Adolf Sturmthal Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Vienna 1903, died in Champaign, Ill., USA 1986; doctoral degree in political science in Vienna 1925, publicist, university professor; chairman of the Austrian Vereinigung sozialdemokratischer Studenten und Akademiker and in 1924/25 secretary of the Socialist Student International; moved to Zurich in 1926 to assist Friedrich Adler, the secretary of the Labour and Socialist International (LSI/SAI), edited its Internationale Information and organized from 1933/34 international aid for German and Austrian socialist refugees; emigrated to the USA in 1938; taught international politics at several universities; vice-president of the American Friends of Austrian Labor 1946-1950; from 1960 professor of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois, Champaign; contributed to several journals including the Political Science Quarterly.


A collection of letters, stencilled and printed articles, mainly received and dispatched in his capacity of professor of International Labor Affairs at the Roosevelt University, Chicago, and professor of Industrial Relations at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, Champaign, USA. Correspondence with fellow professors at various universities, students, officials of industry (Ford Foundation), governments, trade unions in various countries, international organizations, e.g. the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and editors 1950-1985; several essays by his students with his annotations, doctoral dissertations, annotations for his lectures and speeches; reports, papers of congresses and seminars; (draft) articles, reviews of books; manuscripts and subject files used for his publications, including his publications on `white collar' trade unions; pamphlets and press clippings; photocopies of documents of Internationale Information 1939-1941.