On January 8, 1916 historically significant papers and memorabilia of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) were placed into a cornerstone of the AFL Headquarters building by labor leaders of that time period. This multi-media collection consists of AFL reports and proceedings, laws and hearings, photographs, an AFL badge, pennies, and a granite chip of the cornerstone.
This collection of miscellaneous political correspondence consists of letters from American presidents, secretaries and under-secretaries of executive departments and agencies and from state governors. These letters were sent to American Federation of Labor (AFL) Presidents Samuel Gompers and William Green between 1908 and 1944.
Rosa Lee Guard was secretary to Samuel Gompers. Her papers consist of four folders that include her poetry, clippings of magazine and newspapers articles, her Br'er Rabbit stories and messages and magazine clippings of Br'er Rabbit stories by Joel Chandler Harris. Br'er Rabbit was Samuel Gompers' mascot and the creative stories written by Guard set Gompers as the inspiration for the rabbit character.
This collection consists of letters exchanged between AFL president Samuel Gompers and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson during the latter part of Wilson's presidency, covering a wide variety of topics pertaining to labor and World War I between 1914 and 1919.
Samuel Gompers, the first President of the American Federation of Labor was also commissioner and chairman of the committee on Labor of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense, and president of the American Alliance for Labor and Democracy. This collection comprises five volumes of Samuel Gompers' outgoing correspondence with those organizations as well as correspondence with AFL Executive Council members.
The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) maintained administrative and financial records for the activities of the AFL from 1887-1952. This collection consists of AFL account books, which document federation accounting practices during the Samuel Gompers era. Materials include financial and membership ledgers.
This collection covers the planning of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) national convention in 1953. The planning process was done under the AFL Research Department, which collected information of importance to the AFL. Documents include agendas, reports, speeches, and correspondence.
Frank Morrison was the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) from 1897-1936. This collection of his letterbooks consists of Executive Council correspondence and non-partisan political committee materials.
Gabriel Edmonston was the General President of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American from 1881-1882, a member of the FOTLU Legislative Committee from 1882-1886, and Treasurer of the AFL from 1886-1888. The collection contains about 250 items, primarily correspondence but also flyers, circulars and pamphlets. Correspondence from Peter J. McGuire and Samuel Gompers is included.