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Labor Notes Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001555
Part 1: Series 1 consists of clippings, flyers, articles, newsletters and other printed material documenting dissident autoworker and steelworker movements in the 1970s and 1980s.
Part 2: Files consist of research materials assembled by Labor Notes for use in their magazines and other publications. The topics covered include both national and international labor issues, and include information on the automotive industry, various labor strikes, contract negotiations, concessions, team concept and joint labor-management programs, sexual harassment, and more. Also included are records from various conferences and workshops prepared by the "Labor Notes" staff.

Series 2: Labor Notes General Research Files and Correspondence, 1965-2007, Subseries A: American Labor Issues, 1965-2007, Subseries B: International Labor Issues, 1980-2005, Series 3: Labor Notes Book Publication Files, 1979-2005, Subseries A: Misc. Labor Notes Titles, 1983-2000, Subseries B: Trouble Maker’s Handbook Research, 1979-1990, Subseries C: Trouble Maker’s Handbook II Research, 1990-2005, Series 4: Labor Notes Conferences and Labor Schools, 1979-2006, Series 5: Audio Visual, Ephemera, and Born Digital, 1990-2004

Dates

  • 1965 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 1999

Creator

Language of Materials

Material mainly in English. Also includes some Spanish, German, French and Japanese.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

24 Linear Feet (24 SB)

1.11 Gigabytes (233 Files)

Abstract

Labor Notes (officially titled the Labor Education and Research Project) is a media and organizing project for union rank and file activists based out of Detroit, Michigan. Best known for their self-titled monthly magazine, Labor Notes also publishes books, hosts a bi-annual conference, and runs organizing workshops and seminars for Union locals throughout North America. Since 1979 they have served an important networking and organizing role in the labor community, working to strengthen the labor movement from the bottom up.

Part Two consists primarily of research materials assembled by Labor Notes for use in their magazines and other publications. The topics covered include both national and international labor issues, and include information on the automotive industry, various labor strikes, contract negotiations, concessions, team concept and joint labor-management programs, sexual harassment, and more. Also included are records from various conferences and workshops prepared by the Labor Notes staff.

History

Labor Notes (officially titled the Labor Education and Research Project) is a media and organizing project for union rank and file activists based out of Detroit, Michigan. Best known for their self-titled monthly magazine, Labor Notes also publishes books, hosts a bi-annual conference, and runs organizing workshops and seminars for Union locals throughout North America. Since 1979 they have served an important networking and organizing role in the labor community, working to strengthen the labor movement from the bottom up.

Arrangement

Part 1: Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.
Part 2: The collection is arranged into 4 series.

Series 2 (Boxes 4-18), Series 3 (Boxes 18-21), Series 4 (Boxes 21-23), Series 5 (Box 24, and Digital Hold).

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Series 2 is further divided into 2 subseries and Series 3 is further divided into 3 subseries.

Acquisition

Part 1 and Part 2: Donated by Labor Notes in 8 installments between 1993 and 2014.

Transfers

1 SB of VHS and Cassette tapes has been moved to the Audiovisual Department. 1.11 GB of files are stored in the Reuther's Digital Hold.

Processing History

Part 1: Processed and finding aid written by P. McDonald on March 14, 1995.
Part 2: Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on March 14, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Labor Notes Records
Status
in_progress
Author
Processed by P. McDonald.
Date
1995-03-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016-03-14: Part 2 was processed by Kris Kniffen.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA