W. Ellison Chalmers Papers

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W. Ellison Clamers worked for the federal gevernment from 1934-1947, serving as a delegate to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1935, after which he became a professor of economics at the University of Illinois.
The Chalmers Papers reflect the early history of the auto unions through correspondence, press releases, and reports pertaining to the AFL's efforts to organize the auto industry in the early 1930s. Also included: materials pertaining to workers' education, including the Bryn Mawr and the University of Wisconsin summer schools, and the Pittsburgh Labor College; and class notes Chalmers took while studying for his Ph.D. with Professor John R. Commons and other labor economists at the University of Wisconsin. Correspondents include John R. Commons, Francis Dillon, Paul Douglas, William Green, Sidney Hillman, John L. Lewis, Francis Perkins, and Norman Thomas.

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