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Robert Williams Dunn papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 794

Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers relating to the United Textiles Workers of America Strike and Bail Fund of the Civil Rights Congress of New York.

Textile Workers papers include his correspondence, relevant reports, bulletins, conference minutes, pamphlets and broadsides, and press releases.

Bail Fund papers include case, financial, and liquidation records and related clippings.


  • circa 1895-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Robert W. Dunn was Born in Huntington, Pa. June 1, 1895. After graduation from Yale in 1918 he worked in New England for the Amalgamated Textile Workers Unions as an organizer and economic researcher.

He was an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union from its creation in 1920, and was secretary of their affiliated division, the New England Civil Liberties Committee. In 1923 he joined the ACLU National Committee, and from 1933 through 1941 he served on the Board of Directors.

In 1927 he founded the Labor Research Association and was its executive secretary until 1975. The Association assembles economic data on American labor for trade unions. Among its publications is The Labor Fact Book, a biennial reference volume, of which Dunn edited seventeen volumes.

In the 1920's he was interested in the Soviet Union and made two trips there, one as research director of the Quaker Relief Committee in 1922- 1923 and later as secretary to the American Trade Union Delegation to Russia in 1927. He was a co-author with Stuart Chase and Rexford Guy Tugwell of the report, Soviet Russia in the Second Decade.

Source:Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Robert Dunn (1895-1977) was a political activist and economic researcher. Collection contains papers relating to the United Textiles Workers of America Strike and Bail Fund of the Civil Rights Congress of New York.


Collection is organized into the following series: Papers Relating to the United Textile Workers of America Strike and Papers Relating to the Bail Fund of the Civil Rights Congress of New York.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials

Other Collections regarding Robert Dunn can also be found at Manuscript and Records Collections: Robert W. Dunn Collection, MS 72-828; Wayne State University/Reuther Library, 5401 Cass Ave, Detroit MI 48202, 313-577-4024.

Physical Description

1 container, 1 folder

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Robert Williams Dunn Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA