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Norman Zolot Papers

Identifier: 1991-0003

Scope and Content Note

The Norman Zolot Papers consist of legal case files, primarily concerning labor disputes in the state of Connecticut between the years 1947 and 1979. In addition to legal case files, the collection contains printed reference materials related to state and national labor unions and issues during the period. The collection was originally donated to the Connnecticut State Library in 1979, and was transfered to the University of Connecticut in 1991. There are no restrictions regarding the use of this collection. The papers are organized into five series.

Series I is the largest part of the collection and consists of a variety of legal case files. While each case file represents a distinct conflict, the series consists primarily of labor conflicts between members of labor unions and a company. There are some civil and domestic cases included as well. The series includes cases from 1947 to 1979 with the papers arranged chronologically. The case files were assigned numbers by Norman Zolot, with files occurring prior to 1971 receiving a Case File number (CF1, CF2, etc.). Beginning in 1971 Zolot dropped the case file system and replaced it with the year of the case followed by a numerical designation (1971-1, 1972-1, etc.).

Series II consists of materials related to Norman Zolot's work with the New England Teamster's Pension Fund. The materials included are from the years 1975 to 1979.

Series III consists of case files related to Zolot's participation in a major labor dispute between the United Aircraft Corporation and the International Aerospace Machinists, District 91. Covering the years 1968 to 1971 the files include his notes and correspondence, the briefs and exhibits presented in Hartford Superior Court, the court transcript, and the court's decision.

Series IV consists of individual case files related to labor issues, as well as civil and domestic cases, but that were not given a numerical designation by Zolot. The series contains documents from the years 1953 to 1966.

Series V consists solely of printed reading and reference materials related to state and national labor issues, spanning the years 1947 to 1953. Included in this series are printed flyers and brochures, passed legislation, tax and wage information, and disability and compensation materials.


  • 1940-1980



The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Norman Zolot (August 13, 1920-February 6, 2017) was born in New Haven, Connecticut and resided in and around the city for much of his life. A student of New Haven's public school system, Mr. Zolot continued his education in the city attending Yale University after high school. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1941 Zolot earned his Juris Doctorate from Yale in 1947. Upon completion of law school and admittance to the Connecticut Bar, Mr. Zolot served as a prosecuting attorney for the State of Connecticut, serving from 1947 to 1949 in the New Haven courts.

Mr. Zolot devoted much of his legal career to representing labor unions in the state. After serving as a state prosecutor Mr. Zolot became the general councel for the Connecticut branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (ALF-CIO), and remained active in that capacity to the 2000s. From 1971 until 1989 Mr. Zolot also served as the general counsel for Community Health Care Center Plan in New Haven. In additon to his experience working on behalf of labor unions, Mr. Zolot was been a member of numerous legal organizations and associations and has served on a number of state committees, to include the Connecticut Employment Advisory Committee, the Committee to Study Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Committee to Study Workers Compensation Law - Compliance with National Standards, the Committee to Study Revision of Workers Compensation Act, and the Committee to Study Municipal Employees Labor Relations. In addittion to his public service, Mr. Zolot maintained a private legal practice in Woodbridge, Connecticut.


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Norman Zolot (August 13, 1920-February 6, 2017) was a New Haven, Connecticut, born attorney, active in representing labor unions in the state from the 1940s to the 2000s. The papers consist of his legal case files, primarily concerning labor disputes in the state of Connecticut between the years 1947 and 1979. In addition to legal case files, the collection contains printed reference materials related to state and national labor unions and issues pertaining to the period.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collection was originally donated by Norman Zolot to the Connecticut State Library in 1979. In 1991 the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Division at the University of Connecticut requested the transfer of Norman Zolot's papers from the State Library to complete its collection of Connecticut AFL-CIO materials. Mr. Zolot consented to the transfer and the materials were moved from the Connecticut State Library into the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Collections in September 1991.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut labor. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

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Repository Details

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

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