Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 5, Proceedings of International Labour Conference, 1946-1970

9 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1: International Labour Organisation Files, Subseries 5: Proceedings of International Labour Conference (1946-1970) consists of the Record of Proceedings of the 30th through the 54th session of the International Labour Conference, the ILO's supreme legislative body, as well as its 28th maritime session. These annual assemblies serve as an international meeting place for the representatives of the three constituents of the ILO: workers, governments, and employers. Each member country is entitled to send four delegates to the International Labour Conference, two representing government and one each from the ranks of workers and employers, as well as a finite number of advisors. A principal object of the International Labour Conference is to set forth tentative international standards in the form of recommendations and conventions governing everything from ships' medicine chests to workmen's compensation. These are subsequently submitted to member countries for consideration and ratification. Other functions of the International Labour Conference include the triennial election of members of the Governing Body and the annual adoption of the budget. The International Labour Conference is also a forum for debate, which over the years has encompassed issues ranging from maternity protection to the protection of workers' health in their places of employment to the employment of young persons in underground coal mines.

Each Record of Proceedings has an identical format and consists of three parts: a list of participants, including members of the International Labour Conference's delegations, committees, and secretariat; a verbatim report of its plenary proceedings, with English interpretations where appropriate; and appendices, including the documents and reports of its committees and the conventions, recommendations, and resolutions adopted by its delegates. A significant part of the verbatim report consists of discussions of the report of the Director-General (copies of which can be found in Series 1, Subseries 3). The work of the International Labour Conference is recorded in great detail, offering insights into the dynamics and structures of the ILO as a whole. Morse's hand may be detected behind the scenes and, overtly, in his reply to the discussion of his report, but for the most part the stage belongs to others. While this subseries presents the public rather than the private face of the ILO, it represents an important reference point in any treatment of the internal workings of this organization.


Arranged chronologically by year.

Collection History


Duplicates were separated from the April 2008 accession. No information about appraisal is available for the other accessions associated with this collection.


These papers were processed with the generous support of Mildred H. Morse, wife of the late David A. Morse, and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described by John S. Weeren with the able assistance of Fifi Chan and Tina Wang in 1995. Mildred Morse provided invaluable help in identifying photographs and contextualizing portions of this material. Additions received since 1995 were integrated into the collection by Adriane Hanson in 2008. Finding aid written by John S. Weeren in 1995. A subsequent accession in March 2011 was added to the collection as its own series, and the finding aid was updated at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Subseries 5, Proceedings of International Labour Conference; David A. Morse Papers, MC097, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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