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Samuel Krieger Papers

Identifier: LP001616


Samuel Krieger was born in Russia on August 20, 1902. Mr. Krieger came to the United States at age two and grew up in New York and New Jersey. He graduated from grammar school and went to work in the aircraft industry. Mr. Krieger was a member and recruiter for the Industrial Workers of the World. He served as an international representative for the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. In 1953 he began work as an organizer and business agent for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, from which he retired in 1972. He resided in Rohnert Park, California until his death on April 9, 1981. In retirement, Mr. Krieger participated in the Radical Elders Oral History Project and also appeared in two films; The Wobbliest and The Trials of Alger Hiss. In 1978 Mr. Krieger brought suit for libel against the author of Perjury. Allen Weinstein, publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and New Republic. At the time of his death he was writing his autobiography. Part 1 of the papers of Mr. Krieger mainly concern his activities during his retirement reflecting his lifelong interests in human rights. Part 2 of his papers include the transcript of Sam Krieger's trial by the Machinist's Union, correspondence between Krieger and Sender Garlin, and correspondence between Krieger and Scott and Helen Nearing, famous "back-to-the-landers" who wrote extensively about their experiences. A transcript of Helen Nearing's book, Living and Leaving the Good Life, can be found in the collection. Other topics include Samuel's travels to the Soviet Union, his libel campaign against author Allen Weinstein, and his work with the Teamsters.


  • 1926 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1983


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


5 Linear Feet (8 MB, 1 SB)


Material in this collection has been minimally arranged by the Reuther Library, and reflects its original order as received. In some cases a file inventory or box listing is available. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.
Part 1 has been processed and arranged by series, box, and folder. See finding aid for inventory.

For Part 2, material has been minimally arranged and reflects its original order as acquired by the Archives. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


Part 1 of The papers of Samuel Krieger were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March, 1995 and were opened for research in August, 1996.
Part 2 of the Samuel Krieger Papers was deposited in the Reuther Library on March 14, 2005.


Approximately 36 photographs related to Mr. Krieger have been placed in the Archives Audio Visual Collection. Numerous publicity postcards for The Wobblies film, two convention name tags from Atlantic City, New Jersey (1966) and Miami Beach, Florida (1971), a plaque "Mr. Union Man", and 21 tapes received with this collection are available in the Archives Collection.

Index of Subjects and Correspondence

(Correspondence is indicated with an asterisk)
  • *Anderson, F. Geary, 5:2
  • Bedacht, Max, 5:3
  • Chambers, Whittaker, 3:6-12, 3:21, 4:5
  • Chile, 5:5-6
  • *Clancy, John G., 1:2
  • Clark, Betty, 5:7-12
  • Communism, 3:15, 3:17-19, 3:21, 5:17, 8:2
  • *Garlin, Sender, 1:1, 1:7, 1:11, 3:25, 5:18, 8:3
  • Hill, Joe, 5:2
  • Hiss, Alger, 5:7-12, 8:11-12
  • *Hiss, Alger, 6:7-8, 7:8
  • Hunger strikes-Washington (D.C.), 3:16, 6:22
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters (I.B.T.) 6:9
  • International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 6:10
  • International Workers of the World, 3:13, 3:15, 6:12-13
  • *Lowenthal, John, 8:12
  • Machinist Union, Lodge 316, 3:19
  • Machinist Union, Lodge 402, 3:20
  • Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, 6:21
  • National Hunger March, 1932. See Hunger strikes- Washington (D.C.)
  • *Navasky, Victor, 1:7, 2:21-22
  • Near, Holly, 8:4
  • *Nearing, Helen, 1:1, 6:23-24
  • Nearing, Scott, 3:16
  • *Nearing, Scott, 1:1, 6:23-24
  • Oral History of the American Left, 7:9
  • *Raskin, Jonah, 4:17-20, 8:3
  • Radical Elders Oral History Project, 7:10-16, 8:1-2
  • REOHP. See Radical Elders Oral History Project
  • *Reuben, William A., 1:1 , 1:7, 1:10, 5:18
  • Russian trip, 8:8-9!
  • Scottsboro Boys, 5:1
  • Trials of Alger Hiss film, 8:11
  • *Walker, Doris Brin, Box 1, 2:6
  • Weinstein, Allen, Box 2, 3:1-3
  • *Weinstein, Allen, 2:13
  • Weisbord, Vera Buch, 8:14-17
  • *Weisbord, Vera Buch, 3:4
  • *Whitman, Alden, 1:11, 8:18
  • Wiggins, Ella Mae, 8:14
  • Wobblies film. 6:13-16

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Jared Natzke on August 13, 2012.
Guide to the Samuel Krieger Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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