The Labor Legacy Web site was started in 1999 by Dr. David L. Rosenberg,
Archivist, UE/Labor Archives, and John P. Montoya, University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2002, as a project within the University Library System's Archives
Service Center. The Labor Legacy Web site represents a unique effort to “map” the historical terrain of the labor movement in Pittsburgh
and Western Pennsylvania for the use of both the academic and general public. This project was funded by contributions from diverse labor
organizations, foundations, and individuals. Updates to the Web site ended in 2003.
Features of the
Labor Legacy Web Site
An innovative Databank section contains a web-accessible
storehouse of historical information on the officers, organizers, and chartering dates of Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania unions. Data on existing
minute books and union newspapers is also included, as well as information on more than 500 local and regional labor organizations. For example,
the site contains lists of the Presidents of the Pittsburgh Musicians and Typographical unions; lists of officers of the Pittsburgh and Washington,
Pennsylvania Bricklayers unions; charter dates of Western Pennsylvania Steelworkers and Electrical Workers locals; and certification dates of Service
Employees union chapters.
Document Sets provide online access to original documents from the Archives Service Center to researchers and
the general public. Examples are an original 1927 report of the Bethlehem Steel Coal and Iron Police from Washington County, Pennsylvania; original
Coroner's Inquest Files for those killed in the Battle of Homestead (1892); and a complete original photo album of the 1914 Westinghouse Strike at Union
Switch and Signal.
A chronological section, "Labor Through the Years," assists users in
obtaining a sense of the unfolding historical development; while the Union Profiles section showcases specific unions and organizations.
Information on specific key labor figures or union meeting places and celebratory gatherings can be found in the People, Places, Commemorations
Special Features highlights "The UE in Pennsylvania" as well as "McKeesport and its Tube Works" - this involves extended documentation of these topics.