might have been placed elsewhere (especially in the
African-American Labor Center File), but that is narrowly focused on specific subjects. The
Subject File also contains material on Islamic countries and other topics with which Brombart was concerned during later years as a fellow
at the Institute of International Studies. The final three series,
Audiovisual File, Memorabilia, and
Oversize File consist of material that is distinctive because of physical format. The Audiovisual File includes a large number of photographs
documenting activities of the organizations in which Brombart was involved.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
African-American Labor Center.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
Labor movement--United States.