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LAW contains records from individuals and organizations that document the local, national and international dimensions of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest.
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The Labor Archives of Washington (LAW) was founded to preserve the records of working people and their unions and to serve as a center for historical research, ensuring that new generations have access to the rich labor history of the region. For more information about LAW visit the website.

Port of Seattle photo. Ronald E. Magden Collection.

The Labor Archives contains more than 200 separate collections of labor related materials from individuals and organizations documenting the local, national and international dimensions of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest. 
    • Union Collections -  Many unions have made the Labor Archives the official repository for their historical records -- minutes, office correspondence, membership files, publications and contracts.
    • Personal Papers -  Labor leaders, attorneys, arbitrators, and rank-and-file workers, and labor rights supporters have donated their personal papers.
    • Organization Records -  Records from organizations that supported organized labor, worker's rights, and civil rights and also records from labor critics and opponents. Also included are records of employers, some of which were the collective bargaining partners--and sometimes opponents--of unions.
    • Primary Reference Tools - Selected resources and research tips for labor history researchers and those interested in ethnic, social, local, political, and women's history.




Donating Items to the Labor Archives

Our current collecting focus is labor organizations, labor union members and officers, and workers in the Pacific Northwest. Organizational donors may have a statewide, regional, or even a national mission, but usually have a strong tie with the local area as well.

Consult Conor Casey (206/685.3976 or for donating labor-related organizational records or personal papers.

Related Links and Guides

  • Labor Archives of Washington Digital Collections
    A selection of digitized items drawn from the Labor Archives of Washington Collections and UW Libraries Special Collections including records documenting the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, Filipino and Asian American cannery unionism, labor espionage and spies, labor and the New Deal, the Everett Massacre and Centralia Tragedy, and WTO protests Seattle.
  • Industries and Occupations Digital Collections
    A selection of digitized items drawn from the UW Libraries Special Collections including photographs from the fishing, timber and railroad industries.
  • History: Labor Subject Guide
    Links to the most useful databases and electronic and print resources for researching the history of labor with an emphasis on American labor history.
  • Labor Archives of Washington website
    A collaborative project between the University of Washington Libraries and The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Labor Archives of Washington State (LAWS) serves as a center for research on the rich labor history of the region.
  • Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
    The Center promotes the study of labor through research, teaching and community outreach.
  • Washington Women's History Consortium
    Important women’s history collections from the Washington State Historical Society, Western Washington University, the University of Washington, Washington State University and The Evergreen State College.

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Conor M. Casey, Labor Archivist
Labor Archives of Washington | Libraries Special Collections
Mail: Box 352900, Seattle, WA 98133-2900
Allen Library South, Basement/B81D
206.685.3976 fax 206.543.1931
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