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Labor archival collections

Archives & Special Collections at the UAA/APU Consortium Library contains many collections of archival material relating to the history of labor in Alaska. Follow the links below for full descriptions of these collections.

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Labor collections

Follow the links to guides to archival collections at Archives & Special Collections that relate to labor relations. This is not a complete list. You can keyword search all of our collection descriptions and inventories by using the search box available on each of the pages below.  Note: many legislator's papers have materials about Alaska laws regarding labor issues. Collections related to legislators and politiciansare listed in the research guide to Alaska State Legislators and legislation

Alaska Health Project records; 1979-1994. HMC-0419. Records of a private, non-profit organization founded to address issues of hazardous materials in the workplace and in the community.

Alaska State AFL-CIO records; 1943-1989. HMC-0029. Included are the constitution, annual and biennial meeting records, executive council minutes, papers and correspondence files, subject files, and historical files.

Ferrall W. Campbell papers; 1953-1963. HMC-0364. Papers relating to labor organizations in Alaska.

Russell Dow papers; 1917-1992. HMC-0396. Series six includes labor union documents and employment records.

Walter J. Hickel papers; 1950-2010. HMC-0660. Walter Hickel served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, was a two-time Alaska Governor, and businessman who was very involved in northern regions public policy development. The collection consists of records documenting Wally Hickel’s career. The collection also includes files relating to Coal mine health and safety hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor, as well Hickel's speeches on the subject of labor.

Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union. Local 878 records; 1942-1997. HMC-1335. Records of a labor union in Anchorage, Alaska.

Joe Josephson papers; 1983-1988. HMC-0409. Papers of an Alaska Senate member which include materials related to labor matters.

Lorena Showers papers; 1939-2000. HMC-0221. Papers of HERE union and senior citizen issues activist.

Lowell Thomas Jr. papers; 1953-1990. HMC-1258. Lowell Thomas Jr. was an Alaska State Senator and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. This collection includes a subject file Thomas kept on labor unions, as well as Labor Committee files, which include the Plumbers Code bill, Operating Engineers Local 302 discrimination, petitions, grievances, and information, and Special Senate Labor Committee.

Ephemera collections:

Alaska "Cope" Reporter; 1963-1969. EPH-0442

Alaska Federationist; 1947-1948, 1953-1954. EPH-0443

Alaska Labor Log newletters; 1970-1971. EPH-0438

Alaska Labor News; 1956-1961. EPH-0441

Laundry and dry cleaning union documents; 1958-1969. EPH-0091

Local 878 Review newsletter; 1964-1983. EPH-0439

Views and News, Up to Date with 878 newsletter; 1977, 1979. EPH-0440


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