© 2002 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
George Pearlman typescripts and research materials, 1891-1975, bulk 1973-1975.
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Typescripts and articles.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Include the following typed manuscripts by Pearlman: biography of Thomas Wilson Talbot (1849-1892), founder of the International
Association of Machinists (1975); an article on the origin of Labor Day and a chronology of events pertaining to Labor Day
(1973); and a biographical sketch of Matthew Maguire (1850-1917), credited as the founder of Labor Day (n.d.). Also copies
of newspaper and periodical articles and U.S. Department of Labor publications relating to the origins of Labor Day (1891-1971).
Collection material in English
George Pearlman was a retired machinist who became interested in the controversy over who was the "father" of Labor Day: Matthew
Maguire, a machinists' union official, or Peter McGuire, a carpenters' union official. After a substantial amount of research,
the results of which are documented in this collection, Pearlman concluded that Matthew Maguire was the originator of the
McGuire, Peter James, 1852-1906.
Talbot, Thomas W. (Thomas Wilson), 1842-1892.
Form and Genre Terms:
Manuscripts for publication