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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 2: Subject Files A-Z

Part 2 concentrates on David Morse's alphabetically arranged sequence of
General Subject Files
. The bulk of this material covers the period 1939 to 1970, although there are a significant number of later items as well. These subject files are the most diverse component of the Morse Papers, ranging from highly personal matters to major international issues and touching on innumerable aspects of Morse’s life. This material provides a multidimensional picture of Morse’s interests and involvements. Key files include:

  • Acheson, Dean.
  • American Foundation on Automation and Employment.
  • Biographies of Morse.
  • Cass, Millard.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Delaney, George P.
  • Fahy, Charles.
  • Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts.
  • Harriman, Averell.
  • International League for the Rights of Man.
  • International League of Societies for the Mentally Handicapped.
  • International Manpower Institute.
  • President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.
  • United Nations Association.
  • World Association of World Federalists.
  • The World Rehabilitation Fund.

The Millard Cass folder attests to the sometimes troubled nature of Morse’s ties with George Meany, the pugnacious head of the AFL-CIO, and to the broader issue underlying this tension, namely, "whether," in Morse's words, "the U. S. Government and other governments want to continue to maintain the ILO as a universal organization within the framework of the United Nations family, or to reduce it to a small, tightly knit group of countries which have the objective of carrying on political warfare with the Communists."

Throughout his life, Morse met and corresponded with many individuals of national and international significance concerning labor issues. This collection contains correspondence or records of discussion with Dean Acheson, Leonid Brezhnev, Dwight D Eisenhower, Dag Hammarskjold, Averell Harriman, Paul G Hoffman,
C Wifred Jenks, David Lilienthal, George Marshall, Leopold Senghor and U Thant.

"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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