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The Knights of Labor were an active labor organization in the late 19th century, reaching a membership of over 800,000 workers. They advocated for many reforms such as limit child labor, worker’s compensation, and the eight-hour work day. Following the Haymarket Square Riot in 1886, the Knights of Labor experienced a significant decline in membership and the last local group affiliation with the KoL ended in the mid-20th century.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Photographic Prints of Occupations, Labor Activities, and Personalities, 1940 - 1970 in the General Records of the Department of Labor (Record Group 174) that includes Knights of Labor activities. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at email@example.com.
We also located the Committee Papers, 1815 - 1909 of the Committee on Railways and Canals in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (Record Group 223) that includes the file unit titled Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to the Committee on Railways and Canals during the 49th Congress. This file unit contains records relating to the endorsement by the Knights of Labor of the Hennepin Canal project (HR49A-H21.1) and various subjects (HR49A-H21.2). For access to these records, please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In addition, the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections include the Loyal League of Seattle Records and the S. Leonard Bell Papers that discuss the Knights of Labor in the Pacfic Northwest. Lastly, resources on the Knights of Labor and other labor unions and organizations may be located in the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington.
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