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Kheel Center News and Updates

 The Spirit and Face of the Kheel Center — Melissa Holland by Marjorie Olds | January 31, 2024

Triangle Fire history preserved by ILR’s Kheel Center by Mary Catt | November 10, 2023

A Moving Memorial to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to Be Unveiled in NYC by Nicole Saraniero | October 11, 2023

Kheel Center exhibit explores labor-management conflict by Amira Shimin ’25 | May 11, 2023

Library exhibit explores fraught history of textile industry by Jose Beduya | October 24, 2022

Student receives Kheel Center research award by Jose Beduya | October 4, 2022

Textile exhibit opens with workers’ songs by Jose Beduya | September 19, 2022

Exhibit calls for textile art by Jose Beduya | August 31, 2022

Akron Metal Etching creating elements of Triangle Factory Fire memorial by Jennifer Conn, Akron | Aug. 25, 2022

HIV/AIDS exhibit tells story of love and acceptance by Jose Beduya | August 16, 2022

Student-librarian partnership makes history by Jose Beduya | May 3, 2022 

“The Academy of Management Archives” Academy of Management (AOM) publication Academy News by Regina Greenwood | April 23, 2022

Kheel Center’s website on Triangle Fire workplace tragedy honored by Mary Catt | March 29, 2022

ILR’s Kheel Center names Strassberg Grant winners by Julie Greco | March 16, 2022

Kheel Center hosting March 21 talk on Triangle Fire book by Mary Catt | March 11, 2022

Lessons learned: Collaborating to digitise Yiddish-language collections at Cornell by Barb Morley, Steven Calco, and Elizabeth Parker | Winter 2021/2022, Journal for Digital Media Management

Kheel Center Undergraduate Award Celebrated by Mary Catt | November 16, 2021

Working as an archivist is ‘a dream’ for ILR’s Steven Calco by Mary Catt | November 9, 2021

Police union websites preserved by library archive by James Dean | September 2, 2021

Gifts boost photography teaching, collecting by Jose Beduya | June 28, 2021

Reweaving the Textile Industry Archive: Strategies for Building Inclusive Collections on the Legacy of the American Textile History Museum by Marcie Farwell | Library Trends Johns Hopkins University Press Volume 70, Number 1, Summer 2021

Archivists and curators share their favorite artifacts by Jose Beduya | May 26, 2021

Puppy Politics: Rokhl’s Golden City: What a dog named Labzik can teach us about communism by Rokhl Kafrissen | April 30, 2021

African Library exhibit explores MLK’s labor activism by Jose Beduya | April 30, 2021

Coretta Scott King and the Labor Movement by Marjorie Z. Olds| Mar 15, 2021

‘All Labor Has Dignity’ by Marjorie Z. Olds | Feb 20, 2021

From vaults to virtual classes, library archives enrich teaching by Jose Beduya | January 21, 2021

Treasuring Our Family’s Story by Marjorie Z. Olds | December 26, 2020

‘Di Linke’ webinar series explores history of Jewish Left by Kate Blackwood | December 3, 2020

Digitized files give rare glimpse of anti-union advocacy by Jose Beduya | October 30, 2020

Family ties abound in Cornell University Library archives by Jose Beduya | October 26, 2020

Newly discovered letters reveal professor’s impact on Ginsburg by Mary Catt | September 24, 2020

Apply now for Kheel Center undergraduate research award | February 13, 2020

Exhibit sheds light on railways’ discriminatory history by Jose Beduya | February 12, 2020

Lecturer to be featured in PBS documentary by Linda B. Glaser | August 30, 2019

City of Workers, City of Struggle opens at The Museum of the City of New York by AFineLyne | April 30, 2019

Latest MCNY exhibit explores the labor movement in New York by Lucie Levine | April 30, 2019

Threads of connection to Triangle tragedy by amNY | April 10, 2019

New curator gives historic textile collection a fresh start  by Jessica E. Withers | July 3, 2019

City of Workers, City of Struggle Opens at the Museum of the City of New York on May 1 by the Museum of the City of New York | April 29, 2019

Exhibit on labor movements features Kheel C enter artifacts by Jose Beduya | April 23, 2019

New Exhibit Showcases Dr. King’s Involvement In Labor Rights Movement by Emily Yang |January 24, 2019

Exhibit chronicles women’s empowerment through fashion by Daniel Aloi | November 27, 2018

Documents illuminate U.S. Yiddish-speaking life until the Cold War by Melanie Lefkowitz | June 25, 2018

Railway records document more than a century of seismic labor shifts by Melanie Lefkowitz | May 2, 2018

New York City events honor Triangle fire victims, focus on new activists by David Ticzon | March 1, 2018

‘Union Made’ exhibit showcases labor, fashion history by Stephen D’Angelo | August 28, 2017

Library manages Queers for Economic Justice records by Melanie Lefkowitz | April 27, 2017

Downloads of labor contracts surge after they go online by Tracy Kinne | April 19, 2017

Library acquires vast collection of textile industry materials by Melanie Lefkowitz | March 7, 2017

Gift supports ILR School’s Kheel Center archives by Tracy Kinne | August 2, 2016

Grant to put Kheel Center railroad collections online  by Melanie Lefkowitz | January 19, 2016

Law alum visits his archives in ILR’s Kheel Center by Melanie Lefkowitz | September 29, 2015

Labor nonprofit donates archives to Kheel Center by Gwen Glazer | January 10, 2014

Kheel Center to preserve workplace agreements by Mary Catt | December 23, 2013

Featured Projects

International Workers’ Order Digitization Grant

About 10,000 pages of documents from the Kheel Center’s collection of the International Workers’ Order records and the Jewish People’s Fraternal Order have been digitized, thanks to a Cornell Library Arts and Sciences grant in collaboration with Jonathan Boyarin, Mann Professor of Jewish Studies, and Elissa Sampson, visiting scholar and lecturer in the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, and Cornell library’s Digital Consulting and Production Services.

The IWO was founded in 1930 as a fraternal organization providing benefits such as health insurance to its members, and its Jewish division, the Jewish People’s Fraternal Order (JPFO), was the second-largest Jewish fraternal organization in the United States. More than 1,700 digitized documents, in English and Yiddish, are organized online into categories including education, Black-Jewish relations, Albert Einstein, women’s work and “World War II Jewish tanks and poems.” Newly digitized documents, which also include anti-Nazi posters and leaflets and a rare 1941 poetry anthology published in Moscow by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee can now be accessed on Cornell’s Digital Collections website.

Collective Bargaining Agreements Digitization Grant.

With support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Kheel Center will digitize and make available online more than 1,600 Collective Bargaining Agreements.