Special Collections in the Library of Congress:
Business, Economic, and Labor History
The special collections listed below contain materials
of interest to researchers in a variety of disciplines, including
U.S. business and labor history. Types of materials within each
collection that may be of particular interest to the business/labor
history researcher have been noted. Other business and labor related
materials may also be located by searching the Prints and Photographs
Division online catalog,
the American Memory Collections,
and A Guide to
the Microform Collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Division of the Library of Congress.
- Alexander Graham
Bell Family Collection: Papers and Photographs of the Bell Family
Includes items relating to Bell's involvement in the
first telephone company, patent disputes and early marketing
of the telephone. Parts of the collection may be searched online.
and Interior Design for 20th Century America, 1935-1955: Photographs
by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner. Prints and Photographs
Includes images of stores, factories. and offices
primarily in the northeastern United States, and images of the
1939-1940 New York World's Fair.
- Dell Paperback
Collection Rare Book and Special Collections Division
A substantially complete set Dell paperbacks, illustrating
changes in marketing strategy and pricing over the years.
Publishing Company Collection Prints and Photographs Division
Includes photographs of industry, transportation and
buildings from the 1880's to the 1920's. Portions of the collection
may be searched online
Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920 (Selections
from the Collections of Duke University)
This American Memory online collection presents over
9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in
the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book,
Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University,
include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements,
trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude
of products. Together, they illuminate the early evolution of
this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and
culture. It should be noted that these primary historical documents
reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different
times. The Library of Congress and Duke University do not endorse
the views expressed in these collections.
- Farm Security
Administration. Office of War Information (OWI) Collection: Photographs
of American life taken by FSA photographers, 1935-42.
Prints and Photographs Division
Includes photographs relating to various US industries,
individual companies, industrial facilities and office buildings,
child labor, factory workers, migrant laborers, construction
projects, shipbuilding, and railroads. Selected images may be
searched and viewed online.
[Related OWI materials on the spread and classification of rumors, and jokes told by students and other citizens about the war effort are available in the World War II Rumor Project Collection in the American Folklife
Center. The Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division holds nearly fifty thousand acetate disc recordings of foreign and domestic radio broadcasts used in support of the war effort which were transferred to the Library of Congress by the OWI in the U. S. Office of War Information (OWI) Collection ]
- George Korson
Collection: Field recordings of the music of American coal miners,
mid-twentieth century American Folklife Center
Pennsylvania mining songs forming part of American
- Kern County Survey
Collection: Photographs of agriculture and industry in Kern County,
California, 1880's Prints and Photographs Division
Includes photographs of ranch buildings, livestock, the processing of fruit and ground crops, methods of irrigation, and antimony mining operations. Captions provide geographical, historical, and commercial information for each scene.
- National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People Collection: Noncurrent records
and photographs of the NAACP Manuscript Division
and Prints and Photographs Division
Includes material relating to the organization's concerns
with segregation and discrimination in business and labor disputes.
- National Child
Labor Committee Collection Photographs by Lewis Hine
Includes official records, correspondence, speeches,
reports, press releases, and clippings, accompanying the Lewis
Hine Photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division [see
Child Labor Committee Collection Photographs by Lewis Hine
Prints and Photographs Division
Includes approximately 5000 photographic prints and
225 glass negatives. Accompanying records, correspondence, speeches,
reports, press releases, and clippings are available through
the Manuscript Division [see above].
York World-Telegram and Sun Collection: News photographs, 1920-1960's
Prints and Photographs Division
Includes photographs relating to New York transportation,
labor problems, and housing.
Maps, 1828-1900. Geography and Map Division
Includes progress report surveys for individual lines,
official government surveys, promotional maps and route guides
by individual firms which help document the development of U.S.
industry and agriculture.
- Sanborn Fire
Insurance Map Collections: Insurance maps of U.S. cities, late
nineteenth and twentieth centuries Geography and Map
Patrons onsite at the Library of Congress may use
an online collection of
these maps created from ProQuest Information and Learning's
microfilm collection of 660,000 Sanborn Maps, which were filmed
from the Library of Congress' collection. Includes more than
660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities.
Horydczak Collection Prints and Photographs Division
Includes images of Washington DC area industries and
from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant
Worker Collection, 1940-1941 American Folklife Center
A multi-format collection documenting the lives of
migrant and displaced agricultural workers living in Farm Security
Administration camps in California.
the World in the 1890's: Photographs from the World Transportation
Commission, 1894-1896 Prints and Photographs Division
Includes images of various modes of transportation,
and city, street and harbor views from North Africa, Asia, Australia,