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Labor History

Find information about primary resources in Labor History as well as a variety of labor history subject guides and indexes.

Indexes to Labor Publications and Journals

Guide to Collections

This guide provides a comprehensive list of AFL-CIO collections that are open and available for research. Use ctrl+F to search for keywords within the guide.

For more information, see Record Group 34 in the guide.

The University of Maryland has many major publications of the CIO, AFL, and AFL-CIO, including:


Digitized Labor Publications

AFL-CIO Publications available in the HathiTrust Digital Library

  • AFL News-Reporter
  • AFL-CIO Consitution 
  • American Federationist
  • CIO Constitutional Proceedings 
  • Economic Outlook
  • List of Affiliated Organizations
  • The National Economy
  • Proceedings of the AFL
  • Proceedings of the AFL-CIO

CIO News

A publication produced by the CIO.  Volumes 1-18 (1937-1955) are available; each volume can be searched separately by keyword.


A publication produced by the AFL-CIO.  Volumes 1-41 (1956-1996) are available; each volume can be searched separately by keyword.

The Carpenter's Magazine

A publication produced by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American of newsworthy events within the union.

Vertical Files, 1881-1999, George Meany Memorial Archive

The titles of available veritcal files are indexed in spreadsheets (see below).

Contact us for more information on accessing these vertical files.