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AFL-CIO Support Services Department, Publication collection

 Collection 0053-LBR-RG34-002

This collection consists of publications produced by the AFL, the CIO, and the AFL-CIO between 1889 and 1994. Most publication types are pamphlets or articles reproduced from the American Federationist labor journal.


  • 1889-1994

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.

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.


28 Linear Feet (56 Hollinger boxes)

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into three series:

Series 1
AFL-CIO Bound Pamphlets, 1956-1994
Series 2
CIO Bound Pamphlets, 1935-1951
Series 3
AFL and CIO Pamphlets, 1889-1955


The publications are arranged chronologically by year within each series, and there is no further consistent order. Series 3 is in loose chronological order with many undated items.

Custodial History

The AFL-CIO Support Services Department transferred these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives (date unknown). 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

AFL-CIO Information Department, Photographic Prints collection includes related photographic copy negatives:

N 810

N 1081

N 1082

Processing Information

Archives staff at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records at some point before 2013. When this collection arrived at University of Maryland from the George Meany Memorial Archives it was reviewed and staff discovered it was both incomplete and disordered. The box list started on Box 16, and Series 3 was not included though it existed on the shelf. Pam Baster, Gary Goldberg, and Megan O'Hern completed a title inventory of Series 3 which has groups of items in each folder rather than single items in folders. Megan O'Hern intellectually re-organized Series 1 and Series 2 folder lists with Series 3 into a revised finding aid. Series 1 and 2 are housed in boxes 1-37, and Series 3 begins again with Box 1 and is housed in boxes 1-19.

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. Metadata from the revised finding aid was also incorporated. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2018, at which point Jennifer Eidson updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Jennifer Eidson also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.

Guide to the AFL-CIO Support Services Department, Publication collection
Processed by George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archives staff.
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.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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