Labor History (journal)

Labor History is a peer-reviewed academic journal which publishes articles regarding the history of the labor movement in the United States, Europe, and other regions and countries.

Labor History
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DisciplineLabor Studies
Edited byCraig Phelan
Publication details
Former name(s)
The Labor Historian's Bulletin (1953-1960); Newsletter (1967-1968)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Labor Hist.
ISSN0023-656X (print)
1469-9702 (web)
OCLC no.01755402

Publication historyEdit

The journal was established in 1953 as the Labor Historian's Bulletin (ISSN 0456-9644), and later incorporated Newsletter (OCLC 16812578).[1] In 1960, the journal changed its name to Labor History and was being published by the Tamiment Institute, later to be published by CarFax, a subsidiary of Taylor & Francis.[2] In 2003 the journal was sold to Taylor and Francis. Following conflicts with the new publisher over editorial independence, editor-in-chief Leon Fink, the entire editorial board, and much of the editorial staff left to establish a rival journal, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History.[2][3]

The journal is currently published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis. The current editor is Craig Phelan of Solidarity Center (Abuja, Nigeria), US editor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and book review editor John Trumpbour of Harvard University.[4]

Since 2013, the journal is being published 5 times a year.

Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in Alternative Press Index, America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, Political Science Complete, Scopus, SocINDEX, and Web of Science.


In 1974, Daniel Leab became editor and served the journal for more than two decades.[5]


Each year, Labor History awards a number of writing prizes. Honors are given to the best essay on an American topic, best essay on a non-American or comparative topic, best essay written by a scholar within five years of completion of their Ph.D., best labor-themed dissertation, and best book on labor.


  1. ^ "Labor History". ULRICHSWEB. ProQuest, LLC. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b Smallwood, Scott; David Glenn (July 4, 2003). "Editor of 'Labor History' Quits, and Dozens Join Him; Oxford Press Hires Editor From Princeton". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 49 (43): A18. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "SPARC Partners with New Labor Studies Journal". Weekly News Digest. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 28 October 2011. According to Leon Fink, the former editor in chief of Labor History and editor of the new Labor, the principal issue was maintaining the journal's editorial independence. More than 40 people associated with the Taylor and Francis journal have joined Fink at the new Labor journal, including four associate editors, the book review editor, the six-person editorial committee, and the 30 contributing editors.
  4. ^ "Labor History: Editorial Board". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Daniel J. Leab Collection: Papers, 1900–1975" (PDF). Wayne State University - Walter P. Reuther Library (Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs). May 1980. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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