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AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Information Department records, Major News Publications

 Collection 0078-LBR-RG20-001

The Information Department was the publishing and press release arm of the AFL-CIO. This collections contains printed record copies of the major news publications issued by the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO, including The C.I.O. News, A.F. of L. Reporter, AFL-CIO News, and American Federationist.


  • 1894-1996

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.


61.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection comprises copies of the major news publications produced by the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO. It is divided into series reflecting major changes in title and sometimes in structure of the organizations. Series 1 contains The CIO News, Series 2 lists the AFL and AFL-CIO publications that were most similar to and continued The CIO News, Series 3 lists the journal-type publication, The American Federationist, and Series 4 lists unbound copies of the publications.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into four series:

Series 1
CIO News
Series 2
LLPE League Reporter, A.F. of L. News Reporter, AFL-CIO News
Series 3
American Federationist
Series 4
CIO News, AFL-CIO News

Custodial History

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.

Processing Information

Lee Sayrs at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 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. In 2020, Jennifer Eidson updated Series 4 to show container as box instead of volume, and added links for requesting materials from Series 1-3.

Guide to the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Information Department records, Major News Publications
Lee Sayrs created this finding aid 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.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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