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Labor and Working Class History: Primary Sources

Primary Sources - What and Where?

Primary sources are actual records that have survived from the past, such as photographs, articles of clothing, oral histories, etc. Written primary sources include news reports, cases, letters, and other papers written during an era or historical event. 

The Kheel Center contains many primary artifacts and documents that illuminate labor and workplace history - specifically, of the needle trades, railroads, teachers, arbitration, mediation, and management theory. Many of the Kheel Center's collections are described in finding aids. 

The resources listed in the Electronic Primary Sources box are subscription databases that highlight and provide access to primary sources not physically available on campus. For online primary source collections and historical resources, see the Digital Labor History box.

Electronic Primary Sources

Digital Labor History