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Charles C. Killingsworth papers

Identifier: UA-17.439

Scope and Contents


The Charles C. Killingsworth papers provide an invaluable source of material to the researcher interested in the development of American labor law, and its application to the collective bargaining process. With the exception of some material from World War I, the collection is composed of labor materials. Killingsworth served as a member of several federal agencies, as a consultant to state and private organizations and as an arbitrator and permanent umpire for many large corporations.

The papers span the years from 1918, when the National War Labor Board of World War I was created to resolve issues raised by a fledgling labor movement, to 1968, when labor unions had become powerful fixtures in virtually every major industrial sector of our economy. Arbitration decisions comprise the bulk of the collection, though these are generally accompanied by background information on the grievance, company and unions exhibits, and correspondence. In those instances where the dispute captured public attention, the material is also accompanied by newspaper articles and editorials. These supplementary materials are of special interest because they reveal the social and political climate in which the disputes took place.

The collection also contains material from various federal labor agencies, such as the Wage Stabilization Board and the National War Labor Boards of World War's I and II, as well as various state agencies. In addition, there is a large assortment of publications, ranging from trade journals to U.S. Government reports.

The collection is arranged into sixteen series.

I. Labor Disputes

A. Industry-wide disputes: Box 6634 - Box 6636 B. Corporate-level disputes: Box 6637 Folder 9; Box 6640 C. Plant-level disputes: Box 6640, Folder 10; Box 6656, Folder 36

II. Wage Stabilization Board

A. Major decisions 1951: Box 6656, Folder 37 B. Regulations for new plants: Box 6656, Folder 38 C. Reports: Box 6656, Folders 39-50 D. Office memoranda: Box 6656, Folders 51-55 E. Newspaper clippings: Box 6656, Folder 56 F. Articles: Box 6656, Folder 57 G. WSB and the Defense Production Act: Box 6656, Folder 58 H. Minutes of executive meetings: Box 6656, Folders 59-60 I. Press releases: Box 6656, Folder 61 J. Public addresses by WSB: Box 6657, Folders 4-5 K. House investigation of WSB: Box 6657, Folders 4-5 L. Stabilization Preparedness Group: Box 6657, Folder 6 M. WSB history project: Box 6657, Folder 7 N. Liquidation of the WSB: Box 6657, Folder 8 O. Correspondence: Box 6657, Folder 9

III. National War Labor Board WW I

A. Cases: Box 6657, Folders 11-34

IV. National War Labor Board WW II

A. Cases: Box 6657, Folders 35-51

V. U.S. Bituminous Coal Commission

A. Awards and Recommendations: Box 6658, Folder 1

VI. President's National Emergency Board

A. Employees exhibits: Box 6658, Folders 2-16

VII. National Railway Adjustment Board

A. Findings and awards: Box 6658, Folder 17

VIII. State Civil Service Commissions

A. Michigan Civil Service Commission: Box 6658, Folders 18-28 B. Connecticut Civil Service Commission: Box 6658, Folder 29 C. Illinois Civil Service Commission: Box 6658, Folder 30 D. New Jersey Civil Service Commission: Box 6658, Folder 31 E. New York Civil Service Commission: Box 6658, Folder 32

IX. Connecticut Board of Labor Relations

A. Cases: Box 6658, Folders 33-39; Box 26, Folder 1

X. Ontario Labor Relations Board

A. Cases: Box 6659, Folders 2-5

XI. Wisconsin Employment Relations Board

A. Cases: Box 6659, Folders 5-18; Box 27, Folders 1-13

XII. Publications

A. U.S. Government Publications: Box 6660, Folders 14-24; Box 6661, Folders 1-29; Box 6662, Folders 1-14 B. State Government Publications: Box 6662, Folders 15-25; Box 6663, Folders 1-13 C. Labor Organization Publications: Box 6663, Folders 14-35 D. Individual Articles: Box 6663, Folders 36-47; Box 6664, Folders 1-8 E. Professional Journals: Box 6664, Folders 9-21

XIII. Canadian Telephone Employers Association

A.Reports of Council Meetings: Box 6664, Folders 22-23

Box 6664, Folders 22-23. This category is composed entirely of minutes from the Association's Council meetings of 1958-1961.

XIV. Essay Contest: Why Choose Employment Security as a Career?

A. Entries and Winners: Box 6664, Folders 24-31

XV. Correspondence: Box 6664, Folders 32-36

XVI. Miscellany: Box 6664, Folders 37-41


  • 1918 - 1968


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note


Charles C. Killingsworth


A.B. Southwest Missouri State University, 1938. M.A., Oklahoma State University, 1939. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1946.


Johns Hopkins University Instructor in Political Economy, 1941-1946. Michigan State University Associate Professor of Economics, 1947-1949. Professor of Economics and department head, 1949-1958. Director, Labor and Industrial Relations Center, 1955-1959. University Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations and Economics, 1960-1987. Professor Emeritus, 1987.


Federal Panel chairman in various labor disputes, National War Labor Board, 1943-1945. Economist, Social Security Administration, 1945-1956. Consultant, then Member, then Chairman, National Wage Stabilization Board, 1951- 1953. Consultant, Presidential Railroad Commission, 1960-1961. Member, Presidential Emergency Board (under Railway Labor Act), 1962. Member, President's Aerospace Board (for disputes between six companies and two unions), 1962. Member, Research Subcommittee of National Manpower Advisory Committee, 1963-1968. Member, National Manpower Task Force, 1964 to date; chairman, 1975. Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Department of Labor Manpower Research and Development, 1974-1975. Member, U.S. Census Bureau Advisory Committee on Population Statistics, 1974 to date.

State Consultant, various times 1956-1964, to Governors Williams, Swainson, and Romney, especially on drafting of unemployment compensation legislation and settlement of labor disputes. Consultant, Michigan Civil Service Commission, on grievance procedures for state employees, 1957-1958. Chairman, State Manpower Development Committee, 1962-1964. Member, Governor's Advisory Committee on Public Employee Relations, 1966-1967.


Umpire, Bethlehem Steel Company and Steelworkers, 1947-1952. Umpire, U.S. Rubber Company and Rubber Workers, 1953-1955. Member, Umpire Panel, Ford Motor Company and UAW, 1955-1958. Umpire, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Rubber Workers, 1959-1961. Permanent arbitrator, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company and Steelworkers, 1963-1967. Permanent arbitrator, Crucible Steel and Steelworkers, 1971 to date. Permanent arbitrator, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Rubber Workers, 1972 to date. Member, Arbitration Panel, Northwest Airlines and Machinists, 1974 to date.


National Academy of Arbitrators (Board of Governors, 1956-1958; Vice-President, 1959-1960; President, 1968). Industrial Relations Research Association (Executive Board, 1955-1958). American Economic Association. Economics Society of Michigan (President, 1967-1968).


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Custodial History

Gift of Charles C. Killingsworth, 1970-12-28.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from 00101 to UA 17.439 to reflect Killingwsorth's connection to MSU. -M. Badgley-Malone, January 2023.

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