The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive at the University of Maryland
In conjunction with The Clarice’s presentation of the Mexican Revolution, a program featuring the film masterpiece Redes (1936) and an accompanying live performance by the PostClassical Ensemble of Silvestre Revueltas’s symphonic film score, the University of Maryland Libraries are proud to feature posters and selected items from the archives of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO). Redes is a film that focuses on labor issues and explores themes of human rights, social justice, and cultural expression. It will be featured as part of the AFL-CIO’s 14th annual DC Labor FilmFest in May, 2014.

Founded in 1955, the AFL-CIO unites 56 labor unions and represents 12.5 million working men and women in the United States. From mine workers and machinists to mail handlers and musicians, the AFL-CIO works to ensure that all people receive fair wages, benefits, safe working conditions, and fair treatment. The goal of the organization is to give workers a voice on Capitol Hill and in the financial system and to secure social and economic fairness at home and around the globe.

In the summer of 2013, the AFL-CIO and affiliated labor union organizations donated the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, which contains historical documents and materials, to the University of Maryland; a selection of items from this collection will be on display in the lobby of The Clarice May 4-11, 2014. This donation from the AFL-CIO consists of approximately 40 million documents and other materials that will help researchers to better understand pivotal social movements in this country, including those to gain rights for women, children and minorities. The George Meany Memorial Archive complements other labor-related collections held by UMD and is the largest single donation ever made to the University Libraries.

Displayed here are reproductions of five historic posters from the Graphics Collection in the AFL-CIO Archive, which includes over 500 posters, broadsides, and art from 1900 to the present. The posters date from the late 1930s to the early 1940s and are approximately contemporary with the making of Redes, and like the film they make a strong case for organized resistance and political reform. The archive is housed in Hornbake Library and is open to the public. For more information about Redes, the PostClassical Ensemble, and the AFL-CIO Archive at UMD, visit us on the web:

Event page for Post Classical Ensemble: Mexican Revolution at The Clarice, Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30pm

The George Meany Memorial
AFL-CIO Archive at the UMD Special Collections and University Archives
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