Knights of Labor Miscellaneous Publications on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5466 mf

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Knights of Labor Miscellaneous Publications on Microfilm, 1885-1900
Collection Number:
5466 mf
Creator:
Knights of Labor
Quantity:
1 microfilm reel
Forms of Material:
Publications (documents), microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of publications of the Knights of Labor. Included are addresses, articles, journals, and the organization's Ritual.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Knights of Labor (K of L), officially Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor, was the largest and one of the most important American labor organizations of the 1880s.
The Knights promoted the social and cultural uplift of the workingman, rejected Socialism and radicalism, demanded the eight-hour day, and promoted the producers ethic of republicanism.
It was never well organized, and after a rapid expansion in the mid-1880s, it suddenly lost its new members and became a small operation again. It was started in 1869, reached 28,000 members in 1880, by 1885 there were 100,000 members. Nearly 800,000 members had joined by 1886, however its poor organizational structure could not cope and it quickly became a failure. Most members left the movement in 1886-1887, leaving not many more than 100,000 but 1890. The remainder of the Knights of Labor continued until 1949, when the last 50 members dropped their affiliation.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists of publications by the Knights of Labor.
Address of the Congress of the Knights...', Address of the General Manager...', Adelphon Kruptos', Building Laborers Int'l. Union of America', Coffeyville Dynamite Outrage', District Assembly Forty-Nine...', Official Journal of the NY Protective Assoc..', 'Ritual', and 'Santuary of Dist. Assembly 126...'
SUBJECTS

Names:
Knights of Labor.

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications (documents)
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Knights of Labor Miscellaneous Publications on Microfilm #5466 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5427 mf: Knights of Labor Constitutions on Microfilm
5503 mf a & b: Knights of Labor Papers on Microfilm
5890: Knights of Labor vs. Troy (NY) Stove Works Scrapbook

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1 Item 1 1896
10 pp.
Reel 1 Item 2 1885
October 5, 1885. 21 pp.
Reel 1 Item 3 1886
Chicago: Ezra A. Cook. 56 pp.
Reel 1 Item 4 1890
2 pp.
Reel 1 Item 5 1889
Winfield, Kansas: American Nonconformist. 101 pp.
Reel 1 Item 6 1888
New York: Concord Co-operative Printing Company. 32 pp.
Reel 1 Item 7 1899
32 pp.
Reel 1 Item 8 1900
34 pp.
Reel 1 Item 9
23 pp.
Reel 1 Item 10
No date. 4 pp.