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Industrial Relations Center papers

Identifier: 301; 302; 2002-36; 2003-21

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, reports on various projects carried out by the IRC, training manuals, memos, statistics and research data, committee minutes, membership lists, class schedules, papers regarding various internship programs offered by the IRC and other administrative papers. Much of the 2003-21 collection consists of the papers of Walter H. Uphoff, who helped establish the Workers' Education Program in the IRC in 1951.


  • Creation: 1930s-1987


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Industrial Relations Center papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

The Industrial Relations Center (IRC) at the University of Minnesota was established in 1945 as the Industrial Relations Training and Research Center to train people for management and labor leadership. At the time it was established, the IRC was one of only seven such centers found at major universities throughout the country. The IRC offered special courses to those working in labor and management and studied labor-management issues in the Northwest. In 1953, the Master of Arts in Industrial Relations (MAIR) degree was authorized by the Graduate School and in 1964, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial Relations was approved. An evening M.A. degree was established in 1985. The IRC is currently housed within the Carlson School of Management with a mission of studying the relationships of employment to the fields of human resources and industrial relations.


23 boxes (29.9 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the Industrial Relations Center at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives for collection 302 and 2003-21.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on January 11, 1988.

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Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Industrial Relations Center papers, 1930s-1987
Karen Spilman
June 2005
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