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Historical Research Relating to Labor


  • Admission to American Trade Unions, by French Eugene Wolfe, Johns Hopkins Press, 1912, 181 pp. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • The American Federation of Labor: History, Policies, and Prospects, by Lewis L. Lorwin, A. M. Kelley, American Federation of Labor, 1972, 573 pp., ISBN: 0678008809.
  • American Labor and the War, by Samuel Gompers, New York: George H. Doran Co., n.d. [1918]. (Available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)
  • American Labor Union Periodicals, by Bernard G. Naas, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, 1956.
  • American Labor Unions and Politics, 1900-1918, by Marc Karson, Southern Illinois University Press, 1958.
  • American Labor Unions’ Constitutions and Proceedings (microform), compiled by Bernard G. Naas. (1836-1980 and 1981-1990), 481 microfilm reels, Princeton University Industrial Relations Library, Labor Union Convention Practices. (Some of the elevant names include: (1) Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO); 1909; (2) Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union; (3) Marble, Stone, Slate Polishers, Rubbers, and Sawyers, Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Helpers International Association; (4) Stone and Allied Products Workers of America, United; (5) United Mine Workers of America; 1890
  • American Labor Unions: What They Are and How They Work, by Florence Peterson, Harper, 1945, 338 pp.
  • An Introduction to the Study of Organized Labor in America, by George Gorham Groat, Macmillan, 1916, 494 pp., ISBN: 0659907593. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Artistry and activism: Stonecutters have made their mark in communities, workplaces,” by Randy Croce (Workday Minnesota), December 21, 2009. 

  • Ascendency of Machinery over the Power of Sinew and Muscle,” Scientific American, June 20, 1868.
  • Black Labor in America, 1865-1983: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, by Joseph Wilson, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
  • The Boycott in American Trade Unions, by Leo Wolman, Johns Hopkins Press, 1916, 148 pp. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • The British Labour Movement to 1970: A Bibliography, by Harold Smith, London: Mansell Publishing, 1981.
  • British Labour Statistics: Historical Abstract 1886-1968, Great Britain. Dept. of Employment and Productivity, 1971.
  • Bureau of Mines, United States – Publications
    • Bureau of Mines Publications and Journal Articles 1910-1996. U. S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS). (From the web site: “The United States Bureau of Mines of the Department of the Interior was established in 1910 by the Department of the Interior and abolished on March 30, 1996. NTIS maintains the entire collection of the Bureau's publications, some 5,000 documents….”)
    • Records of the Bureau of Mines (1860-1996), Guide to Federal Records, the National Archives.
    • United States Bureau of Mines Collection, United States Department of Labor, Mine, Safety, & Health Administration (MSHA), Technical Information Center and Library, National Mine Safety and Safety Academy. (From the web site: “In response to the growing number of fatalities in the mining industry, the United States Bureau of Mines (USBM) was established in 1910 to promote improved safety in mining through research and training. The Technical Information Center & Library’s USBM’s collection consists of virtually every publication produced by that agency since its beginning. The USBM provided information to the public on the minerals industry. In September, 1995, the Congress voted to abolish the USBM. The Library’s USBM collection includes the following: Bulletins, Minerals Yearbook, Reports of Investigations, Miners Circulars, Information Circulars, Technical Progress Reports, Handbooks, and Open File Reports.” Each type of publication is described on the MSHA Library web site.)
  • Canadian Economic History, by William Thomas Easterbrook and Hugh G. J. Aitken, University of Toronto Press, 1988, 606 pp., ISBN: 0802066968. (Chapter XXII: “Labour and Labour Organizations”)
  • The Canadian Worker in the Twentieth Century, Irving Abella and David Millar, eds., Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1978.
  • Chapters on Machinery and Labor, by George E. Barnett, Southern Illinois University Press, 1969, 191 pp., ISBN: 0809303973. (Chapter II. “The Stonecutters Union & the Stone Planer.”)
  • Colonial Trade of Maryland, 1689-1715, by Margaret Shove Morriss, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1914, Vol. 32. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • The Control of Strikes in American Trade Unions, by George Milton Janes, Vol. 34, Johns Hopkins Press, 1916, 131 pp. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Department of Labor Bulletin, Vol. 7-8 1905 - 1906 Mar.-Dec., by New York (State). Dept. of Labor, Michigan State, University, Agricultural, Experiment Station, 1905.
  • Documenting Labor Inside and Out, University Libraries, University at Albany.
  • Ebb and Flow in Trade Unionism, by Leo Wolman, 1976, Ayer Publishing, 251 pp., ISBN: 0405076177.
  • Encyclopedia of United States Labor and Working-Class History, ed. by Eric Arneson, 2006, 1800 pp.
  • The Fall of The House of Labor: The Workplace, The State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925, by David Montgomery, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  • The Finances of American Trade Unions, by Aaron Morton Sakolski, Johns Hopkins Press, 1906, 152 pp. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • From the Molly Maguires to the United Mine Workers; the Social Ecology of An Industrial Union, 1869-1897, by Harold W. Aurand, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1971.
  • A Government of American Trade Unions, by Theodore W. Glocker, A dissertation submitted to the Board of University Studies of The Johns Hopkins University in Conformity with the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, 1907, Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins Press, 1913. (Stone cutters and granite cutters are discussed on pp. 138-139. This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • The Granite-cutters' Journal, Westerly, R.I.: The National Union, Firestone Microforms Services. (Microfilm S01395 at Princeton University, Industrial Relations Library, Princeton, New Jersey.)
    • Granite Cutters' Journal - Uncovering Cousins: Granite Cutters' Journal (The following link is no longer available.) <http://www.uncoveringcousins.com/granitejournal.htm>

      Description: Transcriptions from the Granite Cutters’ Journal, a monthly publication of the Granite Cutters National Union. Articles include not only information on the granite industry, but also personal information on union members. Branch reports are from the U. S. and Canada, but there are often references to other countries such as Scotland and England. The Journal was first published in April 1877.

  • The Granite Cutters’ Journal, Vol. 35, by the Granite Cutters’ International Association of America, Granite Cutters’ National Union of the United States of America, 1911. (These issues of this magazine are available for reading or downloading in PDF on Google Books – Full View Books)
  • The Granite Cutters’ National Union,” in Stone, An Illustrated Magazine, October 1892
  • The Growth of American Trade Unions, 1880-1923, by Leo Wolman, New York, N.Y.: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., 1924 (3 editions), 170 pp., ISBN: 0405076150. (Chapter on “Chemical, Clay, Glass, and Stone,” pp. 57; viewable on Google Book Search.)
  • The Hardrock Miners; A History of the Mining Labor Movement in The American West, 1863-1893, by Richard E. Lingenfelter, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1974.
  • Historical Directory of Trade Unions, by Arthur Ivor Marsh, Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 1987, 3 pp., ISBN: 085967990X. (Labor Unions, Great Britain History)
  • A History of British Trade Unions Since 1889, by Hugh Armstrong Clegg, Alan Fox, A. F. Thompson, Clarendon Press, 1985, 634 pp., ISBN: 0198282982.
  • History of Labour in the United States, Vol. 2. 1860-1896, by John R. Commons, 1918.
  • History of the Labor Movement in the United States: From Colonial Times to the Founding of the American Federation of Labor, Philip S. Foner, New York: International Publishers, 1947.
  • History of United Mine Workers of America, by Chris Evans, Indianapolis (1918?-20).
  • Industrial Relations in the Building Industry, by William Haber, Ayer Publishing, 1978, ISBN: 0405029233.
  • Italian Immigrants in the Stone Workers’ Union, by Edwin Fenton (Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Institute of Technology), in Labor History, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 1962, pp. 188-207. (This article is available for a fee on the informaworld web site.)
  • Jurisdiction in American Building-Trade Unions, Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, by Nathaniel Ruggles Whitney, Ph.D., Instructor in Political Economy, Edward Augustus, Freeman, Herbert Baxter, Adams, Albert Shaw, E R L Gould, Edward Webster Bemis, Edward Ingle, John Johnson, Alexander Johnston, B James Ramage, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1914, 599 pp. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Journal of Social Science, By F B Sanborn, American Social, Science Association, Isaac Franklin Russell, Frederick Stanley Root, American Social Science Association, Leypoldt & Holt, 1909. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Labor History (Journal), a scholarly journal published by Taylor and Francis, description on Wikipedia.
  • Labor History Archives in the United States: A Guide for Researching and Teaching, by Daniel J. Leab, Philip Parker, Wayne State University Press, 1992, ISBN 0814323898.
  • Labor History Magazine, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Vol. 1 through Vol. 51, available on the informaworld web site. (Subscription and back issues are available on this web site.)
  • “Labor History Sources at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,” by Ken Fones-Wolf, in Labor History, Volume 31, Issue 1 & 2 Spring 1990, pages 31-38.
  • Labor in America, by Melvyn Dubofsky and Foster Rhea Dulles, 2004.
  • Labor in Maine: Building The Arsenal of Democracy and Resisting Reaction At Home, 1939-1952, by Charles A. Scontras. Orono: Bureau of Labor Education University of Maine, 408 pp.
  • Labor in The Twentieth Century, John T. Dunlop and Walter Galenson, eds., New York: Academic Press, 1978.
  • Labor in the USA: A History, by Ronald L. Filipelli, New York: A.A. Knopf, 1984.
  • The Labor Movement in America, By Richard Theodore Ely, T. Y. Crowell & Co., 1886, 399 pp. (This book is available for reading or downloading on the Google Book Search - Full View Books. < http://books.google.com/ >
  • Labor Problems: A Text Book, by Thomas Sewall Adams, Helen Laura Sumner, Macmillan, 1905, 579 pp. (Includes a chapter on immigrant workers.) (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Labor Problems in American Industry, by Carroll Roop Daugherty, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1936, 959 pp.
  • The Labor Problems of American Society, by Carroll Roop Daugherty, John Bishop Parrish, Houghton Mifflin, 1952, 846 pp.
  • Labor Unions, Edited by Gary M. Fink, Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1977, 520 pp. (Greenwood encyclopedia of American institutions) (Contains historical sketches of more than 200 national unions and labor federations that have been part of the American labor movement.)
  • Labor’s Story in the United States, by Philip Yale Nicholson, Temple University Press, 2004, 376 pp., ISBN: 1592132391.
  • Labour History (Journal), a scholarly journal published in Australia by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, description on Wikipedia.
  • Labour History Review (Journal), a scholarly journal published in the United Kingdom by the Society for the Study of Labour History, description on Wikipedia.
  • The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-33, by Irving Berstein, 1966.
  • The Manufacture of Concrete Blocks and Their Use in Building, by Harmon Howard Rice, William M. Torrance, The Engineering News Publishing Company, 1905, 122 pp. (Stone cutters are discussed in this book.) (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  •  “Memorializing the Civil War Dead:  Modernity and Corruption under the Grant Administration” (pdf), by Bruce S. Elliott, in Markers XXVI, Association for Gravestone Studies, 2011, pp. 15-55.  (Reprinted with permission of the Association for Gravestone Studies.) 

    This article describes the need to mass produce the Civil War headstones rather than by individual stone carvers. Contracts for the headstones and bases were given out to several different quarries and companies in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Tennessee. The need for large numbers of markers also increased the use of the sandblasting process to speed up carving the names on the stones. Both mass production the sandblasting process caused great changes in the work of the stone carvers, which led to demands by the stone workers’ unions, such as the eight-hour work day.

  • New York Labor Heritage: A Selected Bibliography of New York City Labor History, by Robert Wechsler, New York: Tamiment Institute Library, Robert F. Wagner Archives, 1981.
  • “Organized Labor in America,” by Philip Taft, in American History, Harper, 1964.
  • Profitable Trades Are Plentiful; Good Chance in Granite Work,” by C. P. M’Donald, San Francisco Call, Vol. 114, No. 36, July 6, 1913, pp. 33.
  • The Samuel Gompers Papers, by Samuel Gompers, Stuart Bruce Kaufman, Peter J. Albert, and Grace Palladinom, Contributor Samuel Gompers, University of Illinois Press, 1986, 6 pp., ISBN: 0252013506.
  • A Short History of the United States Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century, 1999.
  • Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History, by Grace Palladino, Published 2005, Cornell University PressPolitics/Current Events, 304 pp., ISBN 0801443202.
  • The Standard Rate in American Trade Unions, by David Aloysius McCabe, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1912, 243 pp.
  • The Stone Cutters’ Journal Magazine, Journeymen Stone Cutters’ Association of North America, Issued monthly at Indianapolis, Indiana.  Organized 1855.  Affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, Building Trades Department, Division Trades of Congress.  (Available in Google Books.)
  • The Stone Cutters’ Union and the Stone-Planer,” by George E. Barnett, in The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. XXIV, No. 5, May 1916, University of Chicago, Department of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, 1916, pp. 417-444. (This article is available on Google Books - Full View Books for reading or downloading in PDF format in a collection of Vol. 24, Issues No. 1-6, 1916 - Scroll down to this article.)
  • Studies in American Trade Unionism, by Jacob Harry Hollander and George Ernest Barnett, H. Holt and Company, 1906, 380 p p. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Technological Change and Workers' Movements, by Melvyn Dubofsky, Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1985.
  • Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941, by Lloyd George Reynolds and Charles C. Killingsworth, Vol. 1, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1944. (Chapter 8. Glass, Clay, Stone and Woodworking, pp. 207-226.)
  • Trade Unionism in Germany from Bismarck to Hitler, 1869-1933, by John Anthony Moses, Rowman & Littlefield, 1982, 560 pp., ISBN: 0389200727.
  • A Trial Bibliography of American Trade-Union Publications, Series XXII Nos. 1.2, Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science (Edited 1882-1901 by Herbert B. Adams) J. M. VINCENT J. H. Hollander W. W. Willoughby, Editors (A Trial Bibliography of American Trade-Union Publications Prepared By The Economic Seminary of The Johns Hopkins University, Edited By George. Barnett, PH. D., Instructor in Political Economy, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins Press, Published Monthly, January-February, 1904.
  • Union Policies and Industrial Management, by Sumner H. (Sumner Huber) Slichter, The Brookings Institution, 1941, 597 pp.
  • Unions Before the Bar: Historic Trials Showing the Evolution of Labor Rights, by Elias Lieberman, Oxford Book Co., 1960, 374 pp.
  • United We Stand: The United Mine Workers of America, 1890-1990, by Maier Bryan Fox, Washington, D.C.: United Mine Workers of America, 1990.
  • What’s What in the Labor Movement: A Dictionary of Labor Affairs and Labor Terminology, compiled by Waldo R. Browne, B. W. Huebsch, Inc., 1921. (This book is downloadable in PDF format on Google Book Search - Full View Books.)
  • Workers and the State in Twentieth Century Nova Scotia, Michael Earle, Frederiction: Acadiensis Press, 1989.

Notes on Unions:

(from The Samual Gompers Papers web site - Glossary - Individual Organizations section.)

The Granite Cutters' International Union of the United States and the British Provinces of America was formed in 1877. In 1880 it changed its name to the Granite Cutters' National Union of the United States of America and in the following year participated in the formation of the FOTLU. It joined the AFL in 1888, but left the Federation in 1890, rejoining in 1895. In 1905 it adopted the name Granite Cutters' International Association of America.

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