Labor Heritage

The organizations listed here support labor culture and the study of labor history.

How to Use Labor Culture at Your Event
Resource List of Books and Songbooks (link coming soon)

California Labor History Map

This website enable users to explore, by location, date, or text search, over 1200 key events in the state’s labor history that have affected the lives of working people. Detailed short essays describe the larger historical context surrounding many of these events.


Holt Labor Library

Focus on Labor Studies and Radical History. Located at 50 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 ~ Phone: (415) 241-1370


Labor Archives and Research Center

Few regions can rival the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. This history is preserved in primary source and vintage history materials at the Labor Archives and Research Center. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, labor activists and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. Located at 480 Winston Drive, San Francisco CA 94132, west of the Stonestown Shopping Center. 415-564-4010.


The Labor Heritage Foundation

The Labor Heritage Foundation works to strengthen the labor movement through music and the arts. This site includes a directory of artists and musicians, history, songs, tips on creative organizing and a calendar of of labor cultural events.



LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival. It begins every July 5th, which is the anniversary of the 1934 “Bloody Thursday” event. It is produced each year in San Francisco by an independent committee of union workers, teachers, cultural workers, and other volunteers.



LaborNet was founded in 1991 to build a democratic communication network for the labor movement. LaborNet’s founders believe that the new communication technology must be put to use to revitalize and rebuild the labor movement.


Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

San Francisco Labor History Notes including a “Brief History of the Early Labor Movement” by Dolores Waldorf.


Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival

Annual festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s contribution to the civil rights and labor movements; a weekend of solidarity in an era of war, racism, and hard times.