International Labour History Resources

Institutes, Associations, Archives and Libraries

Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History was founded in 1961 to study "the working class 'situation'... and social history in the fullest sense." The Society aims not only to encourage teaching and research in labour history, but also the preservation of the records of working people and the labour movement.

The International Institute of Social History, which is host to the International Association of Labour History Institutions, is, as the institute explains on their page, "...one of the largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular."

Labour and Working Class History Association
The Labour and Working Class History Association aims to promote an international, theoretically informed, comparative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and diverse labour and working-class history.

The Walter Reuther Library is home to the archives of Labour and Urban Affairs and the Wayne State University Archives.

The WWW Virtual Library: Labour and Business History (The Netherlands) is a library covering a wide variety of topics in the field of labour and business history.

The Working Class Movement Library is a collection of English language books, periodicals, pamphlets, archives and artifacts, concerned with the activities, expression and enquiries of the labour movement, its allies and its enemies, since the late eighteenth century.

The North West Labour History Group was formed in the early 1970s to promote and popularise the knowledge and study of labour history in England.

The Marx/Engels Archive Internet Archive provides textual and visual research material in this popular area of study.

The Centre for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio This centre creates social spaces for civic and academic conversations on working-class life and culture and its intersections with race, gender, and sexuality and serves as a clearinghouse for information on working-class culture, issues, and pedagogy.

Bread and Roses Cultural Project
Bread and Roses is the not-for-profit cultural arm of New York's Health and Human Service Union, 1199/SEIU. Bread and Roses was founded in 1979 as a cultural resource for union members and students in New York City who would otherwise have little access to the arts. Special emphasis is given to programs that signify and interpret their history while generating new artistic expression.

 

Journals

International Labor and Working Class History
This journal has gained an international reputation over the past twenty years for its exploration of the historiographic dimensions of class and labor in all of their varied dimensions: theoretical, social, political, cultural, and intellectual.

Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas
This is the journal of the Labor and Working Class History Association.

Labor History
This journal showcases the work of labour historians, industrial relations scholars, labour economists, political scientists, sociologists, social movement theorists, business scholars and all others who write about labour issues.

Working USA
This journal is a peer-review cross-disciplinary social science quarterly journal intended for a broad exploration of the economic, political, and social dimensions of work and labor throughout the world.

 

Exhibits, Resources and Listservs

American Labor Studies Centre
This is a teaching resource for elementary and secondary school teachers.

Bread and Roses Cultural Project
Bread and Roses is the not-for-profit cultural arm of New York's Health and Human Service Union, 1199/SEIU.  Bread and Roses was founded in 1979 as a cultural resource for union members and students in New York City who would otherwise have little access to the arts. Special emphasis is given to programs that signify and interpret their history while generating new artistic expression.

The Chicago Centre for Working Class Studies
The goal of this centre is to "make class visible" by working with labour and community organizations to build public dialogue around class issues.

Child Labor Stanford University/ Labors of Love Project
This is a portal for information and stories about child labour.

History of Work Information
This site offers information on tens of thousands of occupations from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

The Labor Trail: Chicago’s History of Working-Class Life and Struggle
This site contains an interactive map, audio clips, video clips and more.

Labour Arts Exhibits
This multimedia site celebrates the lives of working people in America.

The Triangle Factory Fire
This web exhibit presents original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire, held by the Cornell University Library.

H-Labor
This listserv encourages scholarly discussion of labour history and makes available diverse bibliographical, research and teaching aids.