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Labor Heritage Foundation records

 Collection 0115-LBR

Founded by Joe Glazer, Joe Uehlein, and Saul Schniderman in 1979, the Labor Heritage Foundation promotes the use and value of music and arts in labor activism. Saul Schniderman also created the Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, which documents historical markers and monuments of labor history in the United States. Notable people represented in this collection include Pete Seeger, Archie Green, and Si Kahn.


  • Majority of material found within 1972-2017
  • 1930-2017


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.

This collection contains restricted material, please check the folder listings in the inventories for additional information.

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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.

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.


93 Linear Feet (62 Paige boxes (stored at Severn library))

10.5 Linear Feet (7 Paige boxes (stored at Severn Library)) : Accession Number 2017-0195-LBR: Boxes 18, 26, 27, 32, 37, 38, and 39 contain 39 Betacam cassettes, 2 record sound discs, 74 audio cassettes, 22 VHS cassettes, 4 electronic discs (DVD), 6 electronic discs (CD), 14 audio tape reels, 4 U-matic cassettes, 1 floppy disk, and 10 audio sound discs (CD)

5 Linear Feet (1 oversize box (WH16:114) and 2 oversize folders (WH-FD2-D))

Content Description

The Labor Heritage Foundation records contain material on the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and Brice House fundraising dinner, correspondence, meeting agendas, songbooks, photographs, data entries for the Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, labor history books, and A/V materials from 1930-2017. This collection contains 69 Paige boxes, two oversize folders and one oversize box. Notable people represented in this collection include Pete Seeger, Archie Green, and Si Kahn. Landmarks noted in the collection include the A. Philip Randolph bust in Union Station, Washington, DC and the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument in Forest Park, Illinois.

Biographical / Historical

The Labor Heritage Foundation (LHF), an Allied Group of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1983 by Joe Glazer, Joe Uehlein, and Saul Schniderman. The non-profit strives to promote labor activism through a combination of music, arts, and culture. Every summer, the LHF has a three-day conference known as the Great Labor Arts Exchange (GLAE). At this conference, participants sing, play music, and attend workshops to learn how to write lyrics, skits, and do other artistic activities for labor activism. Since 1989, LHF has also presented the Joe Hill Award at the GLAE to honor those who have used arts and culture to promote the labor movement with significant impact. Previous recipients include Pete Seeger, Cesar Chavez, and Ralph Fasanella.


This collection is organized into two series corresponding to the two accessions of records:

Series 1
Series 2

Custodial History

The Labor Heritage Foundation records were donated to University of Maryland Libraries by the Labor Heritage Foundation on October 7, 2016. Saul Schniderman donated the Labor Landmarks materials to University of Maryland Libraries on January 19, 2017.

Processing Information

This collection is minimally processed. See the attached inventories to review the collection materials.

Some materials were put in new boxes if the boxes were dirty. Posters were placed in oversize folders and an oversize box and mapcase drawer. Some of the materials were originally housed in hanging folders, which were discarded and replaced with acid-free file folders. In some cases, folders were overstuffed and materials were divided into two or three folders. This was designated with a [1], [2], or [3] in the folder's title. Disintegrating rubber bands were removed. Loose materials were placed in folders. No attempt to rearrange them was made, so the items are in their original order with imposed folder divisions.



Guide to the Labor Heritage Foundation records
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Finding aid created by Maya Reid.
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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