Jerry and Mildred Wurf Papers

Accession Number: 
LP001132
Extent: 
6.5 linear feet (11 MB, 1 SB)
Date: 
1936-1982, bulk 1952-1981

Jerry Wurf started his work in AFSCME in New York's Council 37, becoming executive director by 1959. He went on to serve as AFSCME International president from 1964 until his death in 1981. He also served as a vice-president of the AFL-CIO. Throughout his career, Wurf was actively involved in campaigns for civil liberties; anti-nuclear and peace movements; workers' education, health, and rights; Jewish concerns; and domestic politics, especially related to the Democratic Party.

Mildred Kiefer Wurf began work at AFSCME Council 37 in New York in 1951 as a researcher and writer. She was heavily involved with worker education programs and training union stewards. Mildred and Jerry married in 1960.

Jerry Wurf's papers relate both to his professional work with Council 37 and as AFSCME president, and to his efforts for civil and workers' rights. His papers also contain correspondence with a great number of prominent union, political, and civil rights leaders of his era. Mildred Wurf's papers, which constitute the last series of this collection, reflect her interest in labor education.

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