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AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO scrapbooks

 Collection 0094-LBR-RG98-004

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.


  • 1883-1982

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.

Some fragile materials have restricted access and in those cases, surrogates are available; see Series notes for more details.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


25.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

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.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into five series:

Series 1
Office of the President
Series 2
American Federation of Labor
Series 3
Congress of Industrial Organizations
Series 4
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Series 5
Affiliated Unions

Materials within each series are arranged chronologically by date.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.

Custodial History

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.

Related Materials

A related collection at the University of Maryland is: Photographic Prints, 1887-1995 (RG96-001).

Processing Information

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.

Guide to the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Scrapbook collection
T. Juliette Arai and Lynda DeLoach processed this collection at the George Meany Memorial Archive.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-04-22: Revisions and updates made post-ArchivesSpace migration by Rebecca Thayer. Please see the processing note for detailed information.
  • 2022-12-19: Revisions and updates made to the Related Materials and Existence and Location of Copies notes by Jennifer G. Eidson (see Series 1).

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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