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Inventory of the David Brody Papers D-163
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  • Title: David Brody Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: D-163
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 13.0 linear feet.
    Date (bulk): 1970-1979
    Date (inclusive): 1953-2009
    Abstract: The David Brody Papers features correspondence, essays, teaching materials, ephemera, and other materials related to Dr. Brody’s time as Professor of History at UC Davis and other academic institutions. Dr. Brody is Emeritus Professor of American Labor History at UC Davis where he spent the majority of his professional career. The David Brody Papers span the years 1953-2009 with emails, letters, publishing contracts, essays, and promotional materials related to the various books, film projects, and scholarly works Dr. Brody contributed to. The David Brody Papers also features personal correspondence to friends, colleagues, and former students.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Creator: Brody, David, 1930-


    Dr. David Brody is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Davis and a renowned scholar in American labor history and industrial relations. Dr. Brody was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Ira and Barnet Brody on June 5th, 1930. He received his B.A. (1952), M.A.(1953), and Ph.D. (1958) from Harvard University. Alongside Dr. David Montgomery and Dr. Herbert Gutman, he is co-founder of “new labor history,” a genre of American labor studies that focuses on workers in a social rather than organizational context. He has taught at Northeastern University (1958-1959), Harvard University (1959-1961), Columbia University (1961-1965), and Ohio State University (1965-1967), and UC Davis from 1967 until his retirement in 1993. He has served as visiting professor of labor history and industrial relations at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, Moscow State University in Russia, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr. Brody is affiliated with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Dr. Brody is the author of several books and essays on American labor history. Notable titles include: Steelworkers in America: The Nonunion Era (1960), The Butcher Workmen: A Study of Unionization (1964), Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 (1965), and Workers in Industrial America: Essays on the Twentieth-Century Struggle (1980). He is also author of essays related to labor and industrial relations. These essays include "Labor History, Industrial Relations, and the Crisis of American Labor" in Industrial and Labor Relations Review (1989), "The Old Labor History and the New: In Search of an American Working Class" in Labor History (1979), “Interrogating the Great Depression” in Academics on Free Choice: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Labor Law Reform (2009).
    Dr. Brody is a member of the Organization of American Historians, and has served as an editorial board member for the peer reviewed journal Labor History. He served as member and contributor for the American Teachers Federation (AFL-CIO) and President of the UC Davis Graduate Council, and has contributed scholarly articles and opinion pieces to various journals including the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Dissent.
    Dr. Brody is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors. He was a Senior Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities (1978), a past recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1983), and President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (1991-1992). Dr. Brody was awarded the Sol Stein Award for Labor History from the Sidney Hillman Foundation (2008) for his contributions to labor history. He is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Institute For Research on Labor and Employment.
    Dr. Brody retired from UC Davis in 1993.

    Scope and Content

    The David Brody Collection spans the years 1959-2010 with the bulk of the collection spanning 1970-1979. The collection is separated into three series: 1.) Correspondence; 2.) Teaching and Professional Materials; and 3.) American Federation of Teachers. Correspondence focuses primarily on David Brody’s professional and private letters to and from colleagues and friends. The Correspondence series also includes letters to and from former students seeking recommendations or advice, and colleagues offering opinions on aspects of labor history and general academia. Notable correspondences recipients include: Dr. David Montgomery, Farnham Emeritus Professor of History at Yale University and co- founder of “New Labor History;” Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Professor of History and American Studies at Harvard University and author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939; as well as various colleagues from Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the Institute for Industrial Relations, known now as the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. The second series, Teaching and Professional Materials, contains academic papers written by Dr. Brody including draft copies of "Labor History, Industrial Relations, and the Crisis of American Labor," ephemera from conferences Brody attended or participated in, syllabus for graduate and undergraduate courses taught in U.S. and Labor History at Harvard and UC Davis, and notes from Brody’s time as a member of the editorial board for the Labor History Journal. The final series, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) contains letters, notes, ephemera, and related materials corresponding to Dr. Brody’s time as member, task force consultant, and UC Davis Graduate Council President for AFT.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence; Teaching and Professional Materials; and American Federation of Teachers.

    Related Collections

    The following collections may be of interest:
    D-257, Roland C. Marchand Papers, 1933-1998. Professor of History, University of California, Davis, Chair of History Department, (1978-1988, 1989-1991)-Research files, correspondence, publication files, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to Marchand's research in American corporate history.


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Published materials, such as general books and government documents, have been separated from the collection. These have been reviewed and, where appropriate, added to the Shields Library general collection. A complete list of publications is kept on file at Special Collections.
    Brittani Orona processed this collection under the guidance of Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of David Brody, 2012

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Brody Papers., D-163, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Brody, David, 1930- --Archives
    American Federation of Teachers
    Labor movement--United States--History--20th century
    University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives