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Interviews and observation analyses which formed the basis of his two books, THE LOCAL UNION and BEHAVIOR OF INDUSTRIAL WORK GROUPS. Most of the interviews were conducted in the period 1950-1952 in local unions in upstate New York. The largest number are from the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Workers local in Dunkirk, N.Y. and they include descriptions of various kinds of meetings (grievance, union, political) as well as interviews and observation notes involving the membership, their families, and relationships with management. He also studied several other steel worker locals, less intensively, in upstate New York and western Pennsylvania. There are also interviews with a local of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in Rochester, N.Y. (Michaels-Sterns factory); and copies of George Strauss' work in an American Can plant in Fairport, N.Y. and in a variety of building trades locals in the Rochester, N.Y. area.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Leonard R. Sayles papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged 09/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn
Papers processed by HR, 1977, with additional work done by Kellie Walsh (Rutgers University) and Catherine C. Ricciardi, 2011-2012.
2009-06-26 File created.
2012-07-20 xml document created by Catherine C. Ricciardi.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Leonard Robert Sayles (b. 1926), Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, first came to Columbia University in 1956. The interviews in this collection represent the most intensive, nondirective explorations of manufacturing workers' relationships to their local unions and their families and jobs of the period. The interviews grew out of a foundation-sponsored (Grant Foundation) study of local unions directed by W.F. Whyte of Cornell University. Professor Sayles worked with George Strauss.