The Greater New Haven Labor History Association’s mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of working people in the New Haven, Connecticut, area. For years they gathered the historical records of labor unions that served New Haven businesses, conducted oral history interviews, and constructed traveling exhibits to disseminate this history. Recently they’ve had to close their office and offered to Archives & Special Collections the labor history records they have collected through the years. Working with their archivist Joan Cavanagh we’ve received many records in batches in the last several months, with more to come.
Collections we have received so far include those of the following labor unions:
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Local 125/International Ladies Garment Workers Union Local 151
Typographical Union of New Haven
American Association of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1939
New Haven Council for Unemployed Workers
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Local 299
and the papers of local labor activists Nicholas Aiello, Dorothy Johnson, Joseph M. Rourke, and David Montgomery.
You can find out more information on the materials in the collections through the finding aid.