"Whose History?--Labor History at the Lilly Library"

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

To register: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdOqqqD8qHNwF1wJUXmy-8GlLLa2p7Vo7


Over the past year, the Lilly Library has hosted a series of conversations discussing strategies for teaching with primary sources in ways which highlight voices and stories that have often been suppressed and obscured in the historical record. This series, titled “Whose History?” also addresses the silences and shortcomings of our library and the challenges and complexities of building and stewarding diverse and distinctive collections. 

Join us for the next entry in this series, focusing on labor movements and labor history. The Lilly Library has always had strong holdings in this field. We are especially strong in labor movements in Indiana, with the papers of Indiana socialist and labor activist Eugene V. Debs, trade union organizer Powers Hapgood and his wife (also an activist), Mary Donovan Hapgood, and others. In this session, we will explore these Indiana collections as well as a much broader scope of labor movements, including the collections of Upton Sinclair, Max Eastman, recently acquired material related to Black labor activism in the mid-20th century, and a new collection of radical American fiction.

Librarians Ursula Romero, Isabel Planton, Maureen Maryanski, Rebecca Baumann, and Sarah McElroy Mitchell will show items from the collection and discuss ways that this material can be used in the classroom. We especially encourage faculty, graduate students, and instructors both within and outside of IU to attend and learn about how we can share these stories with students and the community.