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Collections in the Archives

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The Labor Archives contains more than 200 separate collections of labor related materials from individuals and organizations documenting the local, national and international dimensions of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Union Collections -  Many unions have made the Labor Archives the official repository for their historical records -- minutes, office correspondence, membership files, publications and contracts.
  • Personal Papers -  Labor leaders, attorneys, arbitrators, and rank-and-file workers, and labor rights supporters have donated their personal papers.
  • Organizational Records -  Records from organizations that supported organized labor, worker's rights, and civil rights and also records from labor critics and opponents. Also included are records of employers, some of which were the collective bargaining partners--and sometimes opponents--of unions.
  • Primary Reference Sources - Selected resources and research tips for labor history researchers and those interested in ethnic, social, local, political, and women's history.

Digital Collections

LAWS has over a thousand photographs and digitized documents showing workers, industrial settings, strikes and union activities, civil rights campaigns, and more. See Digital Resources of the Labor Archives of Washington.