2015 Annual Report

Labor Archives Roundtable Annual Report - 2015

Date: 8/21/2015

Name of Section/Roundtable:Labor Archives Roundtable

Officers: Catherine Powell, Meghan Courtney—Co-Chairs

Report from annual meeting:

  • Number of attendees: 18
  • Election results: Meghan Courtney elected for term 2015-2017.
  • Summary of meeting activities:  See attachment at end of document for minutes.

 Completed projects/activities:

  • Labor Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on May 1, 2015
  • Labor Archives panel “The Challenges and Opportunities in 'New' Labor Archives: Founding Sustainable Labor Archives Programs in an Era of Austerity” at May 2015 Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) conference;
  • “Labor Archives 101” at May 2015 LAWCHA conference;
  • Labor Repository Tours and Open Houses at May LAWCHA conference;
  • SAA panel "Documenting the Fight for Equality: Class, Race, Gender, and Economic Justice Struggles through the Lens of Labor Collections" on 8/20/15. 
  • Labor Archives Directory updated and migrated into LAR SAA microsite.

 Ongoing projects/activities:

  • Ongoing LaborOnline column contributed by members of LAR. Nine articles to date by members from different institutions.
  • Continued updating of Labor Archives directory (each institution will be contacted directly and outreach to LAWCHA for additions to directory).

 New projects/activities:

  • Electronic Labor Records working group to create a statement of best practices to provide to donors.
  • Labor-themed History Pin project.

 Strategic Priority – Advocacy/Public Awareness Initiatives:

  • 2015-Letter to SAA Council expressing concern re proposed changes to Affinity groups.