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Labor Research Resources

Of Interest

*The following links are to institutions that have Labor Collections. They are not associated with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Industrial Relations Library (Princeton University)
Established in 1922, the Princeton University Industrial Relations Library is the oldest academic industrial relations collection. Research interests include aspects of unemployment and racial discrimination, the economics of labor supply and retirement, education and school quality, the effects on minimum wages, labor turnover and job duration, quality of life issues, law and economics.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library (University of California, Berkeley)
The IRLE Library is an Affiliated Library of the UC Berkeley campus. It houses in excess of 45,000 volumes with a special focus on labor issues, labor economics, and organizations.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center (George Washington University)
The George Washington University and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters launched an initiative in 2008 to build an educational and research environment to explore the role that the American labor movement in general and the Teamsters in particular have played in the development of the United States from the late 19th Century onwards.

Martin P. Catherwood Labor Library (Cornell University)
The Martin P. Catherwood Library in Cornell University's ILR School is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America.

Social History Portal
Search and browse digital collections on social history and the history of the labour movement from the late 18th to the beginning of the 21st century.

  • Serial Services — The Labour History Serials Service, maintained 1997-2013, includes 3.980 issues from 128 labour history journals. On this site you can search for articles and browse the contents of each journal.

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
The W.E. Upjohn Institute is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment.

WWW Virtual Library Labour History
The Labour History section of the WWW Virtual Library, part of the WWW VL History Network, is maintained by the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, since October 1996.