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Hornbake Library
Last year's Labor History editathon
Last year's Labor History editathon
Last year's tour of the Prange Collection

Celebrate International Labour Day by joining a community interested in promoting labor history by editing the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Part celebration and part workshop, help us build awareness and increase visibility of our labor collections and expand page content for labor subjects, individuals, and organizations. We’ll draw content from labor-related collections at the University of Maryland, including the recently acquired AFL-CIO Archives. No editing experience necessary, however ability to use computers and search the internet is necessary. You’ll receive complimentary issues of Labor’s Heritage journal.

A tour of The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive begins at 4:00 PM.

RSVP here!

Please bring your own laptops.

Twitter hashtags: #wikilabor16 #glamwiki

This event is part of DC LaborFest 2016. Check out many more events to celebrate the labor movement!

When and Where[edit]

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This event will take place at the University of Maryland's Hornbake Library, North: Library Media Services, Room 0302H (Ground Floor)

See the Google map for the location of Hornbake.

Those unable to attend in person are invited to become Wikipedia editors, and edit pages listed in our goals below.

A tour of the AFL-CIO Archive begins at 4:00pm


  • 1:30 PM - Welcome, Jen Eidson, Labor Collections Archivist, and Ben Blake, Special Collection Librarian for Labor Studies, UMD Libraries
  • 1:40 PM - Introduction to editing Wikipedia, Peter Meyer, Wikimedia DC
  • 1:55 PM – Navigation to online resources and handout copies of Labor’s Heritage journal
  • 2:10PM - 3:45 PM, Editing time
  • 3:45 PM - Wrap-up
  • 4:00 PM – Tour of AFL-CIO Archive


The UMD Labor History Edit-A-Thon will offer a selection of resources for attendees to:

  1. Use Labor’s Heritage journal sources to contribute to targeted articles.
  2. Create and/or expand articles pertaining to archival labor collections from the University of Maryland’s Special Collections in Labor History & Workplace Studies.
  3. Add external links to finding aids from University of Maryland's Special Collections. Finding aids can be found in ArchivesUM our finding aid database, specifically in the Labor in America guide.
  4. Update out-of-date references and citations for the George Meany Memorial Archive, now known as The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive at the University of Maryland Libraries.

Please place a checkY next to an article to indicate that edits were made; the mark does not mean that all the suggested work for that article was completed.

Articles to create[edit]





Articles to expand or revise[edit]

At a minimum, please add external link to finding aid in ArchivesUM or a citation to Labor's Heritage journal.






Web access[edit]

The Library will have wireless guest accounts for participants. Please bring your own laptop.

Scholarly Research Articles[edit]

** indicates that the resource requires UMD log in or on-site access.


** indicates that the resource requires UMD log in or on-site access.

Union Publications[edit]

** indicates that the resource requires UMD log in or on-site access.


** indicates that the resource requires UMD log in or on-site access.

Archival Resources @ UMD[edit]

Access databases with your public library card: The Baltimore Sun and some other newspaper archives on ProQuest can also be accessed with a Maryland Library card. Here, for example is a list of databases accessible with a card from [Enoch Pratt Free Library] system. Here is a similar list for members of the PG County Library. If you live in Maryland you can get a library card in either of these systems and in most others around the state. If you live in the District of Columbia or Virginia you can get a library card in PG County and some other systems in southern Maryland.

Archival and manuscript collections[edit]

This Edit-A-Thon will focus on creating and expanding articles for archival collections at the University of Maryland. Links to collection information and finding aids can be found here: ArchivesUM: Labor in America

Basics on editing Wikipedia[edit]

About Special Collections in Labor History & Workplace Studies[edit]

Our labor collections are comprised of AFL-CIO Department records, trade department records, international union records, union programs, union organizations with allied or affiliate relationships with the AFL-CIO, and personal papers of union leaders. We also have extensive photo documentation of labor union activities from the 1940s to the present in the photographic negative and digital collections. Additionally, collections of graphic images, over 10,000 audio tapes, several hundred films and videotapes, and over 2,000 artifacts are available for research and study.

Guide to Labor Collections at University of Maryland


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Getting There[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

The Green/Yellow line Metro includes a stop in College Park. The Green train stops in College Park all day. The Yellow line only stops in College Park during rush hour service, 6:30 AM-9:00 AM and 3:30 PM-6:00 PM. You can use the Metro Trip Planner to determine travel times.

The College Park Metro stop is about a mile-and-a-half from the University of Maryland campus. The University provides a shuttle to and from the Metro station that runs every ten minutes. The shuttle is number 104 and it picks up in the circle right at the top of the station escalator. See the University Department of Transportation Services page for more information.

By Metro bus[edit]

The University of Maryland is serviced by the following Metrobuses:

  • C2 - between the Twinbrook and Greenbelt Metro stations
  • C8 - between the White Flint and College Park Metro stations
  • J4 - between the Bethesda and College Park Metro stations
  • F6 - between the Fort Totten and New Carrollton Metro stations

The buses all pick up and drop off at a station on Campus Drive, two blocks from Hornbake Library.


The University of Maryland campus faces Route 1 / Baltimore Avenue and is two and a half miles south from exit 25A off the Capitol Beltway (I-495).

Campus Drive runs through the middle of campus and right in front of Hornbake Library. You can access Campus Drive from the east side of campus by turning off of Baltimore Avenue / Route 1 at the campus main entrance at the intersection of Baltimore Ave., Paint Branch Parkway and Campus Drive. If approaching the University from the west side of campus, access Campus Drive at the intersection of University Boulevard East and Adelphi Road.

See the Google Map of the University for more information.


Visitor parking is available in the Regents Drive Parking Garage just north of Hornbake Library. Rates are $3.00 per hour, with a $15.00 per day maximum. See the University of Maryland, Department of Transportation Visitor Parking page for more information.

Parking is also available off campus at the College Park city public parking garage at the corner of at Yale Avenue and Knox Road at a rate of $.75/hour. The public parking garage is about a ten minute walk from Hornbake Library. See the College Park Downtown Parking Garage page for more information.