The Illinois Labor History Society Collection

Descriptive Summary

The Illinois Labor History Society Collection
Illinois Labor History Society
100.0 Linear feet

Acknowledgements and Access

This collection was part of the BMRC Survey Initiative, 2009-2011. For current information about the collection and its status, please contact the Illinois Labor History Society. Phone: 312-341-2247 Email:

Historical note

The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M. Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations. The ILHS supports the preservation of Illinois labor history and works to share this history with researchers, students and the general public through its website, archival collections and labor history tours. THe ILHS holds the title for the Haymarket Monument in Forest Park, IL and was central to the development of the new Haymarket monument in downtown Chicago. It's Union Hall of Honor Dinner honors men and women who have made important contributions to the state's labor movement. The purpose of the Illinois Labor History Society is to promote and encourage the preservation and study of labor history of the Illinois Region, to arouse interest in the profound significance of the past to the present, and through these activities to support the growth of a vital labor movement.

Scope and Contents note

The collections at the ILHS document various labor unions in Illinois but mostly document the existence of the United Packing House Workers union.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 April 12 by Lauren Kalal and Bergis Jules.

Related Archival Materials note

Outside of this repository: William B. Lloyd Jr. Papers - Northwestern University - Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, United Packing House Workers Papers - Wisconsin Historical Society, Illinois Labor History Society Records - Chicago History Museum, Charles Hayes Papers - Chicago Public Library - Carter G. Woodson Regional Library.

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