For All Workers
For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010 opened on May 17th and is inspired by J.W. Jackson’s generous donations of labor archives records and personal papers.
In the 1960s, J.W. Jackson began compiling and cataloging multiple boxes of labor records stored in the basement of the Wichita Falls Labor Temple; in the 1980s, when he retired, his purchase of the Carpenters Local 977 union hall prevented the destruction of all of these historic records. This collection was donated to the university in 2009, culminating a 40-year effort to acquire these materials. The records of the numerous Wichita Falls labor unions, as well as J.W. Jackson’s personal papers, provide a window into the impact of labor in a small Texas town.
This exhibit, which highlights records and papers from J.W. Jackson’s donation, also includes treasures from the Texas Labor Archives. Labor union signage, photos, letters, membership materials, posters, and strike signs are just some of the highlights that can be seen in the exhibit.
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