Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

Samuel Gompers, 1887-1982

 Series 4

Includes images from Samuel Gompers' personal life, his career as a founder and first president of the American Federation of Labor, and various ceremonies and memorials after his death in 1924. Most of the images are from the 1900s-1920s. A sizeable portion of the collection consists of individual images, both formal and informal. The series also includes images of Gompers with various American and international labor leaders of the late nineteeth and early twentieth centuries. Of special note are the images portraying Gompers' role in international affairs, particularly his participation at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and his trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Panama Canal. Numerous images of artwork depict Gompers' visage. The sub-series of oversized photographs is particularly strong in images of artwork, including posters, paintings, monuments, and sculpture.


  • 1887-1982

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Researchers must wear white gloves when handling photographs or negatives in this collection.


4.50 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger boxes and 1 oversize box)

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742