Afl Cio Observation

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arbara Percival
In Preparation of an AFL-CIO Exhibit This past semester, I conducted my field study within the setting of an academic library working with the university archivists at the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland (UMD). Due to unforeseen circumstances, my field study had to be cobbled together rather quickly and therefore consists of a patchwork. For example, there have been two projects in my field study with two different supervisors in two different departments. Together these projects were generally in the vein of records management and description. However, time has not been split evenly between them. My main field study project was working with Benjamin Scott Blake, the head labor archivist, on the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) records. The AFL-CIO is the largest federation of unions in the United States. It represents fifty-six unions, both American and international, working together as a national trades union center. Together the unions represent more than 12 million active and retired workers. The AFL–CIO engages in substantial political activism. The 55,000 volume AFL-CIO collection was bequeathed to the University of Maryland in 2014. Records include manuscripts, pamphlets, correspondence, and photographs, as well as artifacts
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