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Labor Review Archive Project
A special project to create a digital archive of the Minneapolis Labor Review to chronicle our history.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Steve Share at 612-379-4725
or e-mail laborreview@mplscluc.com

March, 2004

Dear Friend,

The Minneapolis Labor Review newspaper will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2007 and we're embarking now on a special project to create a digital archive of all the past issues of our newspaper. We seek your support for this effort.

The cover of the first issue of the Labor Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, published on April 4, 1907.

For nearly 100 years, the Minneapolis Labor Review has chronicled the history of the labor movement in the Twin Cities and working families' continuing struggle for economic and social justice. Our history is a rich heritage from which we have much to learn.

Our history spans the years from the era of handset metal type to the age of the internet. With your help, we'd like to make that history available to anyone with internet access.

Right now, the newspaper is available on microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minneapolis Public Library but in this format it is not readily accessible, or searchable. Bound copies of the original newspapers in our offices are yellowing and brittle with age. With your support, and using the latest technology, we want to make labor history in Minneapolis come alive with the click of a computer mouse button.

The Labor Review Archive Project will digitally capture all the past issues of the Labor Review, drawing on technology developed by ArcaSEARCH. Each page of the original newspapers will be shot with a special digital camera. Optical character recognition technology will scan the text and create an index. The text will be searchable by topic. Readers will be able to view an entire page or zoom in for a close-up. The images will be viewable on the web. High quality prints will be available.

When the Labor Review archive goes online, union members, students and others will gain ready access to our rich labor history. Union members will be able to research the history of their local. Students will be able to research by topic, individuals, or date. Family members can do a search on a grandparent or great-grandparent's name and learn about his or her union activities. The Labor Review archive will help us to share our history with a new generation.

You can help. We're seeking individual and organizational financial support to pay for the cost of this project. All levels of support will be welcome.

We'll also need volunteers to assist with the hands-on work of digitally photographing the nearly 20,000 pages of the original print versions of the Labor Review. Volunteers will receive training in exchange for their time commitment. The first week of photography work tentatively will be the week of April 26, 2004.

Please let us know how you can help support the Labor Review Archive Project. Click here to view information on donor levels and to print out a form for volunteering and making donations.

Thank you for your support!

Labor Review Archive Project (LRAP) Committee

Chair: Glenda Meixell, AFSCME Local 3159. Committee Members: Bill Usher, APWU, Minneapolis Area Local; Wes McGee, AFSCME Local 34; John Niedenfuer, Painters Union Local 386. Staff: Steve Share, Labor Review Editor.

Thank-you LRAP Committee members, for your dedication to this project!


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