The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
New York University. Tamiment Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 10th Floor
70 Washington Square South
(West 4th between La Guardia and Greene Streets)
New York, New York
Email: [email protected]
Repository URL: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/index.html
Repository code: nnu
Repository description (extant): The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. The primary focus is the complex relationship between trade unionism and progressive politics and how this evolved over time. Archival, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it related to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change.
In 1977 the Robert F. Wagner Archives was established as a joint program of the New York City Central Labor Council and the Tamiment Library. The Wagner is the designated repository for the records of the Council's more than 200 member unions. Today the Library has an extraordinary research collection documenting the history of organized labor in New York and the workers who built the City.
Tamiment has one of the finest research collections in the country documenting the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, and the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties. It is the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and a growing Asian American labor collection. There are currently 73 oral history collections housed at Tamiment Library.
Repository type: University Special Collection
Oral history of the American left: radical histories collection
Bernard and Jewel Bellush oral history collection