Exhibit features

September 16, 2008

"Union Made — Labor's Material Culture," an exhibit, features selections of labor union iconography and material culture from the archival holdings of the Historical Collections and Labor Archives, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, Penn State University Libraries. Poster art, original graphic illustrations, labor editorial cartoons, union buttons, convention delegate badges, documentary photography, labor song books and record album jackets, and organizational and strike handbills give a rich history of the experiences and aspirations of the rank and file of labor unions and America's working class. Themes of struggle, solidarity, collective action, pride in workmanship and productivity, and the social fabric of the local union hall and labor community are evident in this rich tapestry of union generated material culture.

The exhibit is on display Sept. 19 through Jan. 5, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday to 5 p.m. Special game day hours on Saturday, Sept. 27 will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (814) 865-1793.

Special thanks to Patty and Michael Kirschner for funding the purchase of the exhibit cases in the Special Collections Library.

  • From the United Steel Workers Collection

    IMAGE: Penn State Historical Collections and Labor Archives

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