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John J. Driscoll Papers

Identifier: 1987-0025

Scope and Content Note

Many of the Papers of John Driscoll include files from Margaret Connors Driscoll's career. The Papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, fliers, notes, publications, administrative records, photographs on topics including labor studies and education, unfair labor practices, worker's compensation, CIO annual convention, unemployment compensation, various companies contract negotiations, disabilities insurance, special sessions of General Assembly, the legislative session, mine and mill damage suits, Associations of Catholic Trade Unionists, farm workers, the Workmen's Compensation Act, the Connecticut Conference on Social and Labor Legislation, Award: John Driscoll elected to represent Waterbury Brass Workers Union No. 251, International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelters Workers Executive Board Minutes 1939, Nonferrous Metals Industry Unionism, 1958 Legislature Unemployment Compensation, Present Economic Trends in Connecticut 1958, United Auto Workers (UAW), Legislation in CIO, Legislative Reports and Bulletins, Margaret Driscoll becomes Connecticut's First Female Judge, Various Court Cases Margaret Driscoll as Attorney,


  • 1933-1981


The collection is open and available for research.

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John Joseph Driscoll was born in 1911 in Waterbury, Connecticut. The son of Irish immigrants, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, from which he also received a masters degree in English and then earned another graduate degree in Philosophy from Brown University. He spent a year at Harvard Law School but left in 1937 to work for 40 cents an hour at the Bristol Company in Waterbury, where he waged a successful union-organizing campaign. He was soon appointed to a full-time position with the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. He soon moved on to the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), the United Auto Workers and the newly merged AFL-CIO.

Mr. Driscoll became executive secretary of the Connecticut State Labor Council in 1957 and was elected president in 1961, a position he held until his retirement in 1985. During that time he worked for the rights of public employees to unionize, served on the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and on the state's first Commission for Higher Education. He was a delegate to five Democratic National Conventions.

Mr. Driscoll was married to Margaret Connors and had a son, David. He lived in Bridgeport when he died on July 21, 1994, at the age of 82.

Margaret Connors Driscoll was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, likely in 1915, and graduated in 1935 from Wellesley College. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1938, one of five women in the class.

Mrs. Driscoll was heavily involved in Democratic politics and labor issues before her appointment as a judge to the Connecticut Juvenile Court in 1960. She served as chief judge -- the first woman to do so -- from 1976 to 1978. She was a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court from 1978 to 1985.

Mrs. Driscoll died on May 15, 2000, in Fairfield, Connecticut, at the age of 85.


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Papers of John J. Driscoll, labor leader in the Connecticut state AFL-CIO. Materials include photographs, framed certificates of appreciation, day books, published material (newspaper and magazine articles, labor literature), and scrapbooks. Also includes some legal papers created by Bridgeport, Connecticut, judge Margaret Connors Driscoll, John's wife.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collection was donated by David Driscoll, John and Margaret Driscoll's son, in 2000. All of the materials were previously stored in the Driscolls' Bridgeport, Connecticut, home.

John J. Driscoll Papers
An Inventory
2004 July
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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