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Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society survey papers, 1979-1980.
Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 438-439  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Corporate Author : Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society.
Title : Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society survey papers, 1979-1980.
Physical Description : 1 linear foot.
Summary :

The Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society survey project sought to create a comprehensive listing of all Vermont's labor-related materials - books, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories, scrap books, maps, broadsides, court documents, union and state records, photographs and films, artifacts and equipment, and more - in all Vermont repositories, including public libraries, college libraries, historical town clerks' offices, museums, churches, private collections, and others. The state was carved into four research areas for this purpose: (1) The Bailey Library and Guy Bailey Labor History Collection at the University of Vermont, and (2) the Northwest portion of the state, both covered by researchers Fran Langworthy and Diane Cohen; (3) the Northeast region of the state, assigned to Tom Mulholland; and (4) the Southern portion, researched by John Kochalka.

The collection consists of a portion of the materials gathered in two of these four regions, the Bailey Library and the Northwest regions, during the information-gathering phase of the project. It is not known exactly what percentage of the total survey material is contained in this collection. Of the part represented here, roughly two-thirds consists of the raw data gathered by the researchers on survey intake forms. The balance of the collection is made up of preparatory research, background information, research notes, printed materials, news clippings and correspondence

The survey sheets record the particulars of the holdings found in each repository, giving title, author, dates, location, publisher, description of material found, repository, etc. The collection's folders are organized here, as found, by repository. Also included is a set of index cards which cross-reference the survey sheets by topic. The Bailey Library holdings are arranged into several sub-groups. The collection also contains survey sheets for repositories in thirty-five Vermont towns in the northwestern tier of the state (in Franklin, Orleans, Lamoille, Chittenden, Washington and Addison counties). These are arranged alphabetically by town, Isle LaMotte through Woodbury.

The collection includes the research phase from the initial training period, begun in or before March 1979, through February 1980. By the summer of 1979, the four original researchers had reportedly covered 50% of the targeted repositories, and recorded 500 references to local labor history. The folder entitled "Leads to Follow Up" suggests the research phase was never fully completed. The collection contains two primary source documents: excerpts from Douglas family diaries (1865-1906) from Shoreham, Vermont, and notes on an interview with 88 year-old John O'Brien who, as a child, worked in the Winooski woolen mills.

Location of originals : Original diaries Shoreham Historical Society; P.O. Box 204, Shoreham, VT 05770
Biographical or historical data :

The Vermont-New Hampshire Labor History Society was founded in the 1970s by Bill Kemsley, Ben Collins, and others. In 1982 Vermont and New Hampshire split from each other, resulting in the Vermont Labor History Society. The society's objectives were to reveal how working people contributed to life in a democratic society, to direct labor-related materials to the proper repositories for preservation, and to make these materials available to educators and students. The Society exists as of this writing, but in a less active form since the 2005 death of Richard Hathaway of Montpelier, one of its most ardent supporters.

In 1979 the V-NHLHS undertook an ambitious project to survey every repository in Vermont to identify all labor-related materials and publish a bibliography of its findings. The Society obtained funding under CETA (the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973), through Vermont CETA and the Champlain Valley Work and Training Program, to pay four researchers for seven months to conduct this survey. Additional funding would be needed to complete the project's latter phases, including a survey of Vermont newspapers, the publication of the bibliography, and the collection of labor-related oral histories. The project's director was Gregory Bolosky, then secretary/ treasurer of the V-NHLHS. An advisory board consisted of prominent Vermont librarians and educators. It is doubtful that the survey project was ever brought to completion, because additional funding for it was still being sought in 1982, and no bibliography was ever published.

Personal Subject : Douglas family.
O'Brien, John E., 1892-1984.
Corporate Subject : American Woolen Company.
Subject Term : Labor Vermont Archival resources.
Archival surveys Vermont.
Women Vermont Shoreham Diaries.
Textile industry Vermont Winooski.
Geographic Term : Vermont History.
Shoreham (Vt.) Archival resources.
Winooski (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Surveys documents
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