Scope and Content of Collection
Title: National Right to Work Committee issuances
Date (bulk): 1955-1981
Collection Number: 81126
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
7 manuscript boxes
(2.7 Linear Feet)
The issuances of the National Right to Work Committee consist of newsletters, bulletins, leaflets, pamphlets, speeches, testimony,
articles, and press releases relating to labor unions and right-to-work laws in the United States.
National Right to Work Committee (U.S.)
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual
or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1981.
[Identification of item], National Right to Work Committee issuances, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library
The National Right to Work Committee, founded in 1955, is a non-profit organization of employees and employers opposing compulsory
union membership in the United States and defending the right of citizens to work, regardless of their union status. The Committee
seeks to inform citizens about the right-to-work movement through the use of various educational materials, including newsletters,
press releases, literature and books, seminars, speakers, radio series, and motion pictures. Additionally, the Committee works
to support statewide and national movements to enact right-to-work legislation and uphold Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley
Act, which affirms that states may have right-to-work laws.
Scope and Content of Collection
The bulk of the records in this collection span the years 1955 to 1981 and include newsletters, bulletins, leaflets, pamphlets,
speeches, testimony, articles, and press releases relating to labor unions and right-to-work laws in the United States. The
collection largely consists of materials published by the National Right to Work Committee to promote its ideals and educate
the public, as well as speeches and testimony given by members of the Committee and right-to-work supporters. This outward-facing
material was designed to raise awareness about compulsory unionism and right-to-work laws. Exceptions include some informational
pamphlets about the Committee, its work, and its educational efforts, as well as some collected materials from outside sources
documenting issues of interest to the Committee.
Where possible, the original order (generally chronological) was maintained. In the instance of the materials received in
the pamphlets category, which had no original order, series and subseries were created, and the materials were arranged by
subject. Additionally, with the speeches by right-to-work supporters, a decision was made to arrange them first by speaker
and then chronologically, in order to collocate the speeches of individuals, particularly since there were a large number
of speeches by Charles W. Bailey, who held various positions on the National Right to Work Committee Board.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Labor unions -- United States
Open and closed shop -- United States