2013-2014 Annual Report

Date: 2014 Annual Report


Name of Section/Roundtable: Labor Archives Roundtable (LAR)


Officers: Catherine Powell, Conor Casey, Co-Chairs


Report from 2014 annual meeting:

  • Number of attendees: [About 26 people]
  • Election results: Catherine Powell was reappointed Co-chair for 2014-2016.
  • Summary of meeting activities:
    • It was agreed to submit a LAR a least one or several sponsored proposals for the 2015 SAA annual program focusing on labor and civil rights.
    • LAR members agreed to collaborate on proposal submissions and host repository tours for the upcoming Labor and Walking Class History Association 2015 meeting.
    • Discussion on how to handle sensitive material such as grievance files and arbitration records, balancing access and confidentiality issues. Members agreed to share policies and forms.
    • Presentation on the historic transfer of the AFL-CIO Archives to the University of Maryland by Jennifer Eidson and Lauren Brown.




Completed projects/activities:

A labor archives retreat was hosted by the Southern Labor Archives in April 2014

A labor archives repository map was completed and is hosted on the LAR and Labor Archives of Washington websites. http://www2.archivists.org/groups/labor-archives-roundtable/labor-archives-roundtable-directory-labor-archives-in-the-united-states-and-canada


Ongoing projects/activities:  

Labor archives directory update [http://www2.archivists.org/groups/labor-archives-roundtable/labor-archives-roundtable-directory-labor-archives-in-the-united-states-and-canada ]

Labor archives directory repository map update [ http://www2.archivists.org/groups/labor-archives-roundtable/map-of-directory-of-labor-archives-in-the-united-states-and-canada ]

Labor archives portal.


New projects/activities:

LAR now has a regular column in the Labor Online newsletter published by the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA). Regular contributions from LAR roundtable members have been being published.


Collaborative History Pin project featuring labor history walking tours/maps from LAR members


Initiatives associated with the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan:


Questions/concerns for Council attention: