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Boxes of Labor Records, 2001
Labor Records, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Exhibit Resources

Labor-Related Resources and Links

  • The Glovers of Fulton County.    A long-term research and documentation project that examines the glove industry in Fulton County, New York. The Glovers of Fulton County is the first of the University at Albany Department of History's "History and Media Initiatives" and is directed by Professor Gerald Zahavi and doctoral student Susan McCormick.
  • Labor and Industry in Troy and Cohoes: A Brief History.   Original text: James S. Corsaro and Kathleen D. Roe; updated and revised for the Internet by Professor Gerald Zahavi and doctoral student Susan McCormick, Department of History, University at Albany.
  • A History of Working People in Troy and Cohoes, New York: A Time Line, 1600s to 1977.    Created by Professor Gerald Zahavi, Department of History, University at Albany.
  • Research Bibliography on the History and Industry of New York's Hudson-Mohawk Region. Produced by Troy's RiverSpark Visitor Center, Troy, New York.
  • The History of Labor in New York State Map.   A "poster map of the most important events in labor history from 1600 to present-day" issued by the The New York Labor History Association in 1998. The maps are available from: Map Committee, NYLHA, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Bobst Library, New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012. The New York State AFL-CIO website provides additional ordering information. Click here to re-enter the exhibit and see the portions of the map related to the Hudson Valley, Capital District, and north to Plattsburgh.
  • U.S. Labor and Industrial History World Wide Web Audio Archive.   Sponsored by the Department of History, University at Albany. RealAudio format recordings drawn from audio archives throughout the world as well as from University at Albany collections, organized by topic and archival repository.
  • The Triangle Factory Fire, March 25, 1911.   An exhibit of original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire held by the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and by Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Included with the exhibit is a selected bibliography of sources on sweatshops and the Triangle Fire.
  • Federations and Unions on the Internet.   Site sponsored by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation providing links to both teaching-related union websites and general union and federation websites.

Labor-Related Archival Collections and Repositories

  • Working Lives: A Guide to the Records of the New York State Factory Investigating Commission.    Guide to records held by the New York State Archives and Records Administration. In response to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the New York State Legislature established the Factory Investigating Commission to study working conditions in a variety of industries and businesses. The Commission's records provide a detailed view of early twentieth century working life and reflect working conditions as reported by the investigators who visited various factories and businesses.
  • New York Child Labor Committee.   Correspondence, subject files, administrative materials, photographs, publications, financial records, press releases, and other materials of the New York Child Labor Committee which was formed in 1902 "in response to the growing awareness of the abuses of child labor in New York State and the nation. The organization was formed by a number of prominent individuals and social reform activists who desired to create greater control over child labor to end the educational, economic and physical abuse children were suffering under extant labor legislation." These records are held by the New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections.
  • Tamiment Institute Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives (New York University). Containing archival collections that document "labor history, and the history of socialist, anarchist, communist and other radical political movements. Utopian experiments, women's movements, struggles for civil rights and liberties, and other forms of radical activity are also documented in this growing collection."
  • The Catherwood Library Kheel Center at Cornell University. Extensive labor and business holdings documenting labor and workplace history. The most detailed information is available on the needle trades, railroads, teachers, arbitration, mediation, and management theory.
  • The Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University. Collects and preserves the records of the American labor movement, with special emphasis on industrial unionism and related social, economic, and political reform movements in the United States.
  • Industrial Relations Libraries, Urban and Labor Archive Links.    List maintained by the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.
  • Labor Archives and Collections in the United States.    New York: Tamiment Institute, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, 1990.
  • Labor History Archives in the United States: A Guide for Researching and Teaching.    Daniel J. Leab and Philip P. Mason. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 1992.
  • Labor History.    Volume 31 (Winter-Spring 1990). Report covers over thirty-one U.S. libraries, archives, and other institutions.

Capital District and New York State Resources and Links

  • New York History Net.   This site promotes the awareness and use of the vast amount of resources available on New York State History.
  • The New York State Archives and the New York State Library.    Also available is the online catalog Excelsior: The New York State Library/State Archives Online Catalog which can be used to search the catalogs of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library. The Guide to Records in the New York State Archives is also of use.
  • The New York State Newspaper Project.   A project that "identifies, describes, preserves, and makes available to researchers the significant newspapers in all communities in New York State since the first publication in 1725."
  • Douglas, Marilyn, and Melinda Yates. New York State census records, 1790-1925. Compiled by Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates. Albany: University of the State of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1981. New York State Library LIB,132-4,NEWYS,81-71924
  • Capital District Library Council (CDLC).   Provides a listing of repositories in the Greater Capital District of New York State as well as other archival resources.
  • Albany Institute of History and Art (AIHA).   Located in downtown Albany, the AIHA contains collections that document the history, art, and culture of the upper Hudson Valley region from the seventeenth century to the present.
  • Albany County Hall of Records.    The Hall of Records holds the official records of Albany County as well as the mayoral papers of Erastus Corning II, the longest serving mayor in United States history (1941-1983).
  • Albany Academy Archives.   The Albany Academy Archives preserves historical documents and artifacts and is open for research. Its holdings document the school, students, educational methodology and the trends in American history which have affected the Academy.
  • The Colonial Albany Social History Project.   Covers the rich social history of Colonial Albany.
  • Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway.   Founded in 1972 by eight area civic leaders, the Gateway is the only comprehensive industrial heritage institute for the Hudson-Mohawk region. Its primary function has been advocating historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the industrial heritage of this area.
  • Schenectady Museum's Hall of Electrical History.   This site provides basic contact information for the largest collection documenting the history of General Electric, founded in Schenectady in 1892.
  • Union College.    Collections that document Union College and Schenectady, with strengths in science and technology.
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society.    "The Rensselaer County Historical Society is a dynamic non-profit, private educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life."
  • Troy's RiverSpark Visitor Center.   Provides information about Troy's heritage and includes a bibliography on Troy's history.

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Digital Exhibit created by Cynthia K. Sauer, Consultant, and Brian Keough, Head, 2002
Copyright 2002 M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Comments to bkeough@uamail.albany.edu