Papers (1943) consisting correspondence of Tobacco association, newspapers articles.
The A. B. Carrington Jr. Papers consist mainly of the correspondence of the Tobacco Association of the United States from 11 February 1943 to 29 June 1943. The bulk of the correspondence deals with the labor shortage in the tobacco industry due to World War II.
Topics of discussion center around problems of tobacco growing, buying, grading and processing operations. Limited mention is made of the minimum wage requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act as it pertained to tobacco processing personnel (20 April 1943). Of special interest are the numerous proposals offered to help alleviate the labor problem. Among the solutions presented were limiting the buying time per day to four hours, limiting the number of pounds which any given set of buyers could buy in one day, and limiting the number of pounds the farmers could sell per week. These propositions were designed to prevent congestion in the tobacco market due to the shortage of labor. Other correspondence pertains to various problems faced by the tobacco industry due to the War. Among these secondary problems are lack of gasoline and cotton twine due to rationing and the curtailment of conventions due to the war effort. The two newspaper articles included in the collection also deal with the labor shortage problem as faced by the Tobacco Association in 1943.
May 19, 1970, 248 items; Correspondence (1943) of the Tobacco Association of the United States. Gift of Mr. Frank M. Wooten Jr. Greenville, N.C.
Gift of Mr. Frank M. Wooten
Processed by R. Weaver, October 1970
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