The purpose of this pathfinder is to provide researchers with a guide to records at the George Meany Memorial Archives related to child labor. The records consist primarily of documents, images, and other materials produced by the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and various materials from outside sources. The majority of the records associated with child labor are from the AFL and primarily cover the late 1890s to the early 1930s. Child labor in the U.S. is dealt with the most.
Child labor is best defined for the purposes of this pathfinder as the harmful exploitation of children in industry. This pathfinder consists of a bibliography and a guide to potentially useful records at the GMMA, which primarily consist of documents, images, and published materials from various AFL-CIO affiliates.