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6 labor history collections ready for research at ASU

October 01, 2013

The Labor Rights Are Civil Rights Project at the Arizona State University Libraries announced that six archival collections documenting efforts to organize, represent and support mining and agricultural laborers from 1894 to 2001 are now available for research.

The two-year project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation resulted in the production of twelve online guides to the collections presented in English and Spanish in the Arizona Archives Online database.

The collections include the Alianza Hispano Americana Records, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Records, Maricopa County Organizing Project Records, the Service, Employment and Redevelopment Project Records, the United Steel Workers Association Local 616 Records and the Arizona AFL-CIO Records.

The collections, comprising over 700 linear feet, are part of the Chicano/a Research Collection and the Arizona Collection at the ASU Libraries.

“We’re very proud of our accomplishments and especially the excellent team we assembled for this project, including project archivist Xaviera Flores and consultant Dr. Christine Marín,” said Robert Spindler, project director. “Our work positions us to be better service providers for Spanish-speaking researchers, more effective participants in a global information marketplace and a more attractive employer for those scholars, archivists and librarians interested in Mexican-American history and cultural diversity.”

For additional information, contact or Robert Spindler at