The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive is the largest single donation to the University Libraries and complements other labor-related collections in our libraries. To find out more about related labor collections in Special Collections, please view Collections By Subject: Labor In America.
The AFL-CIO Archive consists of approximately 40 million documents and other material that will help researchers better understand pivotal social movements in this country, including those to gain rights for women, children and minorities.
The Current list of re-opened record groups from the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive:
RG1: Office of the President
- RG1-010 Office of the President. Rosa Lee Guard Papers, 1904-1927
- RG1-011 Office of the President. Samuel Gompers’ Copy Books, 1907 1924
- RG1-012 Office of the President. Correspondence with Politicians, 1908‑1944
- RG1-013 Office of the President. Samuel Gompers and Woodrow Wilson
- RG1-015 Office of the President. William Green Papers, 1888, 1909 1952
- RG1-019 Office of the President. President’s Files, William Green, 1869-1955
- RG1-023 Office of the President. President’s Files, William Green, 1940‑1952
- RG1-026 Office of the President. George Meany Papers, 1935-1960
- RG1-027 Office of the President. President’s Files, George Meany, 1947-1960
- RG1-028 Office of the President. Merger Files, State and Local Central Bodies, 1955‑1962
- RG1-038 Office of the President. George Meany Files, 1940-1980
- RG1-039 Office of the President. AFL-CIO Joint Minimum Wage Committee, 1954-1960
- RG1-040 Office of the President. AFL Cornerstone Papers, 1881-1916
- RG1-041 Office of the President. Jurisdiction Books, 1890-1978
RG2: Secretary-Treasurer’s Office
- RG2-001 Secretary Treasurer’s Office. Gabriel Edmonston Papers, 1881 1912
- RG2-002 Secretary Treasurer’s Office. Frank Morrison’s Letterbooks, 1904 1925
- RG2-003 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. Frank Morrison, 1911‑1914
- RG2-006 Office of the Secretary‑Treasurer. Secretary‑ Treasurer’s Files, George Meany, 1940‑1953
- RG2-007 Office of the Secretary‑Treasurer. Secretary‑ Treasurer’s Files: William F. Schnitzler, 1952‑1980
- RG2-009 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. AFL Account Books, 1887‑1925
- RG2-010 Secretary‑Treasurer’s Office. AFL, AFL‑CIO Charter Books, 1891‑1966
RG4: Executive Council
- RG4-004 Executive Council. Correspondence, Minutes, Vote Books, 1891 1954
- RG4-005 Executive Council. Samuel Gompers Memorial Committee, 1924‑1936
- RG4-006 Executive Council. AFL CIO Executive Council Minutes, 1955 1969
- RG4-008 American Federation of Labor. Executive Council Minutes, 1893-1955
- RG4-009 Congress of Industrial Organization. Executive Board. Proceedings, 1942-1955
RG5: Office of the General Council
- RG5-001 Office of the General Council. Lawyers Coordinating Committee Oral History Project
RG9: Civil Rights Department
- RG9-001 Civil Rights Department. AFL Records, 1943 1955; CIO Committee to Abolish Discrimination, 1948 1950; AFL CIO Director’s Files, 1956 1967
- RG9-002 Civil Rights Department. Discrimination Case Files, 1947 1984
RG13: Research Department
- RG13-001 Research Department. Boris Shishkin Papers, 1918, 1927-1971
- RG13‑002 Research Department. Staff Files, Frank Fernbach, 1942 1968
- RG13‑003 Research Department. Staff Files, Nat Goldfinger, 1947‑1966
- RG13‑004 CIO Research Department. Staff Files, Everett Kassalow, 1947-1951
- RG13 005 Research Department. Director’s Files, Stanley H. Ruttenberg, 1946-1964
- RG13‑006 Economic Research Department. Office of Wage and Industrial Relations Records. Anne Draper Files, 1963‑1994
- RG13-007 Research Department. Convention Files, 1953
RG18: International Affairs Department
- RG18‑001 International Affairs Department. Country Files, 1945‑1971
- RG18‑002 CIO International Affairs Department. Director’s Files, Michael Ross, 1945‑1955
- RG18‑003 International Affairs Department. Jay Lovestone Files, 1939 1974
- RG18‑004 Affairs Department. Irving Brown Files, 1943‑1989
- RG18‑005 Affairs Department. Staff Files: George Delaney’s Files, 1921-1957
- RG18‑007 International Affairs Department. International Labor Organizations Activities, 1946-1985
- RG18‑008 International Affairs Department. AFL Advisors to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1944-1952
- RG18‑009 International Affairs Department. Staff Files: Serafino Romualdi’s Files, 1945-1961
- RG18‑010 International Affairs Department. Country Files, 1969-1981.
RG20: Information Department
- RG20-001 Information Department. Major News Publications of the CIO, AFL, and AFL-CIO, 1894-1996
- RG20-002 Information Department. CIO Union News Service, 1936-1950
RG95: Private Donations
- RG95-001 Morris S. Novik Papers, 1940 1989
- RG95-002 Vanni Buscemi Montana Collection, 1925 1991
- RG95-003 Virginia Tehas Oral Interview
- RG95-004 Trades Union Congress Papers, 1942-1943
- RG95-005 United Labor Policy Committee, 1950-1951
- RG95-006 William Baillie Baird Papers, 1886-1927
- RG95-007 Private Donations. Lane Kirkland Papers, 1863-1998
- RG95-008 Larry Rogin Papers, 1926-1988
RG96: Still Images
- RG96-001 Photographic Prints
- RG96-003 Photographic Slides
- RG96-004 Morris B. Schnapper Collection
WorldCat Navigation Tips
Revised February 27, 2014
By Technical Lead John Schalow, Special Collections Cataloger/Coordinator
The University of Maryland Libraries’ French Pamphlet Collection is currently accessible through an inventory. But if you are looking for a specific title among the 5000 pamphlets in series one, you won’t find it quickly as series one is organized in boxes by broad subject. We don’t really know what titles are in each box and who has the time to look through all these boxes to find a title? Series two is an author/title list and while you can search the nearly 2000 titles in the PDF by keyword using the find function, this is time consuming. Therefore, we are currently identifying and analyzing the pamphlets in subject areas of interest to our faculty. The steps include compiling the data in a spreadsheet, selecting titles for digitization, and then creating machine readable catalog records for WorldCat.org. The cataloged pamphlets are under the call number DC141.F74 and those which are digitized are now in the catalog. The easiest way to browse them is to go to: http://umaryland.worldcat.org/ select Libraries to search “University of Maryland, College Park” and type in the search box ho:pamphlets france aat This search identifies all pamphlets with the genre heading “pamphlets France” and results in over 400 retrievals which you can limit by eBook format in the left-hand sidebar resulting in a view of digitized pamphlets. I have created a saved search in WorldCat.org which retrieves only the French pamphlets. WorldCat.org has powerful (but cryptic) command searches which are documented here. For example, you can do a Library of Congress subject search for Haiti combined with the above search to see the French pamphlets about Haiti. Hl:Haiti and ho:pamphlets france aat You can also access all of the digitized French pamphlets via our local “classic” catalog using an advanced search, command search: WLC=DC141.F74 and WTO=eo . Or this link: http://catalog.umd.edu/F/FTJ5TVJVLJKTRTB2QND7UBUHBQ4MTA4M2I81EQB2ANV8648RQ8-00851?func=find-c&ccl_term=wlc%3DDC141.F74+and+wty%3Deo&adjacent=N&x=28&y=6
Some of the pamphlet titles describe the contents pretty well, like Lettre du comte de Mirabeau à M. Le Couteulx de la Noraye, sur la Banque de Saint-Charles & sur la Caisse-d’escompte. But others do not! What is Les Abeilles de la Seine about? Bees of the Seine?? The cataloger has determined that it is a political satire and assigned this subject heading along with one for French revolution pamphlets. WorldCat.org enables you to click on subject links to find other works of or about French political satire. Catalogers also perform research to identify anonymous authors. The title page and contents of another pamphlet, Avis a la livrée, do not give the author, but the cataloger is able to attribute authorship to Louis Marie Prudhomme, which is reflected in the catalog record.
This cataloging effort facilitates efficient access to the pamphlets and in this way supports several of Ranganathan’s five laws of library science, especially “every book its reader” and “save the time of the reader”. Take advantage of the improved access to these resources today and happy reading!
The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection is now available at the Maryland Room, 1st floor Hornbake Library. To celebrate, we are featuring four blog posts about World’s Fair history and the collection.
Part 1 of 4
Crystal Palace, New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (1853-1854). Carstensen, Georg, 1812-1857. Periodical Illustrations: monochrome.
Before the internet, World’s Fairs gave people the chance to explore the world outside their everyday experience. People from all over the world flocked to the fairs to see the monumental architecture and exotic landscapes and to experience different cultures, international foods and new inventions. For a brief amount of time, cities would transform their everyday setting into places of magic and entertainment.
Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.). Photomechanical prints: black and white; 23.5 x 18.5 cm.
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, held in 1851 in London’s Hyde Park, is known as the first international exposition. The Great Exhibition was organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, to celebrate modern industrial technology and design. It became a platform for countries from around the world to display their achievements.
Crystal Palace, Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England). Paxton, Joseph, Sir, 1803-1865. Gelatin silver print: black and white.
Visit the recently expanded finding aid for the World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection and A Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture digital archive for more information.
Article by A. Moore, Historic Preservation Graduate Assistant.
Get into the holiday spirit than by visiting the Special Collections Literature and Rare Books Collection in Hornbake Library! On display now in the Maryland Room are books written by celebrated authors about the holiday season or retelling classic tales. Visit the UMD Libraries hours website for our holiday hours – you definitely don’t want to miss this display!
Books featured in the display include:
- The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore. Porter & Caotes: Philadelphia, 1883
- A Christmas Story, Katherine Anne Porter. Mademoiselle: New York, 1958
- The Cultivation of Christmas Trees, T.S. Eliot. Farrar, Straus and Cudahy: New York
- Two Christmas Tales, Ernest Hemingway. The Hart Press: Berkeley, 1959
- A Christmas Dream, Louisa May Alcott. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston. 1901
- The Wood-Pile, Robert Frost. Spiral Press: New York, 1961
- Christmas Verse. Oxford University Press: New York, 1945
- The Untold Adventures of Santa Claus, Ogden Nash. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston, 1962
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. G. Routledge: London, 1880
- Old Christmas, Washington Irving. Judd and Dettweiler: Washington, 1934
- Come Christmas: A selection of Christmas poetry, song, drama, and prose, Lesley Frost. Coward-McCann Inc.: New York, 1935
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few photos of the rare books featured in our latest Spooky Special Collections display. Visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library to see these incredible works up close.
Miniature book: Kriminal-geschichten, a German translation of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe. How could something so tiny be so terrifying?!?
Praxis criminis persequendi, elegantibus aliquot figuris illustrata, by Jean Milles de Souvigny. So glad I’m not these guys.
The Vampyre, by John William Polidori. Before Team Edward and Team Jacob ever existed, this was “Twilight” in 1819.
Rare books displayed in the Maryland Room. Visit the Spooky Special Collections display through 11/2/12.
You can read some of our books online! Visit The Vampyre and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells in WorldCat UMD.
Also see our growing list of haunted reads throughout the centuries.
Buffy could show you a thing or two about primary source research.
Libraries are often the focal points for the spooky, mythical, and gruesome. Special Collections are no different, and we’re celebrating the spirit of Halloween in style!
University Archives Blog:
“Ghostly Encounters” will feature haunted places at the University of Maryland. Visit their site every Wednesday, and be prepared to think of your classroom in a new, terrifying, way.
Spooky Special Collections Display:
Girls’ Series Books from the Pagnani Collection
Celebrate Halloween with the Spooky Special Collections display in the Maryland Room of Hornbake Library! Our current display hosts girls’ series books. Each of these books (from the Rose and Joseph Pagnani Collection) features a heroine forced to use her skill and resourcefulness to face the mysterious criminal unknown. Especially enticing are the colorful, suspenseful covers.
Come back next week for rare books from our collection with a decidedly grisly twist. The display runs through November 2nd.
Visit the WorldCat UMD list of items featured in our Spooky Special Collections display, and a list for books about the state of Maryland’s haunted locations and local ghouls.