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AFL–CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Labor History editathon in Hornbake Library, 2015

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 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.

Please bring a brown bag lunch and your own laptop.

Twitter hashtags: #wikilabor17 #glamwiki

This event is part of DC LaborFest 2017. Check out many more events to celebrate the labor movement!

When and Where[edit]

Friday, May 5, 2017, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This event will take place at the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC

815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

President's Room, 1st Floor

Attendees will be asked to show a Government issued ID when they enter the lobby

See the Google map for the location of the AFL-CIO.

Lunch can be purchased at nearby restaurants

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


  • 12:00 PM - Welcome, Jen Eidson, Labor Collections Assistant Archivist, and Ben Blake, Labor Collections Archivist, UMD Libraries
  • 12:10 PM - Introduction to editing Wikipedia, Peter Meyer, Wikimedia DC
  • 12:25 PM – Navigation to online resources and handout copies of Labor’s Heritage journal
  • 12:40PM - 2:45 PM, Editing time
  • 2:45 PM - Wrap-up


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. Create and/or expand articles related to labor history in the greater Washington, DC region.
  4. 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.
  5. Update out-of-date references and citations for the George Meany Memorial Archive, now known as The George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive at the University of Maryland Libraries.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. Consider highlighting women in labor unions.





Web access[edit]

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

Scholarly Research Articles[edit]

** indicates that the resource requires institutional (UMD or other research institution) log in or on-campus access.


** indicates that the resource requires institutional (UMD or other research institution) log in or on-campus access.

Union Publications[edit]

** indicates that the resource requires institutional (UMD or other research institution) log in or on-campus access.


** indicates that the resource requires institutional (UMD or other research institution) log in or on-campus 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 Labor History Collections[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


Please indicate if you plan to attend by completing this RSVP.

Virtual editing is encouraged through the month of May!

We'd like to know if you:

  • Will Attend
  • Maybe Attending
  • Regrets
  • Will Attend Remotely

Getting There[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

The closest Blue/Orange/Silver Metro stop is McPherson Square, plus about three blocks to walk.

The closest Red line Metro stop is Farragut North, plus a one block walk.

Check out Metro's Trip Planner to plan your metro ride.

By Metro bus[edit]

Check out Metro's Trip Planner to plan your bus ride. Use this address in the destination field: 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005.
The S2, S4, and S9 stop on 16th street less than one block from the AFL-CIO Headquarters. Multiple buses stop on H street, also less than one block away.


Enter the following address into your GPS: 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005. The AFL-CIO Headquarters is less than a block north of Lafayette Square.


There are some public parking garages nearby. If you drive and park, be prepared to pay $15-$20.


Please list edits here for May 2017. Include link to page and brief phrase that summarizes your edit, such as "new article" or "added link to archival material."

See also:

2016 Edit-A-Thon

2015 Edit-A-Thon