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Labor History Research Topics

To promote the study of the state's Labor History, LHA will identify topics from across the state that students and teachers alike can explore to learn about the lives of the state's workers on and off the job. Throughout the state, from Greenwich to Grosvenordale, from Sharon to Stonington, there were factory buildings large and small where people worked to put food on the table, roofs over their heads, and raise their families ... and sometimes clashed with owners to for living wages and benefits. 

A good place to begin your research is the websiter "Historic Mills of Connecticut." https://connecticutmills.org/. This comprehensive index of Connecticut mills can help you identify subjects for research.

Greater New Haven Labor History Association Collection

Located at the UConn Library.


Our Records Include:

Artifacts, photographs, documents and oral histories.  From 2001-2006, we inventoried the records of 26 union locals
and individuals:
• AFSCME Local 1939
• Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Local 125/International Ladies Garment Workers of America Local 151
• Amalgamated Transit Union Local 281
• American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
• Boilermakers Local 237
• Branch 19, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
• Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (4C’s)Hamden Professional Firefighters Local 2687
• International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 424
• The John Thomas Kilbride Apprenticeship Papers
• The Mary Doherty Johnson Papers
• New Haven Federation of Teachers Local 933
• New Haven People’s Center
• New Haven Typographical Union No. 47
• Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153
• Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union 40
• United Association of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 676
• United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Local 243
• United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America,Local 299
• United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 12

Article: Why Teach Labor History - By James Green


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