This section presents research on the Department's history plus a
selection of historical source materials. The Historical Office produced all of
the items found under Articles, Monographs and Conference
Papers. Under the Documents heading are
primary and secondary historical source materials produced elsewhere in the
Department. A Department of Labor Bibliography lists
selected publications from both governmental and private publishers.
These pieces originally
appeared in the Monthly Labor Review, published by the Bureau of Labor
The Coal Strike of
Black Studies in
the Department of Labor, 1897-1907.
The Origin of the
Department of Labor.
Fair Labor Standards Act
The Job Safety Law of
unpublished works produced by Historical Office staff.
MDTA: The Origins of the Manpower
Development and Training Act of 1962.
Government Regulation of Workers'
Safety and Health, 1877-1917.
The Occupational Safety and Health
Change at the Department
of Labor during the Truman Administration.
Tragedy in the Uranium
The Federal Government
and Negro Workers under President Woodrow Wilson.
The American Worker.
published as a lavishly illustrated book by the Department of Labor in 1976, in
observance of the National Bicentennial. Edited by Professor Richard B. Morris
of Columbia University, the core of the book consisted of seven specially
commissioned sections by distinguished labor historians. These sections are
reproduced in their entirety, along with selected materials from the appendix.
Not included are the picture essays and portfolios of readings.
Overview of the Nixon/Ford Administration
at the Department of Labor, 1969-1977.
This summary of the Department's
activities was attached to an extensive documentary narrative prepared by
departmental staff at the end of the Administration of President Gerald R.
Ford. The Historical Office maintains the complete narrative history in its
The Labor Department in the Carter
Administration: A Summary Report.
Similarly, this report was part of a
larger documentary narrative on the Administration of President Jimmy Carter,
1977-1981. The Historical Office maintains that narrative also.
"The Moynihan Report": The Negro Family,
the Case for National Action.
This historic and controversial report
was prepared in 1965 by the Department's Office of Policy Planning and Review.
The principal author was Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
who later served as a United States Senator from New York.
Department of Labor Bibliography
This list, divided into categories below, focuses on major books and academic
dissertations and does not attempt to be comprehensive. Some items are listed
under more than one category. A recommended source for additional titles is the
Department's Wirtz Labor Library.
By Secretaries of