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George Harris papers

 Collection 0058-LBR

George Harris was an early organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Born in England in 1853, Harris moved to the United States with his family in 1880. Harris became vice president of the Miners Amalgamated Association of Pennsylvania in 1883 and worked to organize within the state. In 1888, the National Federation of Miners was organized with Samuel Gompers as the president and Harris as first vice president. This collection includes biographical information, scrapbooks, correspondence, and certificates which detail the life of Harris as well as his connection to the AFL.


  • 1880-1925
  • Majority of material found within 1883-1901

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


1.75 Linear Feet

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The George Harris Papers were accessioned with the Samuel Gompers Papers Project collection in January 2012. The collection was originally donated to Peter J. Albert, the Editor of the Gompers Papers, by Gale S. McClung in May 1999.

Guide to the George Harris papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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