Welcome to H-Labor-Arts, a network for historians, labor activists, and artists to discuss the cultural and artistic artifacts of working people.

H-LaborArts is currently looking for new editors to take over the network and take an active role in developing new online materials and resources for the field. We also looking for contributors, bloggers, discussants, resources gatherers, etc. If you are interested in helping build this site, please contact Patrick Cox, H-Net's Vice-President for Networks, at vp-net@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

Recent Content

A Labor of Love - Lantern Slides of Terence V. Powderly

A treasure trove of almost 2,000 lantern slides belonging to labor leader Terence V. Powderly (1849-1924) resides in the Catholic University  Archive. These transparent glass slides, also referred to as “magic” lantern slides, are an eclectic mix of images taken by amateur photographer Powderly as well as commercially produced images he purchased. As a native of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Powderly incorporated many images of creeks and mountains of the keystone state – as well as the occasional coal mine – into the collection.

Collecting the Sacred and Secular at Catholic University

American Catholics have been an integral part of the American working class, with several labor related archival collections housed at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. There is also a general musuem collection that houses objects from many genres though, not suprisingly, strong in religious themed artifacts. For more see


Seeking Hosts for the podcast New Books in Art

New Books in Art (http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/art/) is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on art. Hosting the channel is a good way to bring the work of art scholars, art historians, and artists to the attention of large audiences. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at marshallpoe@gmail.com.