Labor Repository Open Houses

Three area labor repositories have offered to schedule tours with conference visitors.

George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, University of Maryland

Friday, May 29
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Participants are invited to visit the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, a prestigious archive recently added to Special Collections in Labor History & Workplace studies at the University of Maryland Libraries, and unique labor materials from the Gordon W. Prange Collection.

The University of Maryland emphasizes the collecting of archival resources and other collections that document the history of the labor movement in North America and the Washington, DC/Maryland region. These materials help researchers better understand pivotal social movements in this country, including those to gain rights for women, children and minorities. Our labor collections include AFL-CIO Department records, trade department records, international union records, union programs, union organizations with allied or affiliate relationships with the AFL- CIO, and personal papers of union leaders. We also have extensive photo documentation of labor union activities from the 1940s to the present in the photographic negative and digital collections. Additionally, collections of graphic images, over 10,000 audiotapes, several hundred films and videotapes, and over 2,000 artifacts are available for research and study.

Maryland’s campus is about 30 minutes by car from Georgetown. Visitors may also take the metro to College Park and the UMD shuttle bus to campus, which would take about an hour. To schedule a tour, contact Jen Eidson, Labor Collections Archivist,, 301-314-1296.

Teamsters Archives, George Washington University

Friday, May 29
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The George Washington University and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters launched an initiative in 2008 to build an educational and research environment to explore the role that the American labor movement in general and the Teamsters in particular have played in the development of the United States from the late 19th century onwards. The records of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters serve as a foundational collection to this initiative. Key aspects of this collaboration include an active archival program to acquire, arrange, preserve, and provide access to historically-significant materials documenting American labor history; an active exhibit program; academic courses; colloquia; seminars; a state-of-the-art reading room; and meeting spaces for the Teamsters and members of the GW community.

GW is about 15 minutes by car or bus or a 30 minute walk from Georgetown. To schedule a tour, please contact Thomas Connors, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor Archivist,, 202-994-1216.

Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections, Catholic University of America

Thursday, May 28
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections maintains 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, photographs, and film, including approximately 900 linear feet related to labor unions, the Catholic Church’s role in organized labor, and working-class Catholics more generally. This includes late 19th century and early 20th century labor union collections like the papers of Knights of Labor leaders Terrence Powderly and John Hayes and United Mine Worker President John Mitchell. The CUA Archives also includes CIO and New Deal related collections like the papers of John Brophy and Philip Murray and the Congress of Industrial Organizations Records. The Archives is especially strong in collections that document the Catholic Church and the labor movement, such as the papers of John A. Ryan, Francis J. Haas, and George G. Higgins, and the Records of the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. The finding aids to a number of these and other manuscript collections are available at the CUA Archives website.

Catholic University is about 30 minutes by car from Georgetown, and it is in walking distance of the Brookland metro station. To schedule a tour, contact Maria Mazzenga, Education Archivist,, 202-319-5065.

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