In 2003 the
U.C.Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations Library received LAUC funding to build a database of American labor graphics.This project began to survey archives, libraries, unions, and other institutions and assembled a preliminary
collection-level description of U.S. holdings in the areas of labor posters
and graphics. The scope of this project did not
include photographs or art that was not reproduced in multiples. The objective
was to help researchers and activists locate original source material and
to eventually build a national item-level on-line catalog of these resources. Unfortunately, state budget cutbacks in 2004 resulted in the layoff of project originator Lincoln Cushing, and the work remained incomplete.
Cornell University Press has recently published Agitate! Educate! Organize! - American Labor Posters by Lincoln Cushing and Tim Drescher on the role of posters in the labor movement. Many of the archives and special collections listed below are featured in this book.
If you have, or know
of, repositories (large and small) of these materials, please contact:
lcushing "at" igc.org
Graphics, Berkeley, CA
Bread and Roses cultural project,
SEIU 1199, New York, NY
and Multicultural Archives, U.C. Santa Barbara, CA
Kheel Center collection,
Cornell School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Ithaca, NY
Center for the Study of Political
Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
George Meany Memorial
Archives, Silver Spring, MD
Holt Labor Library, S.F., CA
Press, Berkeley, CA
University of Michigan
and Research Center, S.F, CA
Library of Congress (Yanker Collection) Washington D.C.
New York Public Library, NY
Collective, Minneapolis, MN
Archive, Berkeley, CA
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Library and Wagner Labor Archives, New York, NY
United Auto Workers Research Library, Detroit, MI
United Farm Workers union, CA
U.S. Department of Labor Library, Washington, D.C.
Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
of American labor graphics, in progress.
Images, top to bottom then left to right:
(untitled), linoleum print of painters strike in L.A., 1948, by Domingo Ulloa.
"Union Women Build the Future," for East Bay CLUW, by Lincoln Cushing, 1986
(untitled), Mexican miner's strike, by Rini Templeton, 1978
"Una sola union-- Vote UFW," by D. Forbes, 1977
Program cover for the Paterson Pageant, I.W.W, by Robert Edmond Jones,1913 (held Tamiment Library)
"An Injury to One is an Injury to All," poster of mural in L.A for CWA 9000, by Mike Alewitz, 1994
"Organize! Organize! Organize!," Web graphic for UE, circa 2000