Labor History Organizations

Labor history is celebrated all over the U.S., and all over the world. Here are some other regional and national organizations that work to preserve the history of working people:

American Labor Museum
The American Labor Museum, in Haledon, NJ, advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout  the  world,  with  special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers.

Greater New Haven Labor History Association
This exciting organization works to preserve labor history in the New Haven, CT area, and runs archives and oral history projects to further preserve the history of working people.

Illinois Labor History Society
The new and dynamic Illinois Labor History Society website provides additional resources for teachers and researchers as well as information on Illinois and Chicago labor history tours.

The Labor and Working Class History Association is a nation-wide organization that makes available a listing of labor-related resources, including other State Labor History Associations, Museums, Conferences, and Archives.

Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
The PNLHA holds a yearly conference and puts out a calendar of significant dates in labor history each year.

Society for the Study of Labour History
The SSLH is the United Kingdom’s main organization dedicated to the study of labor history; they publish the peer-reviewed Labour History Review and actively encourage the preservation of labor history in the United Kingdom.

Wisconsin Labor History Society
The Wisconsin Labor History Society, affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of workers and unions in Wisconsin.

Eugene V. Debs Foundation
The Eugene V. Debs Foundation owns, maintains and operates the Eugene V. Debs home in Terre Haute, Indiana, on a non-profit basis, as a memorial to Mr. Debs, and to serve as an archive and resource for research and education in the social sciences and in labor and political history.

For more labor history societies and associations, see the AFL-CIO’s directory of these organizations, at