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Civil rights exhibit at the Convention of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Civil Rights Department Records, 1936-2000

Advancing Workers’ Rights in the American South

A collaboration between Georgia State University (GSU) and the University of Maryland (UMD), “Advancing Workers’ Rights in the American South: Digitizing the Records of the AFL-CIO’s Civil Rights Division” makes accessible a robust array of records from the collections of GSU and UMD, records providing insight into the intersection of civil rights and labor movements nationally and in the South. The records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and more documenting AFL-CIO work between 1943 and 1999. Explore the links below to discover Advancing Workers Rights in the American South materials across UMD and GSU’s digital repositories.

Digitization for this project was supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.

Screenshot of a telegram from UMD’s Digital Collections repository.

Digitized Materials

Browse and search across UMD’s collection of digitized materials from the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Division.

Explore Documents and Images
Still from the film “Desegregation without turmoil” in UMD’s Audiovisual Collections repository.

Labor Films

Discover audiovisual materials on labor unions and civil rights history.

Explore Audiovisual Collections
"Fighting for Freedom: Labor and Civil Rights in the American South" exhibition logo

Fighting for Freedom

Explore this digital exhibition featuring AFL-CIO records from the collections of GSU and UMD.

Visit the Exhibition
Photograph of an individual instructing at AFL-CIO headquarters, photograph by Mel Chamowitz.

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Find out more about UMD’s Labor and Social Justice collections.

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