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Henry S. McCluskey Papers 1911-1956


Overview of the Collection

Creator: McCluskey, Henry S. (Henry Stanley), 1887-1968
Title: Henry S. McCluskey Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1956
Bulk Dates: 1916-1935
Quantity: 11 Boxes (5.5 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Henry S. McCluskey Papers consist of correspondence, reports, speeches, newsclippings, notebooks, and indexes.
Identification: MSS-54
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Henry Stanley McCluskey, attorney and union organizer, was born on July 1, 1887 at Goshen, New York to James and Mary Finn McCluskey. He was educated in the public schools and attended the New York Garr Institute and the Rand School for Social Science in New York City.

McCluskey arrived in Arizona in 1912, already associated with the American Federation of Labor. In 1918 he became a member of the Arizona Board of Regents. In 1921 McCluskey was appointed associate editor of the Arizona Daily Silver Belt and in 1922 he was elected president of the Arizona State Federation of Labor. McCluskey was appointed private secretary to Governor George W. P. Hunt, member of the Colorado River Commission and member of the Arizona Industrial Commission, in 1923. He served with both of these commissions until 1928.

McCluskey was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1927 and practiced law through the 1930s, specializing in labor law and workman compensation cases. McCluskey served as chief legal adviser to the Arizona Industrial Commission from 1942 to 1952, when he retired from the commission due to ill health. McCluskey died in Phoenix on March 22, 1968. He was survived by his wife, Helen M. (Budrek) McCluskey (1902-1986).

Scope and Content Note

The Henry S. McCluskey Papers consist of correspondence, reports, speeches, newsclippings, notebooks, and indexes. Although the materials date from 1911 to 1956, the bulk of the collection concerns McCluskey's efforts to organize mine laborers from 1916 to 1935. The collection has been divided into five series.


This collection consists of eleven boxes divided into five series:
Series I: Biographical Materials, General Correspondence, and Publications
Series II: Labor Relations: Miner's Union
Series III: Colorado River Water Commission
Series IV: Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence
Series V: Reference Materials


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


Arizona State University does not own the copyright to this collection. We recognize that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.

Related Material

Interested researchers may also wish to consult CP MCC: Henry S. McCluskey Photographs (guide available at

Separated Materials

Miscellaneous Papers on Colorado River was separated from this collection and cataloged into the Greater Arizona Collection stacks as as HD1695 .C7 M5.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962.
Hunt, George W. P. (George Wylie Paul), 1859-1934.
McCluskey, Henry S. (Henry Stanley), 1887-1968.

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona State Federation of Labor.
Arizona. Board of Regents of the Universities and State College of Arizona.
Arizona. Colorado River Commission.
Colorado River Commission.
Industrial Commission of Arizona.
International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers.

Copper miners -- Labor unions -- Arizona -- Bisbee.
Deportation -- Arizona -- Bisbee.
Labor disputes -- Arizona -- Bisbee.
Labor unions -- Arizona -- History.
Labor unions -- Arizona -- Officials and employees.
Labor unions -- Arizona -- Organizing -- History.
Lawyers -- Arizona -- Archives.
Mineral industries -- Arizona -- History.
Miners -- Labor unions -- Arizona -- History.
Water -- Law and legislation -- Arizona -- History.
Water rights -- Arizona -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry S. McCluskey Papers, MSS-54, Arizona State University Library.


Mr. and Mrs. McCluskey donated these papers to Archives and Special Collections in 1967 (ACC #1967-00048).

Container List

Series I: Biographical Materials, General Correspondence, and Publications
11 Biographical File, Undated
12 First World War Record, 1918
13 Union Organizer, 1916-1938
14 Appointments and Recommendations, 1922-1940
15 Correspondence: McCluskey (Hunt's Secretary), 1922-1928
16 Correspondence from Gov. Hunt, 1920-1922
17 Miscellaneous Publications by McCluskey, 1916-1928
18 Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1914-1936
19 Board of Regents, 1918-1936
110 Correspondence: Railroad policeman, 1911
Series II: Labor Relations: Miner's Union
21 Arizona Mines: Wage Scales, 1916-1920
22 Jerome Strike against United Verde Copper Co., 1917-1920
23 Labor Relations: Mine Union Bisbee Deportation, 1916-1921
24 Contributions from Union to Governor's Campaign Fund, 1916-1917
25 Correspondence: International Union Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW), 1918-1920
26 Correspondence: Political (McCluskey), 1918-1920
27 Correspondence: Assessment Controversy Local Union, 1919-1920
28 Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 1917-1918
29 Arizona State Federation of Labor: Thomas French, 1917-1921
210 Correspondence to McCluskey from Charles Moyer, 1918-1921
31 Correspondence to Ernest Mills, Secretery/Treasurer, IUMMSW, 1918-1920
32 Correspondence to McCluskey from Ernest Mills, 1918-1921
33 Correspondence: Local Unions in Metcalf, Douglas, and Clarkdale, 1918-1921
34 Correspondence to Executive Board, IUMMSW from Charles Moyer, President, 1919-1921
35 Morenci, Miami, and Globe Miner's Union, 1919-1921
36 Samuel Gompers: Correspondence Regarding the Pan American Federation of Labor, 1920-1921
37 Correspondence: Various Legislative Matters, 1920-1921
38 Labor Relations: Nevada, Central Labor Union, 1919-1922
39 "Subsidy Ship Bill": Correspondence to Ashurst from McCluskey, 1922
310 Newspaper clippings, Ventana Mine, Article by Albert Atwood for Saturday Evening Post, "Where Have The Miners Gone?", 1919, 1923
4 President's Mediation Commission Session, 1917
51 Arizona Industrial Commission, 1926-1928
52 Letters, Memorandums, Court Cases, Medical Opinions: Dr. R.F. Palmer, Medical Advisor, 1936-1951
53 Arizona Industrial Commission: Speeches and Articles by McCluskey, 1945-1950
54 Letters, Published Materials Regarding Workmen's Compensation, 1948-1956
Series III: Colorado River Water Commission
61 Correspondence: Colorado River, 1921-1923
62 Correspondence: Colorado River Compact, 1925-1927
63 Correspondence: Swing-Hayden, 1926
64 Correspondence: Boulder Dam, 1927
65 Correspondence, Statistics, Papers and Published Items: Colorado River Hydro-Electric Power, 1927-1928
71-1/OV Colorado River Power Site Withdrawals, Maps, Correspondence, 1928
72 Swing-Johnson Bill Correspondence, 1923-1928
73 Articles, Speeches, Resolutions, 1928-1930
74 Colter Water Project Association, Sydney Kartus, 1952-1953
75 Statement by McCluskey ..., 1925
Series IV: Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence
81 Clippings: Flood Control, 1926-1927
82 Clippings: Flood Control and Boulder Dam, 1928
83 Clippings: General, 1928-1930
84 Compilation of Charles McKnight Sain's weekly column, "Sain's Weekly Letter Book", 1927
85 Correspondence: Labor Relations: Oatman District, 1918-1921
91 Absentee Capitalists; Menace Popular Government in Arizona, 1921 (30 Pages)
Reprint of a number of articles appearing in the Miami Daily Silver Belt from August 27 to October 4, 1921.
92 Report on Investigation of the Arizona Highway Department from July 3, 1917 to December 31, 1922, 1917-1922 (27 Pages; Photostatic Copy)
93 The Law of Necessity as Applied in State of Arizona vs. H. E. Wooton, Undated (104 Pages)
Discusses an I.W.W. deportation case in Bisbee, Arizona.
94 U.S. vs. H. S. McCluskey and George Eberle, 1925
95 Notebook of Informational Notes by McCluskey on the Colorado River and Dams, Undated
96 H. S. McCluskey and Helen B. McCluskey vs. C. L. Sparks, County Assessor, et al., 1956
97 Transcript of Proceedings of the Showlow-Silver Creek Water Conversation and Power District (Navajo County, Arizona), 1933-1934 (270 Pages)
Series V: Reference Materials
101 Address/Account Book, 1928, Undated
102 Acts of the Eleventh Arizona Legislature, 1933 (Typescript; Includes Index)
103 Industrial Commission of Arizona: Supreme Court of Arizona Decisions, 1943-1947 (Includes Index)
111 Industrial Commission of Arizona: Supreme Court of Arizona Decisions, 1949-1950 (Includes Index)
112 Industrial Commission of Arizona: Supreme Court of Arizona Decisions, 1950-1951 (Includes Index)
113 Industrial Commission of Arizona: Supreme Court of Arizona Decisions, 1951-1952 (Includes Index)