Collection Dates: 1933 -- 1962
2.75 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: January 2003
Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa
Libraries by Ben Henry in 1963.
and Restrictions: This
collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
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Ben Henry was born in Hibgee, Missouri. He moved to Des Moines in 1938.
As a coal miner from 1914 to 1933, he was an official in the United Mine Workers of America and the American Federation of Labor. Elected the first secretary-treasurer of the Iowa-Nebraska States Council, he was a founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
He was appointed CIO regional director in 1939 and elected president of the two-state council two years later. He served in both capacities until 1945 when he resigned to devote full time to his position as CIO regional director.
He was with the organizational staff of the AFL-CIO from the time the groups merged until 1957, when he was assigned to the public relations department. He retired in 1963 and was appointed to the Merit System Council by Governor Harold Hughes. He served on the council until November 1968.
World War II, he served on several community and regional commissions, including
the War Manpower Commission, the War Labor Board, and the War Production Board.
Mr. Henry died in Des Moines on March 7, 1976.
(Taken from "Ben Henry, Iowa
Labor Chief, Dies." The Des Moines Register, Tuesday, March
Scope and Content
This collection contains papers from Henry's involvement with the labor unions.
Folder Number: Description
1: Correspondence chronologically sorted, 1933 --1935
2: Miscellany, undated
3: Local union no. 334. Flagler
4: General correspondence, 1957 -- 1958
5: Excelsior Spring, Missouri, papers, 1937
6: Problem drinker papers, 1962
7: Speakers Bureau, 1961 -- 1962
8: General correspondence, 1961
9: General correspondence, 1960
10: General correspondence, 1959
1: Daily Reminder, 1949
2: National Diary, 1941
3: National Diary, 1946
4: National Diary, 1940
5: Daily Reminder, 1951
6: Daily Reminder, 1950
7: National Diary, 1944
8: National Diary, 1945
1: National Diary, 1947
2: National Diary, 1943
3: National Diary, 1948
4: UMWA Reports, 1935 --1937
6: Miscellaneous papers
7: Reports to President
8: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Packing House Workers Organizing Committee, Ben Henry
1: Boldrini, Louis
2: Haywood, Allan S.
3: Ben Henry, personal
4: Haywood, Allan S.
5: Haywood, Allan S.
6: Newspaper clippings, 1951
7: Miscellaneous, 1953
8: Henry, Ben, personal
9: Lewis, John L.
10: Federated Legislative Council of Iowa
11: Political Action Committee, Iowa, 1948
12: Farmers Education and Cooperative Union of America
13: Circular letters of Mr. Henry, 1938 -- 1939
14: Local Union no. 916, Hiteman
15: Local Union no. 981, Pershing
1: Local Union no. 1584, Dallas
2: Local Union no. 2482, Durfee
3: Local Union no. 3802, Rexfield
4: Local Union no. 1933, Charrtom
5: Local Union no. 6654, Knoxville
6: Local Union no. 6748, Kirkville
7: Local Union no. 6655, Otley
8: Letters Ex Board
9: Local Union, Pella
10: Local Union, Hamilton
13: UAW-CIO Local 450
14: Statement by the AFL-CIO Executive Council
15: Appointment books
16: Photograph of group including John L. Lewis
2: Miscellaneous labor material
3: Statement by the AFL-CIO Executive Council
4: Miscellaneous printed and mimeographed materials
Register completed: May 26, 1964 by Ronald Fingerson.