Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flickr and YouTube Host The Julia L. Maietta and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Collection

This Flickr exhibit highlights Julia L. Maietta's life and career as a labor and political activist and also documents many social and political issues confronting the American workforce from the late 1930s to the late 1970s. The images selected have been drawn from several archival and personal paper collections within the Historical Collections and Labor Archives, most notably the Julia Maietta Papers and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, Joint Board of Pennsylvania collection. The source is listed for each displayed image. The digital exhibition represented here focuses on the central theme of Maietta and her lifetime devotion to aiding working people. Items on display include groups of letters, cartoons, pamphlets, workers' complaint forms, union meeting minutes and historical photographic images. Collectively, these aid our understanding of how the labor movement shaped the lives of working women and their families from the 1930s to the 1970s. Julia Maietta's remarkable story of rise from factory girl to labor representative can now be shared with those willing to view and listen.

This online exhibition was created by Amanda Masullo, Archival Assistant, Historical Collections and Labor Archives and Jim Quigel, Head of Historical Collections and Labor Archives.

For the Julia L. Maietta Oral History and Campaign Advertisements click here for the Penn State Historical Collections and Labor Archives YouTube playlist.

YouTube editor: T. Babcock.
Metadata editor: G. Johns.

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