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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: David Brombart papers
    Dates: 1917-2009
    Collection Number: 2009C36
    Creator: Brombart, David, 1933-
    Collection Size: 23 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes (12.8 linear feet)
    Repository: 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
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Brombart papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2009.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1933 Born, St. Gilles-les-Bruxelles, Belgium
    1954-1958 Youth secretary, Parti Socialiste Belge
    1958-1964 Labor secretary, World Assembly of Youth, Paris and Brussels
    1964-1979 Assistant to the executive director, AFL-CIO African-American Labor Center, New York
    1975-1977 Member, United States delegation to the International Labour Organisation
    1979-1983 AFL-CIO deputy director for international cooperation, London
    1983-1986 Senior staff member, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, Brussels
    1986-1997 Deputy and acting executive director, AFL-CIO African-American Labor Center, Washington, D.C.
    1997-2005 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, AFL-CIO File, and 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.

    Indexing Terms

    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.
    Labor movement--Africa.
    Labor movement--United States.