News from University of Maryland

University of Maryland new home for AFL-CIO Archive

The University of Maryland is excited to share that the AFL-CIO Archive has recently been donated to us by the AFL-CIO. Formerly housed at the George Meany Memorial Archive (est. 1981) on the campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD, the entire library and archive constitute over 20,000 linear feet and are valued at $25 million. This is the largest donation to the University of Maryland Libraries ever, expanding our special collection holdings by one-third.

In Spring 2013 move preparations began, and archive and library holdings were closed to researchers beginning July 1. The move took place during the summer over the course of 27 business days (mid-July to mid-September). Approximately 3,000 linear feet was moved to Hornbake Library; 4,000 linear feet was moved to McKeldin Library; and 14,960 boxes of unprocessed records were moved to offsite storage.

The University of Maryland held a celebratory ceremony at Hornbake Library on October 1, 2013 with AFL-CIO and National Labor College officials, and re-opened the majority of the processed collections to the research community. Here is more information about the  October 1st event, and the AFL-CIO Archive.

The University of Maryland expects the full transition of the archive to be completed over the course of the next year, including steps for staffing and online access.

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