Papers, 1935-1989.

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Mills, Saul, 1910-1988. Papers, 1935-1989.

Papers, 1935-1989.

The records of the Saul Mills Papers contain personal correspondence, Greater New York CIO Council administrative records, and document Mills' work in the health insurance field, and political fund raising. The bulk of the material falls between the years 1944 and 1949, with particular emphasis on 1948, the year in which the Council's charter was lifted. Central to the collection is Series II: CIO Union and PAC Activities; and Expulsion Hearings. The records in this series document events and pertinent issues which bore directly on the Expulsion Hearings and the Council's dissolution. Series I: Biographical Information and Personal Correspondence (1934-1989) contains biographical information, family correspondence, and an oral history interview taken just after Mills' retirement in 1981. The correspondence in this series is particularly rich with references to Mills' union activity during the 1930s. Correspondence from the 1940s refers to general Council business and war-related activities. Of particular interest is correspondence from Mills to his wife during the Annual CIO Convention in November 1948. In these letters, Mills recounts his observations regarding events such as the Expulsion Hearings, and the subsequent action taken during the Convention with respect to the Council. The series also contains sizable correspondence from Mills' travels through China during 1949. CIO Material in Series II: CIO Union and PAC Activities; and Expulsion Hearings (1937-1948; 1956) is divided into two subseries. Subseries A: CIO Union and PAC Activities reflects a wide range of Council activity, and in particular, Mills' interest, as a union representative, in health insurance. The series documents the emerging conflicts between national CIO policy and Council actions. The press releases and Council correspondence contain significant documentation with respect to the conflicts. The collection contains an incomplete run of one CIO serial which records the controversy over the Brophy letter and Council's alleged interference with international unions' strike activities-- issues central to the charges levied against the Council (see also New York CIO Weekly Bulletin of Greater NY CIO Council, and New York CIO News Letter). Subseries B: Expulsion Hearings contains a substantial amount of material documenting both Council's defense and complainants' charges. Beside the Hearing Committee's findings, and other official CIO documents, the subseries contains a virulent rebuttal by Michael Quill (one of the complainants), and a lengthy statement of defense by the Council. Series II. Private Business and Public Concerns (1949-1980). This series documents Mills' continued interest in public health and group insurance plans; and his work with the Voter Education Fund.

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