University of Texas at Arlington

Walking the Line: The Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas

"Union Shop" sign

Walking the Line: The Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington Labor Archives, housed in Special Collections, contain archival material from hundreds of union locals and labor councils, statewide labor organizations, union political groups, district and regional offices of international unions, and legal firms specializing in labor law, as well as the personal papers of union officials.  Collections range in date from 1870 to the present.  Augmenting the archival collections are oral history interviews with more than 200 men and women union leaders or labor activists.

The exhibit, “Walking the Line: the Diverse History of Organized Labor in Texas,” will be on display March 24, 2017 – December 29, 2017 in Special Collections.  The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of Special Collections, which began with the Texas Labor & Political Archives.  Dr. George Green curated the labor materials including pictures, minute books, letters, badges, posters, a few cartoon sketches, garments, and one mechanical device that exploded in a factory. 

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Exhibit Dates: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 to Friday, December 29, 2017
Exhibit Curators: 
Dr. George Green, retired professor of history
Betty Shankle, university and labor archivist
Contact: 
Betty Shankle