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LABOR, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WORLD AFFAIRS

The Papers of David A Morse (1907-1990), Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, 1948-1970, from the Seeley G Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
Part 1: International Labour Organisation Files

Part 1 of this microfilm project provides letters, memoranda, articles, booklets, reports and other material relating to the ILO for the period 1934 to 1991. The bulk of the material relates to the period of Morse’s tenure as Director-General, 1948-1970. The material represents only a fraction of the documentation which passed through Morse’s hands in the course of his long sojourn in Geneva, but the concentration of important documents and material of special interest to Morse imbues it with a distinctly personal quality.

The files are organised in a single alphabetical sequence. Some of the more important headings are:

  • "Action of the ILO: Problems and Prospects", 1974.
  • "The Amazing ILO", 1948.
  • Andean Indian Project, 1954.
  • China, 1948.
  • Colombia, 1970.
  • European Economic Community, 1962.
  • International Centre for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training,
    1963-1985.
  • International Institute for Labour Studies, 1962, 1965-1966.
  • International Labour Conferences, 1946-1970 (Morse’s own files on these meetings).
  • Marshall, George C, 1948.
  • Nobel Peace Prize for the ILO.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1952.
  • Pope Paul VI’s visit to ILO headquarters in Geneva, 1969.
  • Rusk, Dean, 1948.
  • South Africa, 1963-1964.
  • Soviet Union, 1954-1970.
  • "United States’ Participation in the ILO: Redefining the Role", 1989.
  • Vietnam, 1966-1967.
  • World Employment, 1970-1973.
"Flair for leadership and diplomacy, dynamism, charm, dignity - these were among Morse's many radiant qualities."
Javier Perez de Cuellar,
Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1982 to 1991.


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