Archival Collections and Finding Aids

Finding Aids to SMLR Archival Collections

The Carey Library houses manuscript collections, papers of significant scholars, labor educators, and labor leaders who have worked at the Institute for Management and Labor Relations (IMLR) and the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). Finding Aids (guides) to selected collections are available below. 

If you are interested in researching IMLR or the New Jersey labor movement and do not see your subject listed, contact the Carey Library librarian.  It is possible a guide has not yet been written for these papers, or that we can direct you to the appropriate archives.

The Carey Library and RUL would like to thank the NJ Historical Commission for the grant that made these finding aids possible, and Chris Ellwood, archivist, for editing them and converting them to digital format.

Guide to the Jack Chernick Papers, 1953-1981, bulk 1960-1980
Jack Chernick had a long career as arbitrator, educator, labor commissioner and researcher. The Papers underscore Chernick's contributions to the development of the Institute (and later School) of Labor and Management Relations where, as a professor of industrial relations and a member of key faculty committees, he oversaw both graduate and research programs and helped design a collective bargaining curriculum.

Guide to the Norman Eiger Papers, 1967-2005, bulk 1980-1992
Norman Eiger was an educator and observer of labor movements throughout the world.  The Papers document Eiger's faculty and administrative affiliation with the Rutgers University Institute of Management and Labor Relations (IMLR), where he served as chair of the Dept. of Labor Education and director of the Labor Education Center. Also represented are records of his  extensive research and writings in the field of comparative labor studies.

Guide to the George Meisler Papers, 1931-1985, bulk 1959-1979
George Meisler was a well-known and respected leader of the Department Store Employees' Union, Local 21, chartered by the Retail Clerks International Association, AFL-CIO.   Meisler also had a noteworthy career as a mediator and labor educator.

Guide to the Sol Stetin Papers, 1935-1992, bulk 1972-1989
Sol Stetin was the highly respected and influential leader of the Textile Workers Union  of America (TWUA) and, in later life, an educator, who was affiliated with the Institute for Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers as the first Labor Leader in Residence.  The bulk of these papers document the latter activities, plus his work with William Paterson College and his work with various labor unions.

Guide to the Joseph H. Vertrees Papers, 1911-1988, bulk 1925-1959 (R-MC 114)
Vertrees joined Rutgers in 1927 as a professor of industrial relations, helping to organize and teach human relations and leadership as part of the University's Extension Department which preceded IMLR.  During his tenure at Rutgers, Vertrees published many articles on foreman training, as well as a a book in 1941, entitled Human Problems in Production Supervision.

Guide to the Lewis M. Herrmann Papers, 1922-1967, bulk 1950-1965 (R-MC 113)
The Lewis M. Herrmann Papers consist of primarily print and photographic records that document Herrmann's personal life and professional career as an educator, publisher, researcher, trade unionist, philanthropist and New Jersey state legislator. Spanning a period of more than four decades, the Papers chronicle key contributions that Herrmann made to the development of the Labor Education Center at Rutgers University's Institute of Management and Labor Relations (IMLR). Also represented in the Papers are Herrmann's work with the International Labor Press Association, his affiliation with the International Typographical Union, and his tenure as editor of the New Jersey Labor Herald newspaper. Another legacy the Papers trace is Herrmann's political involvement on behalf of various candidates and causes.