Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (YHCIL)

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Youngstown, OH
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The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (YHCIL) is a site of the Ohio History Connection, operated by Youngstown State University’s Department of History and Center for Applied History. The facility, which is in a Michael Graves designed building, is located at 151 W. Wood St. in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Opened in 1992, the facility houses a museum, with its permanent exhibit: “By the Sweat of Our Brow: Forging the Steel Valley” and library archives.

The focus of the collections is the iron and steel industry, other industries, organized labor, and other related materials such as the East Ohio Gas Company archives. Local government records are also housed at YHCIL for six counties in northeast Ohio.  YHCIL is also home to the archives The collections include records from steel companies such as Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Republic Steel and US Steel, photographs, blueprints, drawings, professional journals, company newsletters, collective bargaining agreements, films and oral histories.  The facility also holds the records of the Center for Working Class Studies, which originated at Youngstown State University in the 1990s. This collection includes an extensive library dealing with various aspects of working class studies as well as a large collection of pamphlets and other ephemera.