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Special Collections: Featured Labor Collections

Historical Collections and Labor Archives (HCLA) is a collecting unit within the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. HCLA collects primary sources documenting the history of Pennsylvania and U.S. industrial society.

United Steelworkers of America records

photo of United Steelworkers of America on strike

Steelworkers' Universal strike, Tampa, Florida. United Steelworkers of America, District 36 records, 1931-1948, Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

This body of materials documents the internal and external activities of every hierarchical level of the USWA organization. The main components of the archive are the records from the International Executive Board, elected officials, staff departments, and district and local union offices. In addition to several thousand cubic feet of files, the USWA Archive contains newsletters, publications, posters, photographs, sound recordings, and film. Complementing the Steelworker's official records are the nearly two hundred oral histories of former union officers, staff members, and rank and file activists; numerous manuscript collections documenting the activities of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, predecessor of the USWA; and the records of several unions that preceded or merged with the USWA.