During the mid-twentieth century, the American Labor Movement
reached a pinnacle of power and influence within society. The extent of labor's
reach was often seen in its concerted efforts to secure better pay, better working
conditions and reliable pensions for its members. This digital repository enables
scholars to study broad trends in U.S. labor and industrial relations by providing
access to original materials from a variety of authors, organizations and government
agencies, which together provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the life and
times of the labor movement between 1945 and 1980. The collection includes original
documents, pamphlets, company publications, union reports, student papers and
theses, and is divided into five areas of focus: General Labor; Longshore Workers;
Minority Workers; Older Workers; and Personnel Policies.
During the mid-twentieth century, the American Labor Movement reached a pinnacle of
power and influence within society. The Second World War required that labor be
managed as a strategic resource; the high productivity of workers during the war
carried over in the peace time economy, which experienced a sustained economic
"boom." Unlike European labor relations, where unions play an "official" role in
government, the American trade union system does not allow for an official "place at
the table" for unions. U.S. labor unions nonetheless wielded extensive political
power and also were in a position to influence social policy in a wide of array of
1,169 digital objects
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials
must be submitted in writing to the Library.
Collection is open for research.