General Labor History

Illinois Labor History Society: Includes an annotated map of Illinois labor history sites; a U.S. labor history curriculum, including documents and handouts; links to labor history-related articles online; the ILHS Union Hall of Honor, with concise biographies; and a list of labor history links.

Encyclopedia of Chicago: Editors Janice L. Reiff, Ann Durkin Keating, and James R. Grossman created this rich resource with thousands of authored entries, maps, photos, and primary sources. The entire work has been made available online.

Chicago Metro History Education Center: Includes resources for students and teachers participating in the annual history fair, but that would also be helpful for the general interest user. Materials include guides to finding sources, and curricula on local history topics.

Labor and Working-Class History Association Labor History Links: Over 1,000 labor history links compiled by historian Rosemary Feurer



Chicago History Museum: The CHM houses one of the largest collections of Chicago and Illinois-related archival material, presents premier museum exhibits, and provides tours of Chicago neighborhoods. The CHM website also links to online photography collections.

Newberry Library: The Newberry Library contains literally millions of archival documents suitable for labor and working-class history research. In addition, the Newberry’s William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History hosts a monthly Labor History Seminar

Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature: Housed at the Carter G. Woodson Branch of the Chicago Public Library, the Vivian G. Harsh Collection contains thousands of archival documents related to the history of African Americans in Chicago and Illinois.


Women and Labor History

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Women's Labor History Bibliography: Links regarding general women’s labor history; the Women’s Trade Union League; Mother Jones and other mine workers; textile and garment workers; women in the Industrial Workers of the World; and other women in labor history.


Oral History

Roosevelt University Center for New Deal Studies Oral History Project in Labor History: Transcripts (in .pdf format) of sixty-eight interviews historian Betty Balanoff conducted with people in the labor movement, and with the founders of Roosevelt University.



Library of Congress - American Memory - Chicago Anarchists on Trial: This collection showcases more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair

Chicago Historical Society Haymarket Affair Digital Collection: This digital collection presents Haymarket images and artifacts in their historical context with a minimum of interpretive information.

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law - The Haymarket Riot Trial: Part of the Famous Trials series, this website includes transcripts of the Haymarket Trial, news accounts, and many photos and images.

The Lucy Parsons Project: The website includes information on the Haymarket Affair, as well as some of Lucy Parsons' writings.



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