George Meany Memorial Archives

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Address and Contact Info

Address: 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20903

Telephone & fax: (301) 431-5451. Fax: (301) 431-5455


Principal contacts for the collection:

Lynda DeLoach, Archivist - (301) 431-5441

Sarah M. Springer, Archivist - (301) 628-4854

Hours and Usage Restrictions

Research is by appointment Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed for lunch, generally 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change without notice.

Online Catalogs and Finding Aids

Guide to Collections: [1]

Online Catalog: [2]

Collection Summary

The George Meany Memorial Archives holds the records of the AFL-CIO, including administrative and staff departments, constitutional trade departments, and some federation-sponsored programs. Dating from the earliest days of the American Federation of Labor (1881), but offering almost complete records from the founding of the AFL-CIO (1955), the collections provide rich resources for historians, political scientists, trade union activists, and undergraduate and graduate students who want to examine a wide range of twentieth-century American political and social issues.

Because the AFL-CIO is a national federation of unions, the records focus on broadly defined policies, programs, campaigns, and legislative efforts. The archives does not collect the records of affiliated unions at either the national or local level and, therefore, does not document the work of those bodies or the activities of rank-and-file members.

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Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Major Topic Areas

Labor law, child labor, women in the labor movement, labor and religion, organizing

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