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Preserving labor’s history... 
Our organization is comprised of individuals throughout Rhode Island who dedicate their time and energy to preserving Rhode Island’s labor history and providing resources to the public to educate Rhode Islanders on their working class history. 

In 1982, we established a labor archives at one of the oldest repositories in the nation at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Library.  The Library and Archives are located at 121 Hope Street in Providence.  

A number of our members, scholars and history buffs, have written books and essays on a variety of labor topics, both national and local.  Please visit our Publications page.

On our pages you will find a time line of labor’s history, with a special emphasis on Rhode Island’s labor history and links to photos, articles, and other resources.  

The Rhode Island Labor History Society awards the scholarship of Rhode Island’s students who present labor-oriented projects on National History Day.

The best place to start, of course, is at the beginning where you will find our menu.  There you will find additional sub-menus to assist you in locating archived information.  Of course, you are certainly free to wander.

This site is intended to be a resource to those who share a love of Labor History.  Academics, Unionists, Historians...the site is for you.  To that end, our menu is designed for the easiest access.  But, like Labor History, this website is always a work in progress.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email the webmaster.

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