Samuel Gompers Papers

Improved website

The Samuel Gompers Papers project invites you to visit our new and improved website at

In the true Gompers' fashion of "more, more, more" it offers more documents, more information, and more opportunities for students and teachers to use primary documents in the classroom.

Highlights include

  • Luke Grant's eyewitness accounts of the IWW's founding convention
  • correspondence and newspaper coverage of the Knights of Labor' trade union struggle for supremacy
  • documents related to the founding of the American Federation of Labor
  • contemporary assessments of Gompers' leadership

Along with our time line of American labor history, and our glossary of labor activists and organizations, we have also included finding-aids for researchers in African American, female, and immigrant history that promise to make our microfilm collections more user-friendly.

The Samuel Gompers Papers project is sponsored by the University of Maryland College Park, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the AFL-CIO.

Grace Palladino and Peter Albert
Editors, The Samuel Gompers Papers