This collection includes pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, and ephemera related to May Day events from 1937-1981. Subjects include
May Day events and the history of May Day.
May Day, also known as "International Workers' Day," began during the Industrial Revolution in America when men, women, and
children were dying every year from unfit work conditions and long work days. On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers walked
out of businesses across the country in support of an eight-hour workday. On May 4th, 1886, a bombing occurred at a labor
demonstration on Haymarket Square in Chicago which became known as the "Haymarket Affair." This event is considered the origin
of the observance of May Day, a tradition that continues today as a celebration of labor and workers' rights.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.