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Work in America - Archive Sources

locating primary and secondary sources about the history of work, with an emphasis on St. Louis area history

Contact Info

contact special collections

Archive, Manuscript & Rare Book collections are accessed in Olin Library at the Special Collections reading room.

HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 by appointment

LOCATION:  Olin Library, 1st floor, Danforth Campus


*collections stored offsite require advance notice for retrieval and use

Questions about a specific topic? Contact:

University Archives: Sonya Rooney

Rare Books: Cassie Brand

Manuscript: Joel Minor 

Local History: Miranda Rectenwald

Dowd Illustration Research Archive: interim curator

Film & Media Archive: Andy Uhrich

Subject Librarian

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Michael Schaefer
Washington University in St. Louis
John M. Olin Library
Research Center, 1st floor, Room 128
p. 314-935-7365

Finding Aids by Subject

This guide contains an overview of archive collections in the WU Libraries Department of Special Collections that include primary sources broadly related to to the topic of "Work in American History." Topics include the slave system, housework, farm labor, factory work, labor laws, organized labor, and issues of race and gender, among other topics.

Access collections at Special Collections, Olin Library 1st floor.  Click each title for more information:

Online Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

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