Wirtz Labor Library
The U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave. NW, N-2445
Washington, DC 20210
Jean Bowers, Library Director
Fax: (202) 693-6642
Main Library Reference
Law Library Reference
Materials in the Card Catalog:
Total monographs: 150,000
Total serial records: 26,000
Total other media: 5,000
Total records in the Card Catalog: 181,000
Materials in the Online Catalog:
Total monographs: 42,600
Total serials: 9,322
Total other formats: 56
Total electronic access: 250
Total titles in Online catalog: 96,824
- Over 38,000 cataloged titles, of publications related to labor
movement, labor supply, child labor, women employment, wages and hours in
industries, industrial health and safety, safety standards.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics bulletins and reports since 1895 to
- Women's Bureau Bulletins since
1918 to present.
- Current subscriptions to over 250 print journals.
- Historical journal collection including such titles as American
Economic Review, 1911- present and Monthly Labor Review,
depository library for Government Printing Office materials.
Abstract of the United States, 1883- to present.
- Extensive publication collection of Bureau of Labor Statistics and
Labor Organization materials.
- Historic collection of state government documents and reports
relating to labor conditions.
- Over 3,000 periodicals and newspapers of American and foreign trade
- Large collection of foreign labor statistics.
- Departmental publications such as Producer Price Index, Consumer Price Index and Occupational Outlook
- Official portraits of United State Department of
reports of the Secretary of Labor (1913-present).
- International Labour Organization
and conference reports (1919-present).
- Labor Hall of Fame
Inductees Video Collections (1989-present).
- Wholesale Price Index (WPI)which became the
Producer Price Index in 1978
published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be traced back to 1890.
- Statistical collection of labor and economic periodicals published by
United States government agencies and foreign government agencies.
- Over 30,000 volumes of legal materials are in the collection related
to federal labor laws including related fields such as immigration, bankruptcy
and trust law.
- Over 125 different titles in the collection of administrative
decisions by various labor organizations both inside and outside the
DOL,usually referred to by acronym. Some in this collection include
- Congressional Information Services complete Congressional
publications, which includes committee prints, hearings, reports and executive
documents from 1984 to present.
- Legislative histories relating to the
area of labor including the
Black Lung Benefits
Act (BLBA), the Longshore and Harbor
Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), the
Fair Labor Standards
Act (FLSA), and the
Income Security Act (ERISA).
- Bound set of the
Register (August 1977 to present).
- Over 9500 reels of microfilm.
of Federal Regulations from their original publication in 1939 to 1985.
Registers from their original publication in 1936 to 1993.
Globe and Congressional
Record from 1873 to 1985.
- Statutes at Large from 1789 to 1953.
- Historic U.S. & foreign labor periodicals and newspapers from all
- Collections of manuscripts from prominent labor leaders such as
Terence Powderly, The Kester
Collection, John Mitchell, Eugene
Debbs & Samuel Gompers.
- The Sears Christmas Catalog, often used as a barometer of the
economy, starting in 1888.
- Regional Reporters 1st Series: Atlantic, North Western, & South
- Constitution and by-laws of the American trade unions publications
from 1800's to 1950's.
- Various labor publications of Women's Bureau; Transportation
industries; Steel and automobile industries; Mining industries.
- Annual reports of different state labor statistics from 1800-1930.
- State government statistical abstracts from 1900-1930.
- State censuses from 1800's to 1930's.
- Factories and Inspections reports from various countries from
- Additional historic holdings are housed in the George Meany Memorial
Archives through an agreement between the Archives and the Department of Labor.
- Over 850 titles of historical old and significance of labor-related
- Over 240 original OCLC records.
- Over 2500 items in this special collection, primarily of trade union
serials, both domestics & foreign which date back, in some cases to the
- Wide variety of items including newspapers, periodicals and
statistical summaries which described the labor movement in the country &
- Due to the fragile condition and importance of the material in this
collection, it is housed separately from the Main Library and is available to
researchers by appointment only.