New Collection Added to GW's Labor History Archives: Friends of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service History Archive

Submitted by LHRC on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 11:06

Donated by former FMCS mediator, author and trainer, Dr. Jerome T. Barrett, the Archive consists of FMCS annual reports, bulletins and newsletters, mediators’ speeches, biographical data on mediators, newspaper stories referring to FMCS activities, training materials, materials relating to various aspects of mediation and conciliation, and Barrett’s oral history interviews, photographs and publications. 

The Friends of FMCS History is a not-for-profit foundation founded by Barrett for the purpose of gathering, preserving and publicizing the history of FMCS, and its predecessor, the United States Conciliation Service (USCS). Barrett collected the Archive materials over the past 45 years from former FMCS staff and the Service itself. He has also donated the research materials he compiled for his doctorial dissertation at GW and his monographs on dispute resolution, as well has his 1983-1996 arbitration files and an extensive collection of books and journals relating to mediation, industrial relations, labor law and general labor history.

The collection also includes Barrett’s papers and writings from his other work as conflict resolver, trainer-professor and consultant in the U.S. and abroad.  Archivists in the Teamsters Labor History Research Center will work to process the material over the coming months to make it available to the public.