Germer, Adolph

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Organizer for the United Mine Workers and later, the CIO.

From the description of Oral history interview with Adolph Germer, 1960. (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32321347

Mr. Germer was born in Welan, Germany In 1881 and came to the United States in 1888. His father was a miner, and Adolph went to work in the coal mines of Staunton, Illinois, when he was eleven years old. He joined the United Mine Workers of America in 1894 and held various offices; among them the United Mine Workers representative to the World Miners Congress in Amsterdam in 1912. He participated in the Colorado strike in 1913.

He joined the Socialist Party in 1900, and was its national secretary from 1916 to 1919. He was arrested, tried and convicted of subversion in the famous trial of 1918. With Eugene V. Debs and Victor L. Berger he wrote the Socialist Party report on the West Virginia Coal Strike in 1913.

In 1933 he joined the Oil Field, Gas Well and Refinery Workers and became an international organizer He participated in the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and was on its staff as an organizer. He was its delegate to the World Federation of Trade Unions meeting in Prague in 1947.

From the guide to the Adolph Germer. Papers, 1945-1947., (Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.)

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creatorOf McDonald, Duncan, 1873-1965. Papers, 1894-1961. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Frankensteen, Richard T., 1907-. Richard Frankensteen papers, 1930-1964. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept., Biography files. Pt. 2. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library. Tamiment Library manuscript files collection relating to individuals and organizations associated with radicalism, the labor movement, and progressive social action in the United States, 1950-2001 (bulk 1910-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Berman, Sol, 1918-. Collection of Sol Berman, 1940. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn World Federation of Trade Unions. Conference files, 1945-1973, bulk 1945-1956. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Germer, Adolph. Papers, 1898-1966. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926. Papers, 1884-1955. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University).Unionism in the Automobile Industry Project, 1959-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Adolph Germer. Papers, 1945-1947. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept. ILGWU. Communications Department biography file photographs. Cornell University Library
creatorOf International Woodworkers of America. Records, 1936-1987. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
creatorOf Germer, Adolph. Adolph Germer, Papers, 1945-1947. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Tuttle, Frank, 1885-. Oral history interview with Frank Tuttle. 1959. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
creatorOf Germer, Adolph, 1881-. Oral history interview with Adolph Germer, 1960. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Hillquit, Morris, 1869-1933. Morris Hillquit papers, 1886-1948. [microform]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Korngold, Ralph, 1882-1964. Ralph Korngold papers, 1867-1994, bulk 1909-1964. Newberry Library
referencedIn United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers. Records, 1937-1982. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 57 (Fort Wayne, Ind.). UAW Local 57 records, 1933-1980. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Hillquit, Morris, 1869-1933. Papers, 1886-1944. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Eugene V. Debs Papers, 1886-1966 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities. Suspected radical propaganda file, [ca. 1890-1919]. New York State Archives
referencedIn Thomas, R. J. (Rolland Jay), 1900-1967,. Oral history interview with R.J. THomas, 1963. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn DeShetler, Irwin L., 1906-. Irwin L. DeShelter papers, 1933-1971. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
referencedIn Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929. Papers, 1862-1980. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn World Federation of Trade Unions. Reports and Minutes, 1945-1949. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Files on the Committee for Industrial Organizations, 1935-1941, bulk 1935-1936. [microform]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Martin, Warren Homer, 1902-1968,. Oral history interview with Homer Martin, 1959. Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban Affairs
creatorOf Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University). Unionism in the Automobile Industry Project. Unionism in the Automobile Industry Project interviews, 1959-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library Manuscript Files, Bulk, 1910-1965, 1749-1988 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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United States
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Interviews
Labor unions--Organizing--United States
Socialism
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--United States
Collective bargaining--Mining industry
Woodworkers--Labor unions
Coal miners--Labor unions
Collective bargaining--Automobile industry
Labor unions--Interviews
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining
Labor unions and communism
Collective bargaining--Coal mining industry--United States
Coal Strike, Colo., 1912-1914
Collective bargaining--Coal mining industry
Rubber industry workers--Labor unions
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Labor unions--Organizing
Labor disputes
Coal miners--Labor unions--United States
Automobile industry workers--Labor unions
Oral History
Sit-down strikes
Miners--Labor unions
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