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America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 - Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events.
American Labor Museum - Haledon, New Jersey. Visit the permanent exhibit "1913 Paterson Silk Strike," featuring historic photographs of workplace conditions, wage scales, picketlines, strikers' meetings at the Bottos' home, and the organizers of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). View temporary, changing exhibits on an array of topics related to workplaces, workers and organized labor, past and present.
Digital Commons@ILR - Highlights the scholarship of the faculty and researchers at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University's by making available their working papers, reports, conference presentations, journal articles, dissertations and theses, etc. In addition to the intellectual work of ILR faculty, DigitalCommons@ILR also houses collections of digital material selected by the reference librarians and archivists at Catherwood. These collections were created out of a growing concern over the loss of born digital materials and grey literature and the desire to ensure access to these resources for current and future students, faculty, and researchers.
Guide to the Paul F. Brissenden Collection of Research Materials On Labor Injunctions In New York State, 1898-1940 [bulk 1928-1936] - The largest part of the collection consists of six hundred and twenty case files, organized by case name, reproduced from New York State county clerk records and those of participating attorneys. Cases fall into four general categories: 1) employer vs. union; 2) union vs. employer; 3) interunion; 4) non-labor. Case files typically include trial transcripts, appeals, legal documents, notes, clippings, correspondence, and supporting documents such as responses of attorneys to questionnaires on economics, procedure and practice. Examples of acts frequently restrained include picketing, labor violence, boycotts, strikes, use of scabs, refusal to submit to labor dispute settlement by an impartial chairman, layoffs, unfair labor practices, use of individual contracts and yellow dog contracts.
International Institute of Social History - Amsterdam, The Netherlands. One of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular.
Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) - Open to everyone interested in studying the history of working-class men and women, their lives, workplaces, communities, organizations, cultures, political activities, and societal contexts. Promotes an international, theoretically informed, comparative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and diverse labor and working-class history.
Labor Arts - A virtual museum gathering, identifying and displaying images of the cultural artifacts of working people and their organization.
Labor Heritage Foundation - Works to preserve and promote knowledge of the cultural heritage of the American worker through the arts, including music, poetry, written works, theatre, and artistic works; and conducts historical research through written and oral histories.
Labor Press Project - This site brings together information about the history and ongoing influence of newspapers and periodicals published by unions, labor councils, and radical organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Lilly Library: Labor and 'Left-Wing'-Related Collections - This page provides the collection name, date range and number of items in a collection followed by a very brief description of the contents of the collection. All of these collections are related to labor or 'left-wing' issues.
Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects - The gateway to a set of labor and civil rights history projects directed by Professor James N. Gregory at the University of Washington and supported by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Center for the Study of Pacific Northwest. These eleven projects bring together nearly one hundred video oral history interviews and several thousand photographs, documents, and digitized newspaper articles. Included are films, slide shows, and lesson plans for teachers. The projects also feature dozens of historical essays about important issues, events, and people, many written by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington.
Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition - Created to bring together a broad and diverse group of organizations and individuals to commemorate the centennial of the Triangle Factory fire on March 25, 2011. Now the Coalition is leading the effort to continue the commemoration of the Triangle fire by installing a permanent public art memorial and continuing the tradition of annual commemorations of the fire.
Remembering Triangle Factory Fire - This web exhibit presents original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire, held by the Cornell University Library. You will find original documents, oral histories, and photographs. You can hear and read first-hand accounts by survivors and others that will provide a glimpse into the lives of workers and a sense of the horrors of a factory fire that claimed the lives of 146 young workers. A selected bibliography of sources on sweatshops and the Triangle Fire includes sources for teachers of history. Not posted on the site is a partial but extensive transcript of the trial, and documents on subsequent commemorations of the fire.
Reuther, Walter P. Library - Home to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and the Wayne State University Archives. It collects, preserves and provides access to the heritage of the American labor movement and related reform movements of the twentieth century. The collection also includes urban affairs, with particular focus on the history of metropolitan Detroit.
Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives - A unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. Its primary focus is the complex relationship between trade unionism and progressive politics and how this evolved over time. Archival, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it related to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change.
Southern Labor Archives, Pullern Library - Georgia State University. The largest accumulation of labor records in the Southeast, the Archives holdings include organizational records, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, personal papers of labor leaders, oral histories, collective bargaining agreements, constitutions and bylaws, and convention proceedings from 1888 to the present.
Working Class Movement Library (WCML) - A collection of English language books, periodicals, pamphlets, archives and artefacts, concerned with the activities, expression and enquiries of the labour movement, its allies and its enemies, since the late 1700s.
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