Scope and Content of the Collection
This collections consists of printed photographs covering a wide range of subjects, events, and people associated with the national and international labor movement.
The Subject files (1890-1995), include images acquired by the Information Department from various press sources and independent photographers. These photos provide substantive coverage on committees, conventions, affiliated unions, legislation, testimony, strikes, and work. The Portrait Files (undated) include individual and group images primarily of twentieth-century personalities and labor leaders. Studio orginals (1905-undated) includes images by noted photographers Lewis Hine and Margaret Bourke-White. Separate series of photographs documenting AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Excecutive Councils, and Presidents include images from their personal and careers in the labor movement. Presidents (date range of photos) represented are Samuel Gompers (1887-1982), William Green (1900-1962), John L. Lewis (1919-1971), Philip Murray (1922-1954), Walter Reuther (-1975), and George Meany (-1980).