The State Historical Society of Iowa was awarded a $360,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to process and catalog its labor history collection.
The Iowa Labor History Oral Project was initiated in 1974 by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. For over twenty years, the Iowa Federation of Labor has funded the collection and, working with SHSI, has ensured the preservation of the rich materials recovered by the project. The Iowa Labor Collection currently consists of over 1,100 oral history interviews with Iowa trade unionists and 800 linear feet of labor records.
The State Historical Society of Iowa maintains an extensive archive of labor union records, newsletters, newspapers, and other printed material to complement the oral history interviews. Researcher will find minutes of meetings, constitutions and bylaws, contracts and agreements, grievances, financial records, scrapbooks, photographs, and films. Please direct inquiries to Special Collections reference staff.
The Iowa labor collection has important things to tell historians, not only about the history of the working class and trade unionism in Iowa, but in the country as a whole.
Key to Unions
Oral History Interviews by Town
Labor History Exhibits
Iowa Labor History Timeline
IMLS Grant Project Staff, State Historical Society of Iowa
Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
The University of Iowa Labor Center
Last revised: June 3, 2009
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