Ten skillfully written chapters address issues of perennial concern to labor archivists: building relationships with the unions, developing collecting policies that support current labor history scholarship, adapting appraisal theory to the unique challenges of labor union archives, and arranging and decsribing collections so that finding aids speak to both academic and union audiences.
In the tradition of Debra E. Barnhardt's classic text on the subject, this new volume highlights recent transformations in the labor archives world, such as changes in recordkeeping practices, the imapct of union mergers and the consolidation movement on archival collections, the growing importance of media collections, and electronic records and union websites. Also included in the volume are an extensive bibliography and a directory of labor archives in the United States.
How to Keep Union Records illustrates how basic archival theory and best practice methodologies can be applied to the challenges presented by labor collections. Archivists in collecting repositories and union records administrators will greatly benefit from this up-to-date collection of essays by leaders in the field.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...
"[How to Keep Union Records] offers a concise overview to the archival profession and insightful suggestions that will be useful to new archivists as well as any institution dealing with organizational records produced by a defined constituency."
--CATHERINE POWELL, San Francisco State University, Journal of Archival Organization, May 2011
"[A] useful and interesting book...[How to Keep Union Records] provides--at a reasonable price--a basic primer to guide librarians, historians and others who want to know what we archivists are talking about."
--SIGRID McCAUSLAND, Charles Sturt University, Archives and Manuscripts, May 2011