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Labor History: Need Help?

A guide to U.S. labor history resources in NYU's Tamiment Library and beyond.

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Find Materials

Use the search box above to search our archival collections through the online finding aids using keywords from your research topic.  Once you’ve found a collection that you’d like to access, write down the collection name, number, and box numbers you’re interested in.  

For example, “Alger Hiss Family Papers TAM.314, Boxes 1, 2, & 3”.  Bring your list to the Tamiment when you visit us or email us at to get more information on how to view them.  

Please note that some materials are held offsite and may take from two business days to a week to arrive for your use.

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Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.

NYU Libraries' online catalog.

Need Help?

The staff at the Tamiment is happy to help you with your research.  You can visit us on the 10th floor of the Bobst Library, call us at 212-998-2630, or email us at

Need copies of our materials?  Email us with the information and we can talk with you about how to get photocopies or scans of materials.

Database Search Tips

Here are tips for better search results in databases. This usage works on most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax. 

Boolean: (using operators: and, or, not) 

mother and father searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.

mother or father searches for one or all, but both are not required.

mother not father searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father.’

(mother not father) and god searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father,’ then also requires the word ‘god.’



art* searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.


m?n searches for man and men. 

Find Books & More

Use the search box on the left to search the catalog for books, serials, and pamphlets at the Tamiment.  

Type in the box using keywords, titles, or author names.  A new window will open, taking your search to the catalog.  

On the left side of that page, you’ll see a list of links with “Limit My Results” at the top.  Click on “NYU Bobst Tamiment/Wagner” under “Library” to get results from the Tamiment only.

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