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The Trades Unionist Labor Newspaper

 Collection 0087-LBR-RG95-014
The Trades Unionist was a weekly newspaper published from 1896-1976 by the Central Labor Union, Washington Branch of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). It was published every other week until 1982, when it ceased publication. This collection contains volumes 1 (1896) through 67 (1973) of the paper.

Dates

  • 1896-1973

Creator

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.

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Extent

67 Items (25 oversize boxes)

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Trades Unionist was a weekly newspaper published from 1896-1976 at first by the Central Labor Union, Washington Branch of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). It was published every other week until 1982, when it ceased publication. This collection contains volumes 1 (1896) through 67 (1973) of the paper.

This newspaper served as the official news organ of the Greater Washington Central Labor Council, the Building Trades Council, the Union Label Council, and the Allied Printing Trades Council.

Custodial History

The George Meany Memorial Archives did not have any provenance information on this collection, but it is considered the original donation of the Metropolitan Washington Council 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.

Processing Information

Sarah Springer at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 2011. 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.
Title
Guide to the The Trades Unionist Labor Newspaper
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Springer
Date
2011-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

Contact:
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College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212