Cornell University

Catherwood Library Kheel Center

Catherwood Library Kheel Center, 227 Ives Hall, 607-255-3183

History of the Kheel Center

National Trade Union Women’s League Seal, 1903The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives was founded in 1949 as the Labor-Management Documentation Center. Its continuing purpose is the preservation of original source materials relevant to the history of American labor unions, management theory as it applies to labor and industrial relations, and the history of employees at the workplace.

In May of 1996, the center was renamed to honor Theodore W. Kheel, distinguished lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, and public figure, in recognition of the substantial contributions made by Mr. Kheel and by his equally distinguished wife, Ann Sunstein Kheel, to the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School) and Cornell University. Throughout its history, the Kheel Center has been a unit of the Catherwood Library of the ILR School.