Register of the National Right to Work Committee issuances

Finding aid prepared by Sarah Patton
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Title: National Right to Work Committee issuances
Date (bulk): 1955-1981
Collection Number: 81126
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes (2.7 Linear Feet)
Abstract: 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.
Creator: National Right to Work Committee (U.S.)
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

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Use

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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1981.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], National Right to Work Committee issuances, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical/Historical Note

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

 

Newsletters 1955-1981

Scope and Contents

Consists of newsletters published by the National Right to Work Committee, arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically. The Right to Work National Newsletter became the National Right to Work Newsletter in June 1969. Similarly, the NRW News Service became the Right to Work News Service in March 1975.
box 1, folder 1-4

Free Choice, 1965-1981

Scope and Contents

1965 - 2nd Quarter, 1981. Per note from donor, May - December 1978 and January - April 1979 issues are not included. 1969 No. 10 is missing.
box 1, folder 5-7

National Right to Work Newsletter June 1969-1981

Scope and Contents

Through October 29, 1981.
box 2, folder 1-3

National Right to Work Newsletter June 1969-1981

box 2, folder 3-7

Right to Work National Newsletter 1955-May 1969

Scope and Contents

Missing 1955 Vol. 1, No. 4; 1956 Vol. 2, Nos. 2, 3, and 5; 1962 Vol. 8, No. 2.
box 3, folder 1

Right to Work News Service March 1975-1981

Scope and Contents

Through September, 1981. Per note from donor, in 1978 there was no #11 issued.
box 2, folder 8

Right to Work News Service March 1975-1981

box 3, folder 1-2

NRW News Service 1970-February 1975

Scope and Contents

1970s issues are undated, so original order is unknown. Missing 1971 #3. Per note from donor, 1973 #9, 11, 17, 21 and 25 are not included.
box 3, folder 3

Recaps 1976-1981

Scope and Contents

Published by Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism, a division of the National Right to Work Committee.
box 3, folder 4

Samples of other NRWC publications 1963-1981

Scope and Contents

Includes AFL-CIO News, Right to Work News, Right to Work Digest, Issue Briefing Paper, and Violence Task Force Report.
 

Larson, Reed -- Speeches, articles, interviews 1959-1979

General

See also: Pamphlets -- Larson, Reed speeches, Box 6, folder 6.

Scope and Contents

Consists mainly of speeches given by Larson, former President of the National Right to Work Committee, to various clubs and associations across the United States, arranged chronologically.
box 3, folder 5

1978-1979

box 3, folder 6

1976-1977

box 3, folder 7

1972-1975

box 3, folder 8

1968-1971

box 4, folder 1

1959-1967

box 4, folder 2-4

Speeches by right-to-work supporters 1959-1980

Scope and Contents

Consists of speeches given mostly by National Right to Work Committee Board members to various conventions and groups across the United States, arranged alphabetically by speaker, then chronologically if necessary. There are only one or two speeches for each individual, with the exception of Charles W. Bailey.
box 4, folder 2

Bailey, Charles W. 1969-1980

box 4, folder 3

Bailey, Charles W., 1965-1968 ; Cadwallader, S.D.; Calvin, Ben; Dillard, E.S.

box 4, folder 4

Hooser, Lafayette A.; Kilcullen, John; Newton, Hugh C.; Ruggles, William

 

Legislative testimony statements 1965-1981

Scope and Contents

Consists of statements given before Congress or submitted as part of the Congressional record by Reed Larson and various right to work supporters, arranged chronologically.
box 4, folder 5

1978-1981

box 4, folder 6

1977

box 4, folder 7

1975-1976

box 5, folder 1

1973-1974

box 5, folder 2

1969-1972

box 5, folder 3

1965-1968

box 5, folder 4

Factual sources 1960s - 1970s

Scope and Contents

Consists of bibliographies, newspaper article documentation for the Committee's film And Women Must Weep, and the results of public opinion research about right-to-work laws conducted in 1964 and from 1974-1977.
 

Collected materials 1952-1977

Scope and Contents

Consists of materials from outside sources, such as newspaper articles and pamphlets, relating to compulsory unionism and right-to-work laws, divided into subseries by subject.
box 5, folder 5

Chavez, Cesar and California agricultural workers' labor dispute 1968-1970

box 5, folder 6

Information about, and in support of, right-to-work laws 1956-1969

box 5, folder 7

Miscellaneous 1958-1973

Scope and Contents

Pamphlets: If You Couldn't Vote in Free Elections; The Voluntarism of Samuel Gompers [2 versions]; The Union Label and Its Use or Nonuse on Printed Materials
Articles: "The Case for Boulwarism;" "The Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation - A Force in the Public Sector;" "The Aerospace Story;" "Kennedy Urged to Fire 'Biased' Aerospace Aide" / "Douglas Employes [sic] File Suit"
Copy of complaint in E.R. Reid, et al. v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation and UAW-AFL-CIO District Lodge 1093
box 5, folder 8

National Association of Manufacturers pamphlets 1959, 1967

box 5, folder 9

Negative effects of compulsory unionism 1950s, 1970s

box 5, folder 10

Pamphlets from state right-to-work movements 1958-1977

box 6, folder 1

Political and legislative aspects of the right to work and compulsory unionism 1956-1977

box 6, folder 2

Religion and the right to work 1955-1965, 1975

box 7

Pamphlets 1955-1981

Scope and Contents

Consists of pamphlets published by the National Right to Work Committee, divided into subseries by subject. These include both informational pamphlets about various aspects of compulsory unionism and right-to-work laws, as well as advertisements for the Committee's own educational materials and pamphlets describing the Committee and its work.
box 7, folder 1

About the NRWC and its educational materials 1958-1981

box 7, folder 2

Arguments in support of right-to-work laws 1958-1966

box 7, folder 3

Benefits of right-to-work laws 1958-1979

box 7, folder 4

Compulsory unionism and public/government employees 1969-1978

box 7, folder 5

Condemnation of compulsory unions and their tactics 1955-1980

box 7, folder 6

Larson, Reed speeches 1965-1978

General

See also: Larson, Reed -- Speeches, articles, interviews, Box 3, folders 6-8, and Box 4, folders 1-2.
box 7, folder 7

Political and legislative aspects of the right to work and compulsory unionism 1959-1979

box 7, folder 8

Political cartoons 1965, 1977-1978

box 7, folder 9

Religion and the right to work 1960s-1970s

box 7, folder 10

Text of state right-to-work laws 1958, 1972