May 16, 2022

Cornell Awarded Grant to Digitize Historic Collective Bargaining Agreements

From the Cornell Chronicle:

An $83,801 federal grant for digitization of more than 1,500 labor-management agreements from the 1880s to the 1980s has been awarded to the ILR School’s Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives.

“Cornerstones in American Middle Class: Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project” will digitize 84,000 pages of historic collective bargaining contracts generated in the educational and retail industries in every region of the United States. It includes agreements between groups such as the Meijer supermarket and workers in Grand Rapids, Mich.; schools and teachers in Rochester, N.Y.; and clothing merchants and retail clerks in Oakland, Calif.


The first step in the two-year project will be moving records from ILR’s Catherwood Library archives to the Cornell University Library’s Digital Consulting and Production Services. In batches, the papers will be digitized and posted periodically on DigitalCommons@ILR, Beredo said. The work will be completed in 2016.

The National Archives grant program is administered through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, an independent federal agency that preserves and shares records with the public.

See Also: Learn More About the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives

See Also: Digital Collections from Cornell’s Martin P. Catherwood Library’s (ILR School)

See Also: Catherwood Library Kheel Center

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