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Labor History

Introduction

Summer 2010

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Labor and Working Class History

Use this guide to find key library and Internet resources for researching labor and working class history in the United States and abroad.

Keywords
working class history, labor history, business history

Kheel Center Web Site
Many historical documents are available for your research at the center. Contact a reference archivist there to find out more and to make an appointment to visit the center. Most original documents from the Kheel Center are NOT available full-text online, but many descriptions of Kheel collections are available online at: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/browselists/allKCL.html

Prepared by Susan LaCette and Patrizia Sione

Starting Points

Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Historical Dictionary of American Industrial Language

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Historical+Dictionary+of+American+Industrial+Language&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HC 102.H67
ILR Kheel Center HC 102.H67

Mulligan, William H., Jr. (Editor). New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Provides definitions of terms used in manufacturing workplaces before World War I. The short entries are in alphabetical order. Further access is provided by an appendix that lists terms by industry. it is not comprehensive in scope (for example, transportation is excluded because too large), but the bibliography at the end suggests further sources. Intended for use of scholars of work and work culture.

Dictionary of American Communal and Utopian History

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Dictionary+of+American+Communal+and+Utopian+History&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Library HX 653.F65

Fogarty, Robert S., ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1980.

Provides "biographical sketches of more than one hundred and forty figures who played a prominent role in developing, leading, or inspiring utopian settlements" and fifty-nine pieces on utopian communities. Useful for those who want to explore the influence of utopian leaders and thinkers on the early leaders of the labor movement.

Encyclopedia of the American Left

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Encyclopedia+of+the+American+Left&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HX 86.E56 1998
ILR Kheel Center HX 86.E56 1998

Buhle, Mary Jo, Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas (editors). New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Covers a wide spectrum of reform and radical movements, trends, and leaders, in a variety of fields of activities, from social movements to literature to the arts. Entries are cross-referenced and are followed by suggestions for further reading. Most labor figures, strikes, and events noted for their leftist quality are included.

Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Harvard+Encyclopedia+of+American+Ethnic+&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference E 184.A1 H33

Thernstrom, Stephan et al., eds. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1980.

Although published twenty years ago, this is still the best all-encompassing encyclopedic work on ethnic groups in the United States. Arranged in alphabetical order by ethnic group name, the entries are extended essays that also discuss the economic condition and labor movement participation of each group. Some of the basic books are mentioned in the bibliographical suggestions. An index at the end helps provide further access points.

Historical Directory of Trade Unions

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Historical+Directory+of+Trade+Unions&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD 6664.M36

Marsh, Arthur Ivor, and Victoria Ryan (Editors).  Farnborough, Hants., England: Gower, 1980.

A collection of brief historical essays on British trade unions. Aims at comprehensiveness of occupational categories and characteristics of unions. Each of the four volumes that made up this bibliography is preceded by an introductory historical chapter.

Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Historical+Encyclopedia+of+American+Labor&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD8066.H57 2004

Weir, Robert, and James P. Hanlan (editors). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.

Covers unions, union leaders, labor-related events, important statutes and court cases, and labor terminology.  Entries are cross-referenced and includes suggested readings.  Spans colonial times to the 1990s.

Labor Conflict in the United States: An Encyclopedia

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Historical+Encyclopedia+of+American+Labor&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference Office HD 5324.L12
ILR Kheel Center HD 5324.L12

Filippelli, Ronald L.  New York, NY: Garland Publications, 1990.

A compilation of short essays on the main labor strikes in American history, intended for laymen but useful for students and scholars as well. Entries provide the main outline of events and a few suggestions for further reading. A chronology, a glossary, and a selected bibliography complement this encyclopedia. Access is sometimes problematic because strikes are entered inconsistently in the listing, sometimes geographically, sometimes by trade. The subject index at the end will help locate the desired strikes.

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide: Major Events in Labor History and Their Impact

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=St.+James+Encyclopedia+of+Labor+History+&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD4839 .S74 2003

Schlager, Neil (editor). Detroit: St. James Press/Gale Group/Thomson Learning, 2003.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Handbook%20of%20U%2ES%2E%20Labor%20Statistics%20%3A%20Employment&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=3

ILR Reference HD8051 .H36

Lanham, Md., USA: Bernan Press, 1997.

Description based on 1967 edition.

This irregular publication from the BLS contained tables on Unions and Industrial Relations. The 1967 Handbook contained information on union density by state and industry, type of employer bargaining units (single, multiemployer, etc.), work stoppages, NLRB cases, etc.. In recent years, the Handbook of Labor Statistics continues as a Bernan publication.

Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Historical%20Dictionary%20of%20Organized%20Labor&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=7

ILR Reference HD4839 .D58 2004
ILR Kheel Center HD4839 .D58 2004

Docherty, J. C. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2004.

Brief entries cover most countries, international as well as national labor organizations, major labor unions, leaders, and other aspects of labor movements.  Includes annotated listing of Web sites, a glossary, lists of leaders, and union membership statistics.

Labor Unions

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Labor%20Unions&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=10

ILR Reference HD 6508.L24
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 6508.L24

Fink, Gary M. (Editor) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1977.

Vol I of Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions Series.

Contains more than two hundred historical sketches of American unions, selected according to their longevity, historical significance, and influence on the labor movement as a whole. A useful tool as a quick but informative reference guide.

Roberts' Dictionary of Industrial Relations

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/234392

Roberts, Harold Selig and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Industrial Relations Center (editors). Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, 1994.

Fourth edition of a classic work that defines key terms in labor-management relations. Includes titles of law; case citations; names of administrative agencies; labor unions and other organizations; titles of journals and publications; and names of programs and projects. Although up-to-date, it includes historical terms and terms no longer in use but of historical significance, and also provides historical background for currently used terms. The previous four editions, the first of which appeared in 1957, are also available at the ILR library.

Databases

Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

AltPressIndex

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/firs/4273365

Cornell University community only

This Index covers journals reporting on cultural, economic, political, and social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary, with citations drawn from alternative, radical, and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Includes selected abstracts from research journals.  Subjects covered include anarchism, democracy, ecology, feminism, gay and lesbian issues, indigenous peoples, labor, national liberation, and socialism.
America, History and Life

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/arj5146

Cornell University community only

A complete bibliographical reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present, covering over 2000 journals published worldwide.  This database is an index to article citations.  It does not provide full text, but full texts of most articles are available in the Cornell Library or electronically.
Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective (1913-1983)

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/6254245

Search a single resource for articles on events, issues and trends in the history of business and industry. Contains the complete content of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957), Applied Science & Technology Index (1958-1983), and Business Periodicals Index (1958-1983). 

Digital National Security Archive

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/3852496

Cornell University community only

The National Security Archive is a non-profit research institute and library in Washington, D.C., which provides unprecedented public access to declassified documents obtained through extensive use of the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Through the Digital National Security Archive, the National Security Archive and Chadwyck-Healey have joined forces to produce the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to US foreign and military policy since 1945. Full text.
Historical Abstracts

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/arj2891

Cornell University community only

This historical periodical database includes annotated references to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the U.S. and Canada which are covered in "America: History and Life").  Covers over 2000 journals, including historical journals from almost every country and selections of journals in the social sciences and humanities for researchers and students of history.  This database is an index to article citations. It does not provide full text, but full texts of most articles are available in the Cornell Library or electronically.
JSTOR : The Scholarly Journal Archive

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/jsto/2900365

Cornell University community only

JSTOR is a fully-searchable database containing the back issues of several hundred scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, music, ecology and botany, business, and other fields. It includes the following collections: Arts & sciences I, II and III, General science, Ecology and botany, Business, Language and literature.  Full text.
Left Index

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/4273453

Cornell University community only

This is a comprehensive guide to the diversity of literature on the left, with a primary emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas. Topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization. Index.
NewsBank NewsFile Collection

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/apx8729

Cornell University community only

Access World News from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper. Particularly exciting, are the Early American Imprints and Early American Newspapers collections. They allow access to very early publications.
Periodicals Index Online

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/anw8003

Cornell University community only

This is an index to thousands of periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences across more than 300 years, covering each periodical from its first issue. Every article is indexed. The scope is international, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages. Previously known as Periodicals Contents Index (PCI).  What makes this resource particularly good for researching labor history is that one of the titles it indexes is the American Federation of Labor's (AFL) American Federationist.
Print Index: Michigan Index to Labor Union Periodicals

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=michigan+index+to+labor+union&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Z7164.L1 M62 Index

University of Michigan. Bureau of Industrial Relations (editors). Ann: Arbor, Bureau of Industrial Relations, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Michigan

This publication was an ambitious effort that contains references to periodical and newspaper articles for most of the major unions. Catherwood holdings are from 1960-1968.

Print Index: Work Related Abstracts; Employment Relations Abstracts; Labor-Personnel Index

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Work%20Related%20Abstracts&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=13

ILR Z7164.L1 E55 Index

Detroit, Information: Coordinators

These indexes contain references to articles in major labor union periodicals as well as business and popular journals. Coverage is 1950-1996.

Project MUSE

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/muse/any6882

Cornell University community only

Searchable database that provides access to the full text of journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press and other university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Covers such fields as literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and others.  Full text.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/5071678

Cornell University community only

This database offers full-text and full-image articles for newspapers dating back to the 19th century. For most titles, the collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. The database is an ongoing project.
Readers' Guide Retrospective

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/4177790

Cornell University community only

A database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States. Reflects the history of 20th century America. Covers these areas: Aeronautics, African-Americans, Aging, Archeology, Astronomy, Automobiles, Biographies, Business, Children, Education, Environment, Fashion, Film, Fine Arts, Food, Foreign Affairs, Gardening, Health, History, Hobbies, Home, Journalism, Leisure Activities, Literature, Medicine, Music, News, Nutrition, Photography, Politics, Popular Culture, Radio, Religion, Science, Sports, Technology, Television, Travel. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982.  It is an index and does not provide full text.  However, full texts of most indexed items are available in the Cornell Library or electronically.

Journals

Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

American Historical Review

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/1830326

ILR E171 .A516; also available electronically at Cornell

American Historical Association (editors). Washington: etc. American Historical Association.

American Historical Review is the oldest scholarly journal of history in the United States and the largest in the world. Published by the American Historical Association, it covers all areas of historical research.

Business History Review

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=19&ti=1,19&SAB1=labour%20history%20review&BOOL1=as%20a%20phrase&FLD1=Title%20%28TKEY%29&GRP1=OR%20with%20next%20set&SAB2=business%20history%20review&BOOL2=as%20a%20phrase&FLD2=Title%20%28TKEY%29&GRP2=OR%20with%20next%20set&SAB3=american%20historical%20review&BOOL3=as%20a%20phrase&FLD3=Title%20%28TKEY%29&GRP3=OR%20with%20next%20set&CNT=50&SID=6

Harvard Business School, Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration, Jstor and ProQuest Information and Learning Company (editors). Boston: Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, 1954.

This periodical is a good secondary source on American business history, including history of labor relations and personnel management. The journal is available electronically through library subscriptions.

International Labor and Working Class History

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=international%20labor%20and%20working%20class&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=1

ILR HD8372 .I61

Study Group on International Labor and Working Class History and Social Science History Association. Workers and Industrialization Network (editors). Pittsburgh, etc., Study: Group on International Labor and Working Class History.

This is a good source for academics who want to examine international issues. Includes reviews of recent publications.

Labor History

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=labor%20history&Search%5FCode=JALL&CNT=50&SID=4

ILR HD4802 .L125

New York, Tamiment: Institute

Labor History publishes original research in labor history, studies of specific unions and of the impact of labor problems upon ethnic and minority groups, the nature of work and class life, theories of the labor movement, biographical portraits of important labor figures, comparative studies and analyses of foreign labor movements that shed light on American labor developments, and studies of radical groups or of radical history as they relate to American labor history.

Labor's Heritage

http://cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/18732561

ILR HD8051 .L26

George Meany Memorial Archives (editors). Silver Spring, Md: George Meany Memorial Archives, 1988.

Each issue contains feature articles with accompanying illustrations and photos. Articles are very readable and include extensive references.

Labour History Review

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=labour+history+review&Search_Code=JALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR HD8388.A1 S67; also available electronically

Society for the Study of Labour History (editors). Sheffield, Eng: Society for the Study of Labour History, 1990.

This is a good secondary source for labor history in the United Kingdom. It provides an annual bibliography of labor history publications.

Statistics and Data

BLS: Catalogs of Publications of the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/bls/

Use these catalogs to find historical publications from the U. S. B. L. S.. These publications provide a wealth of historical and current data on the U. S. labor environment, as well as selected information on non-U. S. countries.
Compensation and Working Conditions

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=compensation+and+working+conditions&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference HD 4973 A29

 

United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics (editors). Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Compensation and Working Conditions; Available from New Orders, Supt. of Docs., 1996.

 

This journal has been published, under various titles, by the BLS since 1948. Earlier issues contain information on collective bargaining contract provisions. Unfortunately, this type of analysis was discontinued in the early 1980s. A web version of Compensation and Working Conditions in its current incarnation is available at http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/home.htm

U.S. Union Sourcebook: Membership, Structure, Finance, Directory

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=union+sourcebook&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD6508 .T86 1985

Troy, Leo and Neil Sheflin (editors). West Orange, N.J: IRDIS, 1985.

Contains tables that describe individual labor unions and the labor movement from 1897-1985. This is a unique compilation with a wealth of information.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Handbook%20of%20U%2ES%2E%20Labor%20Statistics%20%3A%20Employment&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=3

ILR Reference HD8051 .H36

Lanham, Md., USA: Bernan Press, 1997.

Description based on 1967 edition.

This irregular publication from the BLS contained tables on Unions and Industrial Relations. The 1967 Handbook contained information on union density by state and industry, type of employer bargaining units (single, multiemployer, etc.), work stoppages, NLRB cases, etc.. In recent years, the Handbook of Labor Statistics continues as a Bernan publication.

Labor Relations Yearbook

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=labor+relations+yearbook&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD8059 .L4

Bureau of National Affairs (editors). Washington: Bureau of National Affairs, 1966.

This resource is an excellent recap of the years covered. Find information on union membership by union, union dues, contract settlements. Narrative is supplemented with statistical tables.

The American Labor Yearbook

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v2=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=american%20labor%20yearbook&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=29

ILR Reference HD4802 .A56

Labor Research Association (editors). New York, NY: Labor Research Association, 1993.

Trade union statistics are contained within narrative sections. Statistics come from a variety of sources and vary with each volume. Includes information on the AFL, National Women’s Trade Union League, the IWW, garment unions, labor and politics, legal developments, international movements, and labor banks. While this publication is not a consistent source of significant labor statistics, it contains valuable representative statistics.

News

Compensation and Working Conditions

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=compensation+and+working+conditions&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference HD 4973 A29

 

United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics (editors). Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Compensation and Working Conditions; Available from New Orders, Supt. of Docs., 1996.

 

This journal has been published, under various titles, by the BLS since 1948. Earlier issues contain information on collective bargaining contract provisions. Unfortunately, this type of analysis was discontinued in the early 1980s. A web version of Compensation and Working Conditions in its current incarnation is available at http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/home.htm

NewsBank NewsFile Collection

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/apx8729

Cornell University community only

Access World News and America's Newspapers from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper.  Includes the Ithaca Journal from 1992.

H-LABOR

http://www.h-net.org/~labor/

A moderated e-mail discussion group dedicated to fostering international discussion of labor history topics.

Web Sites

ILR School (Cornell): Kheel Center

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/kheel/default.html

ILR School (Cornell): Kheel Center

Bibliographies

Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/tradeunionpubs/

ILR Reference Z7164.T7 R4
Cornell University Library Holdings

Reynolds,Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth (editors). Baltimore, The: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944.

Volume 1 contains a listing of trade unions and their publications. It also contains a brief chronology for the unions listed. Volumes 2 and 3 contain a subject listing to point to individual articles in trade union publications. The time period covered is 1850-1941.

Bibliography of French Labor: With a Selection of Documents on the French Labor Movement

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/44681

ILR Library Reference Z 7164.T7 D3

Dale, Leon Andrew. New York: A. M. Kelley, 1969.

Aimed at comprehensiveness, it gathers scholarly and popular books on French social and labor history written between 1600 and 1969. A number of influential articles are also included. Most works are in the French language. Separate sections contains bibliographies and a list of periodicals. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order, and the lack of annotations or a subject index makes the consultation of this bibliography difficult.

American Women Civil Rights Activists: Bibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/27898047

Olin JC 599.U5 H273x 1993

Hardy, Gayle J. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1993.

"Civil rights" in this work is understood in a broad sense, and encompasses activism in support of rights of a wide range of groups and issues, from political reform to health issues to labor. The bibliographic suggestions accompanying each biographical essays are quite extensive and list works by the featured activist and other biographical sources. Includes material on such labor activists and labor advocates as Kate Barnard, Ella Reeve Bloor, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Emma Goldman, Coretta Scott King, Luisa Moreno, Rose Harriet Pastor Stokes, Emma Tenayuca, and Addie Wyatt. It is complemented by an in-depth index.

American Working Class History: A Representative Bibliography

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/9762322

ILR Reference Z 7164.L1 N48 1983

Neufeld, Maurice F., Daniel J. Leab, and Dorothy Swanson. New York: Bowker, 1983.

A very thorough bibliography and the obligatory starting point for every bibliographic search on labor and working class history. Entries are grouped by time period and then by industrial sectors. Includes articles, books, and dissertations.

Bibliography of Industrial Relations in Latin America

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=bibliography+of+industrial+relations+in+latin+&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference Z 7164.L1 C81 no.3
ILR Library Z 7164.L1 C81 no.3

Morris, James O., and Efrén Córdova. Ithaca, New York: New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1967.

This bibliography was the first substantial research tool to be published in Latin American labor studies. It is made up of a section where works are grouped by subject matter, and a section in which works are listed by country. The scope is broad: the bibliography covers all sectors of the economy and all the major aspects of work and labor relations issues.

Bibliography of Industrial Relations in the Railroad Industry

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=bibliography+of+industrial+relations+in+the+railroad&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference Z 7164.L1 C81 no.12

Morris, James O. Ithaca, NY: New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1975.

This is a broadly comprehensive bibliography that encompasses all areas relating to work and the work environment, from unions to legislation to personnel management. Planned as an exhaustive listing of quality academic works and primary sources, it is particularly useful for the broad range of types of materials it includes. Manuscripts, books, pamphlets, theses, periodical literature, and government documents and publications are listed in separate sections and then subdivided by area of study (working conditions, unions, and the like). Within each topic materials are listed chronologically, from 1850 to 1975.

Black Labor in America, 1865-1983: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. Africana

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Library Reference Z 7164.L1 W74

Wilson, Joseph, and Thomas Weissinger. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.

A bibliographical survey of the literature on black workers after the Civil War, this listing includes books, pamphlets, government documents, and dissertations. Entries are grouped together in alphabetical order by both author and title. The subject index provides further access, but it is not very in-depth.

Danger, Children at Work: A Bibliographic Time Capsule

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=danger+children&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Reference HD 6250.U3 G9 1998

Guzda, Henry P.  Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, 1998.

A brief but informative bibliographical essay of the issue of child labor. Mentions major investigative commissions, government reports, and legislation concerning the employment of minors.

Historiography of the Chinese Labor Movement, 1895-1949: A Critical Survey and Bibliography of Selected Chinese Source Materials at the Hoover Institution

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=historiography+of+the+chinese+labor&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Library Z 7164.L1 C51

Chan, Ming K. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1981.

This is an extensive bibliographical and historiographical essay, that surveys historical accounts, scholarly studies, statistical compilations, official documents, and contemporary literature, as well as collections of primary source materials. It covers the period 1895-1949. The titles analyzed in the essay are listed alphabetically by author in the "Selected Bibliography" at the end of the volume.

International Labor Migration: Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=international+labor+migration+bibliography&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

Fine Arts Library Z 7164.O7 C852 no.258

Schaeffer, Peter V. Chicago, IL: Council of Planning Librarians, 1990.

This listing gathers historical works, government reports, bibliographies, and newspaper articles on international labor migrations, mostly on immigration to the United States from all over the world. It consists of one non-annotated listing in alphabetical order by author, thus making it hard to locate specific items of interest easily.

John L. Lewis (1880-1969): A Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=bulletin%20of%20bibliography&Search%5FCode=JALL&CNT=50&SID=43

Olin Library Oversize + Z 1007.B925

In: Chobanian, Peter. Bulletin of Bibliography 45.4 (1988): 247-260.

A bibliography of books and articles concerned with the life and work of John L. Lewis, union organizer and president of the United Mine Workers of America, and later founder of the Congress of Industrial Organization.

Maquiladoras: A Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=maquiladoras+a+bibliography&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

Olin + Z 7165.M44.F54x 1990

Files, Priscilla J. Monticello, IL, USA: Vance Bibliographies, 1990.

A brief bibliography that focuses on Mexican women factory workers in Mexico and in the United States. Includes articles and reports on migrant workers, industrialization programs, and international trade.

New York Labor Heritage: A Selected Bibliography of New York City Labor History

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=new%20york%20labor%20heritage&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=46

ILR Reference Z 7164.L1 W38

Wechsler, Robert. New York, NY: Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University, 1981.

Lists scholarly and union materials, mostly out of print monographs, and also dissertation and articles. Grouped by historical period, then by subject areas, then by industrial sector, the items somewhat overlap to make access easier. The entries are arranged alphabetically.

Pickaxe and Pencil: References for the Study of the WPA

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=pickaxe+and+pencil&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Z7164.P97 B65

Bloxom, Marguerite D. (Editor). Washington: Library of Congress, 1982.

A compilation of books and scholarly articles on one of the most famous and relevant to labor history of the New Deals programs, the Works Progress Administration (later the Works Projects Administration). Newspaper articles, congressional documents, and original documents are not included, but a few archival guides are listed. It spans works published since the implementation of the WPA to the 1970s. It is complemented by appendices with dissertations and names of WPA administrators, and by an author index.

Sidney Hillman: A Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=bulletin%20of%20bibliography&Search%5FCode=JALL&CNT=50&SID=43

Olin Library Oversize + Z 1007.B925

In: Chobanian, Peter. Bulletin of Bibliography 51.3 (September 1994): 265-8.

Mostly a listing of contemporary articles and biographical sketches, this bibliographical article is preceded by an introductory essay and includes books and pieces from magazines.

Something in Common: An IWW Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=something+in+common+an+iww&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Library Z 7164.T7 M64

Miles, Dione.  State University Press, 1986.

This very extensive annotated bibliography gathers books, articles, thesis, pamphlets, government documents, miscellaneous historical writings, and works of fiction. Includes an introductory historical essay, a chronology, and an index of authors and subjects. A must for students of the IWW.

The ANC and Black Workers in South Africa, 1912-1992: An Annotated Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=anc+and+black+workers&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Z3608.R3 L73 1993

Limb, Peter. London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1993.

This bibliography of the African National Congress is very extensive and includes primary sources as well as books, articles, dissertations, government reports, and audiovisual media. Entries are briefly annotated. Includes a subject index.

Mooney Case: A Bibliography

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=bulletin%20of%20bibliography&Search%5FCode=JALL&CNT=50&SID=43

Olin Library Oversize + Z 1007.B925

In: Chobanian, Peter. Bulletin of Bibliography 43.2 (1986): 108-113.

The first separately published bibliography, partially annotated, of Thomas J. Mooney, a molder and labor agitator, who was wrongly accused and convicted of a 1916 San Francisco bomb explosion which led to a trial of international proportions that is referred to as "America's Dreyfus Case."

Sacco-Vanzetti Case: A Bibliography of Journal Articles

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Olin Library Oversize + Z 1007.B925

In: Chobanian, Peter. Bulletin of Bibliography 44.1 (1987): 19-23.

This brief bibliographic listing supplements a previous article by the same author, published in the Bulletin of Bibliography in June 1982. It includes articles from popular magazines and from recent scholarly journals. Entries are not annotated and are in alphabetical order by author.

World of Labour in Quebec: Bibliography. Le Monde du Travail au Québec: Bibliographie

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=World+of+Labour+in+Quebec&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Z 7164.L1 T54 1995

Thwaites, James D. and André Leblanc. Sainte-Foy, Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1995.

An update of an earlier edition, this bibliography aims at exhaustiveness in covering scholarly works on the history of labor in Québec, understood broadly as the history of workers and the attitudes of employers, the government, the church, and society at large toward them. It is divided into five sections: articles, books, theses, audio and audio-video materials, and newspaper/union journals. In addition, it includes reports, brochures, and ephemera. An author and a thematic index provide further access to the materials.

United States Department of Labor Library Catalog

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=United+States+Department+of+Labor+Library+Catalog&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Library Reference Z7164.L1 U6774

United States. Department of Labor. Library. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1975.

At the time of compilation of this catalog, the library of the Department of Labor was the oldest, largest, and most complete of its kind. Arranged in dictionary form, this catalog is a reproduction of about 500,000 author/title and subject catalog cards, interfiled in alphabetical order. Since the publication of the catalog part of the library holdings have been dispersed among various institutions, but the catalog is still very useful as a reference tool, because it includes many less-known old books, pamphlets, and foreign language materials.

William D. Haywood: A Bibliography

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Olin Library Oversize + Z 1007.B925

In: Chobanian, Peter Bulletin of Bibliography 45.3 (1988): 204-207.

A bibliography of books and articles on William D. Haywood (1869-1928), organizer and first president of the syndicalist Industrial Workers of the World.

American Labor Union Periodicals, A Guide to their Location

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http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/581932

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A47

Naas, Bernard G., Sakr, Carmelita S.,joint author and Committee of University Industrial Relations Librarians (editors). Ithaca, Cornell: University, 1956.

This publication lists the U. S. labor union publications that were held in CIRL libraries in the early 1950s. It is a good source for accurate publication titles. For current holdings information, however, you must search the individual libraries' catalogs or a comprehensive catalog such as WorldCat.

The American Labor Press; An Annotated Directory

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=american+labor+press+an+annotated&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A45

University of Wisconsin and United States. Work Projects Administration (editors). Washington, D.C: American council on public affairs, 1940.

This book lists labor union publications from the AFL and the CIO. It includes local publications. You can also find other types of publications that were of interest to the labor movement.

American Labor Press Directory

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http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/3051430

ILR Reference Z7164.L1 A46

Rand School of Social Science, New York. Dept. of Labor Research (editors). 1925.

The pamphlet lists labor union publication titles as well as other publication titles of interest to the labor movement. In addition, there is limited international coverage. The time period is the 1920s.

Biographical Information

American Labor: Who's Who

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http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/3806507

ILR Reference HD 8073.A2
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A2

New York City: Hanford Press, 1925.

Includes biographical data on major early figures in trade unionism, labor politics, workers' education, cooperation, progressive farmers' groups, and related movements. A section on biographies in other countries is included. Indexes include a geographical index by state and city, and an "other countries" index by country.

Who's Who in Labor

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ILR Reference HD 8073.A451 1976
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A451 1976

1st ed. New York: Arno Press, 1976.

Includes comprehensive biographical directories and biographies limited to persons active in the labor movement in the 1970's. Supplementary reference materials include a listing of unions and employer associations and brief chronological histories of all AFL-CIO affiliates and most independent unions with a membership over 500. Includes several indexes, such as an index of persons classified according to their membership or position in an organization or category, a guide to the index by organizations, and an index by organizations with unions and employee associations. Also covers non-governmental organizations and groups such as the American Arbitration Association, labor educators, labor journalists, and labor lawyers.

Biographical Dictionary of American Labor Leaders

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Biographical%20Dictionary%20of%20American%20Labor%20Leaders&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=8

ILR Reference HD 8073.A1 F49 1984
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 8073.A1 F49 1984

Fink, Gary M. et al. (Editors). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Contains biographies of about 500 men and women playing an important role in the American labor movement. Each biography refers to guides for more detailed information. It contains a broad sampling of leaders from different eras and industries, and covers local, state, and regional organizations, as well as leaders of national and international unions.

Biographical Dictionary of the American Left

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Biographical+Dictionary+of+the+American+Left&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

Olin HX 84.A2 B61
Uris Reference HX 84.A2 B61

Johnpoll, Bernard K., and Harvey Klehr, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.

A collection of essays on some 275 individuals, including important figures from the 19th century and a few from the New Left, most of them (about 75 percent) born between 1870 and 1920 and prominent in the major left wing organizations of the first half of the 20th century.

American Reformers: An H.W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary

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http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/11621754

ILR Reference CT 215.A51
ILR Kheel Center Reference CT 215.A51

Whitman, Alden, ed. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1985.

Contains brief biographical sketches of 504 men and women who were prominent reformers in America from the 17th century through industrialization. The essays offer an assessment of these persons' significance to the reform movement, and provide references for further reading. The work is designed for students and general readers alike. Includes an alphabetical index of the reformers and an index by category, with such entries as labor, unions and employment, and child welfare/labor.

Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia

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https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&SL=none&Search_Arg=Jewish+Women+in+America&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50

ILR Kheel Center DS 115.2.J59 1997

Hyman, Paula E. and Moore, Deborah Dash, eds. 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Contains 800 biographies of Jewish women and 110 topical essays integrated in one work and arranged alphabetically. Each entry suggests material for further reading. Volume 2 includes an annotated bibliography and guide to archival resources on the history of Jewish women in America, as well as a combined name and subject index. This work is meant to be historical in nature, including mostly sketches of deceased individuals. Volume II contains a classified list of biographies of labor organizers and labor leaders.

Directories

Labor Unions

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ILR Reference HD 6508.L24
ILR Kheel Center Reference HD 6508.L24

Fink, Gary M. (Editor) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1977.

Vol I of Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions Series.

Contains more than two hundred historical sketches of American unions, selected according to their longevity, historical significance, and influence on the labor movement as a whole. A useful tool as a quick but informative reference guide.