The AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO scrapbooks were created by different departments of the AFL, CIO, AFL-CIO, and affiliated unions. They depict and commemorate various events in labor history, such as conventions, cornerstone ceremonies, and special dinners. Materials within the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, photographs, and advertisements.
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Some fragile materials have restricted access and in those cases, surrogates are available; see Series notes for more details.
Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.
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The scrapbooks in this collection were created by several different AFL-CIO departments and affiliated unions. They were grouped together artificially to create a collection. The scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, textual materials that depict and commemorate different events in labor history, such as conventions, cornerstone ceremonies, special dinners, etc. Materials within the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, photographs, and advertisements.
This collection is organized into five series:
Materials within each series are arranged chronologically by date.
The condition of the scrapbooks varies. Some are in excellent shape while others are falling apart. There will be indications within the series description of those items that are fragile and may either require the assistance of an archivist or the use of microfilm copies. All original scrapbooks need to be handled carefully.
This collection was artificially created at the George Meany Memorial Archives with scrapbooks from different accessions from the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.
T. Juliette Arai and Lynda DeLoach at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 1998 and 1999. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2018, at which point Rebecca Thayer updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Rebecca Thayer also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.