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Workplace agreements to be digitized

An $83,801 federal grant for digitization of more than 1,500 labor-management agreements from the 1880s to the 1980s has been awarded to the Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives.

"Cornerstones in American Middle Class: Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project" will digitize 84,000 pages of historic collective bargaining contracts generated in the educational and retail industries.

The project will result in "unprecedented access and opportunity for historians, social scientists and the general public to analyze the terms at the center of historic and ongoing debates about the role of organized labor in America," according to Kheel Director Cheryl Beredo.

The Kheel Center is the designated labor history repository of collective bargaining agreements for the U.S. Department of Labor, she said.

The Kheel collection being preserved through the grant covers workplaces in every region of the United States, according to Beredo, who leads the Cornerstones project.

Read the full story on the ILR School's website.