James B. Carey Papers
The papers of James B. Carey are comprised of correspondence between Carey and three prominent figures in the field of labor affairs, Philip M. Kaiser, John R. Steelman, and Maurice J. Tobin. The collection consists of copies of original documents that are in the holdings of the Labor History Archives at Wayne State University.
Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot (approximately 200 pages).
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The papers of James B. Carey are arranged in one series, and consist almost entirely of correspondence between James B. Carey and other individuals prominent in the labor field—specifically, Philip M. Kaiser, John R. Steelman, and Maurice J. Tobin. The originals of these documents are housed in the Labor History Archives at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
The correspondence between Carey and Assistant Secretary of Labor Philip M. Kaiser is mostly concerned with international labor affairs: for instance, a Japanese request for American labor representatives, and information about the qualifications and duties of American labor attachés abroad. Many documents are enclosed as attachments: for instance, the minutes of committee meetings and various memoranda. The Trade Union Advisory Committee on International Affairs, of which Carey was a member, is the subject of much of the correspondence. Also included with the Carey-Kaiser correspondence is a document entitled “Directory of U.S. Government Officials Dealing With International Labor Affairs.”
The correspondence between Carey and John R. Steelman is considerably less voluminous, and was written during Steelman's years as a private consultant, just before and after his service in government as Assistant to President Truman. In one letter, Steelman informs Carey of his new consulting business, devoted to mediating and resolving disputes between unions and employers. Carey writes back to wish him success in his new endeavor.
The correspondence between Carey and Secretary of Labor Maurice J. Tobin is the most extensive in the collection. Tobin and Carey often enclose meeting agendas, minutes, memoranda, and reports such as “Recent Developments in the Labor Situation Abroad” with their communications. Carey and Tobin are particularly concerned with international labor issues, and especially the presence of American labor abroad. Discussion of labor issues in occupied Germany and Japan is prominent, and Latin American labor is also a topic of interest. Also included in the Tobin correspondence is a memorandum to the Director of International Labor Affairs for the CIO, Michael T. Ross, entitled “New Labor Policies Affecting Workers in Private Industry in Occupied Japan”; letters between Tobin and women’s labor leaders in the CIO; Carey’s 1953 letter of condolence to Tobin’s widow; and Carey’s note to Tobin thanking him for a photograph of President Truman signing the Wage and Hour Act of 1949. The bulk of the Carey correspondence consists of typewritten formal letters, along with a few telegrams.