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The WLA Records preserve the history of not only a nationally prominent--now shuttered-- nonprofit, but tells the story of how Baltimore laborers challenged workplace safety standards when it came to asbestos exposure.
The Association was formed in 1979 to protect workers in the steel, auto, and shipyard industries. They advocated for laborers exposed to this deadly, naturally-occurring silicate used in building and manufacturing since the Industrial Revolution.
|Ephemera from the WLA Records-- including a pamphlet done in a style |
reminiscent of EC horror comics of the 1950s
With the help of Fite and Head of Special Collections Aiden Faust, the safeguarding of this at-risk trove is already underway, but the bulk of the work is still ahead of us. Contributions to the White Lung Preservation Project will move us forward by helping to establish a preservation fund for ongoing care of the collection. We hope you'll join friends of the Library and The White Lung Association in saving this important part of regional and Labor history.