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Wirtz Labor Library
The U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave. NW, N-2445
Washington, DC 20210

Jean Bowers, Library Director
(202) 693-6610

Fax: (202) 693-6642

Main Library Reference
(202) 693-6600

Law Library Reference
(202) 693-6613

Interlibrary Loan
(202) 693-6628

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

Features of the Main Collection

  • 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 present.
  • 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, 1918-present.
  • Partial federal depository library for Government Printing Office materials.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1883- to present.
  • Extensive publication collection of Bureau of Labor Statistics and International 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 unions.
  • Large collection of foreign labor statistics.
  • Departmental publications such as Producer Price Index, Consumer Price Index and Occupational Outlook Quarterly.
  • Official portraits of United State Department of Labor Secretaries.
  • Annual reports of the Secretary of Labor (1913-present).
  • International Labour Organization publications 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.

Features of the Law Library

Features of the Microform Collection

  • Over 9500 reels of microfilm.
  • Code of Federal Regulations from their original publication in 1939 to 1985.
  • Federal Registers from their original publication in 1936 to 1993.
  • Congressional 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 fifty states.
  • 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 Eastern

Features of the Taylor Room Collection

  • 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 1825-1930.
  • Additional historic holdings are housed in the George Meany Memorial Archives through an agreement between the Archives and the Department of Labor.

Features of the Folio Collection

  • Over 850 titles of historical old and significance of labor-related oversize newspapers.
  • 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 early 1890's.
  • Wide variety of items including newspapers, periodicals and statistical summaries which described the labor movement in the country & abroad.
  • 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.

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