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New Primary Source Set: The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934


The Organizer Newsletter Issue July 17, 1934

A new Primary Source Set has been added to the Minnesota Digital Library Primary Source Set Collection.  The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 highlights the historic event in labor history that paved the way for new legislation such as the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The summer of 1934 saw a violent and deadly clash between General Drivers Local 574 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and local business leaders united under the Citizens' Alliance, an organization committed to an "open shop." The Primary Source Set features The Organizer, a daily strike bulletin published by Local 574 specifically focused on the events and activities of the strike. Minnesota Reflections holds the entire series of The Organizer, the first daily newsletter of its kind.

The Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets are designed to highlight primary source materials in the Minnesota Digital Library that relate to a specific topic, while providing context to help students and researchers better understand historic events and the resulting documentation created by the people who experienced these events.


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Beth Goodrich

Beth is the Assistant Program Coordinator with Minitex.  She provides program support for the DIME Unit specifically related to cataloging, metadata and digital initiatives.  Outside of Minitex she has been involved with metadata and cataloging projects for Hennepin County Library Special Collections, the Minnesota Library Association and the American Swedish Institute. 

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Communications from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from UW-Milwaukee, with a concentration in Information Organization. Prior to entering the library field, she was a self-employed bridal designer.