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Paul Pinsky Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) California Council Pamphlet collection

Identifier: larc-pam-0001

Scope and Contents

The Pinsky Pamphlet Collection contains printed material such as pamphlets, booklets and convention proceedings published by the CIO and affiliated unions including the United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America; International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union; Marine Cooks' and Stewards' Association of the Pacific Coast; and International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers primarily during the 1940's and 1950's. The materials address a wide range of labor issues of the period, including such topics as manpower problems during World War II, anti-fascism, racial discrimination, communism in unions, and automation. In addition, there are several pamphlets issued by the CIO Political Action Committee (PAC) that promote union-endorsed candidates and issues.

The collection contains 278 pamphlets and has items dated from 1936 up to 1964. With the many drawings, cartoons, and photos featured in nearly every pamphlet, the collection also serves as a rich source of labor artwork. In addition, the collection also reveals the efforts unions made toward promoting themselves and the labor stance on different political issues.


  • 1936-1964


Biography of Paul Pinsky

Paul Pinsky was born on November 22, 1912 in Harbin, Manchuria. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Pinsky joined the Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians in 1937. Pinsky later became a columnist in the Labor Herald and served as the Research Director for the California CIO Council from the early 1940's up to his retirement.


4.75 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



04:04:C [moving to LRS]


This collection was donated by Paul and Sarah Pinsky in 1987 under the direction of Lynn Bonfield; Pinsky also donated California Information and Research Department material to the Labor Archives in 1986. For a description of the 1986 accession please see the Paul Pinsky collection guide written by Sue Englander.

Separated Materials

The following materials were relocated: Memo to CIO Research Director, June 27, 1946 relocated to Ephemera file California CIO Research Department folder; "No Colored Allowed to Work Here" articles, 1955 relocated to Ephemera File, ILWU folder

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rex Doane in 1990.


Finding Aid to the Paul Pinsky Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) California Council Pamphlet Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Labor Archives and Research Center Repository

San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
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San Francisco 94132-1722 USA
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