The emphasis of the legal part of this collection is on Lamb's years as a labor lawyer (1934 - 1952) and to a much lesser degree, his corporate practice.
The material is arranged alphabetically by company, union, and by individual; and chronologically within each file.
Also some material relating to the National Maritime Union has been transferred to the Great Lakes Periodical Collection.
The researcher interested in labor or labor law in the 1930's and 1940's will find the Edward Lamb papers of benefit; especially his famous Portal-to-Portal Case.
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Lamb continued his involvement with labor by representing workers in the onion fields of Mc Guffey, Ohio (1934), the "Little Steel" factories in Ohio (1937), shoe-manufacturing companies in Portsmouth, Ohio (1937), and the U. The disbarment hearing lasted one day with the judge dismissing the case.
From 1941 - 1946 Lamb was involved in the famous Portal-to-Portal Case in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
There is also material on such unions as the UAW-CIO, the United Furniture Workers, the National Maritime Union, and others.
The researcher interested in women's role in the trade unions should note the claim of female workers at Toledo Auto-Lite for equal pay for equal work.