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Roy Pearson, Records of the IUMSWA and the War Manpower Commission

Identifier: SPC-2009-003

Scope and Content

The Records of Roy Pearson, of the IUMSWA, from the War Manpower Commission contain materials from 1938 to 1950. The bulk of the material stems from 1943 to 1944, and is related to labor issues such as recruitment, training, and employee guidelines as dictated by the War Manpower Commission, as well as union agreements, the role of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the war effort and the state of the shipbuilding industry in Southern California. Included in the collection are memorandums, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, plans, and correspondence. Also contained are press releases, employment statistics, reports, pamphlets, postcards, a holiday card addressed to Roy Pearson, and a handbook for Los Angeles ship employees. Five financial reports for the IUMSWA, C.I.O., Local No. 9 are also included. The collection also contains transcripts from the speeches of Lt. Col. John K. Collins and Representative Fred A. Hartley Jr., as well as correspondence and reports from miscellaneous parties such as the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, the Office of War Information, the War Production Board, and the National War Labor Board.


  • 1938-1950
  • Majority of material found within 1943-1944



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Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Roy Pearson was a labor representative from the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, or IUMSWA, Local No. 9 in San Pedro, California. The IUMSWA was a labor union that represented all shipyard workers.

Established in the 1930’s, the Congress of Industrial Relations, or C.I.O, was a federation that organized industrial unions, such as the IUMSWA, in the United States and Canada. The C.I.O. merged in 1955 with the American Federation of Labor and is now known as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO.

The War Manpower Commission was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt via Executive Order 9139 in 1943. The function of the War Manpower Commission was to determine the need for employment in various industries, such as agriculture or industrial manufacturing; formulate programs and plans to recruit and train employees, and establish the most efficient use of its labor force in a manner that would assist in the war effort during World War II. The commission contained members representing the Departments of War, Navy, Agriculture and Labor, as well as the War Production Board, the Labor Production Division of the War Production Board, the Selective Service System, and the United States Civil Service Commission.

The War Manpower Commission corresponded with labor unions, such as the IUMSWA, about programs such as the Employment Stabilization Plan, which aimed to place workers in industry specific jobs during the war.

Roy Pearson acted as an alternate representing labor in meetings of the Southern California Area War Manpower Committee which, as a local offshoot of the War Manpower Commission, met weekly or biweekly to discuss labor and management issues in industries which assisted in the war effort.


3 boxes

1.25 Linear Feet

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Records of Roy Pearson, labor representative for the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, or IUMSWA, from the War Manpower Commission, and other miscellaneous organizations. Included in the collection are meeting agendas, meeting minutes, memorandums, correspondence, letters, press releases, employment statistics, pamphlets, postcards, reports, and handbooks.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is not available.

Related Material

The following works were used in the creation of this finding aid: Executive Order 9139 Establishing the War Manpower Commission.

This is the AFL-CIO.

Processing Information

The collection was processed, and the finding aid written, in March, 2009.

Inventory of the Roy Pearson, Records of the Industrial Union of Marine Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA) and the War Manpower Commission Collection
Finding aid prepared by Michele Anderson
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747