The Section was established in 1922 through the suggestion of Clarence J. Hicks, with financial support by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. A primary objective of the Section was to develop a library specializing in labor subjects designed for the use of students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers in this country and abroad. Initially, the Section's program of research and publications was influenced by developments in the field of industrial relations. In the 1920's large firms instituted employee representation plans, employee stock ownership, and various benefit plans such as group life insurance and company pensions. . .