Ewart Guinier papers 1910-1989

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Ewart Guinier papers, 1910-1989

Ewart Guinier papers 1910-1989

The Ewart Guinier Papers document Guinier's professional and political career as a labor leader and community organizer from 1938 to 1962, and his role in the founding and development of Harvard University's African American Studies Department (AASD) from 1969 to 1975. The Personal papers provide partial documentation on his childhood and migration to the United States, his employment in the Civil Service in New York, his military record, his association with the Urban League, the Urban Center at Columbia University and the Douglass Urban Corporation, his alumni affiliations and his membership in various professional and political organizations, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Boston Area Black Studies Consortium, the National Association of Black and Ethnic Studies Directors and the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. The Labor and politics series documents Guinier's career as Secretary-Treasurer of the United Public Workers of America union, his association with the American Labor Party as a candidate for the Manhattan Borough presidency in 1949, and his work in the 1950s and early 1960s with the Harlem Affairs Committee and the Jamaica Coordinating Council. The series consists primarily of correspondence, articles and speeches written by Guinier, minutes and reports of UPW's Executive council. Also included are printed matter files on labor discrimination in the Panama Canal Zone and the 1947 Loyalty Act.

23.7 lin. ft. (63 boxes)

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