Powderly, Terence Vincent, 1849-1924

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Terence Vincent Powderly (1849-1924), labor leader and public servant, was the eloquent though flawed leader of the American Labor movement during the struggles of the late 19th century, specifically during his tenure as head of the fledgling Knights of Labor, 1879-1893. He was a committed Irish nationalist, serving as a member of Clan Na Gael and the Irish Land League. He was also a dedicated public servant, on both the local and federal level, with three terms as Mayor of Scranton, 1878-1884, and a reform-minded career in the U.S. Bureau of Immigration, 1897-1921, and the U.S. Department of Labor, 1921-1924. In these varied positions he was often photographed and many of these photos survive as part of his archival papers at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. An aspect of his life not well known is that by the turn of the twentieth century, and over the age of 50, he had become an avid photographer. Several thousand photos, dating primarily from 1902 to 1921, also survive as part of the Powderly Papers and reflect a variety of subjects reflecting social, economic, and political life. Together, the photographs of and taken by Powderly are a rich resource documenting life in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

From the description of The papers of Terence Vincent Powderly. 1864-1937. (Catholic University of America). WorldCat record id: 183204316

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Mitchell, John, 1870-1919. Papers, 1885-1919. [microfilm]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927. Lyman J. Gage letters, 1897-1902. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Grover Cleveland papers, 1743-1945 (bulk 1885-1908). Library of Congress
referencedIn Ault, Harry E. B. (Harry Erwin Bratton), 1883-1961. Harry E.B. Ault papers, 1899-1956 (bulk 1919-1936). University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Richard T. Ely papers, 1812-1963 (bulk 1882-1939) Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf Powderly, Terence Vincent, 1849-1924. The papers of Terence Vincent Powderly. Catholic University of America
creatorOf Labadie, Jo, 1850-1933. Jo Labadie papers, 1880-1931. University of Michigan
referencedIn Jones, Mother, 1837-1930. The Mother Jones papers. Catholic University of America
referencedIn North American review materials, 1884-1913. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library Manuscript Files, Bulk, 1910-1965, 1749-1988 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Powderly, Terence Vincent, 1849-1924. Letter, 1885 Dec. 24, Scranton, Pa., to Esley Hallenbeck, Schenectady, N.Y. University of Michigan
referencedIn Harry E.B. Ault papers, 1899-1956 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn John Reed papers, 1903-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles F. Bates papers, 1861-1888 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Hayes, John William, 1854-1942. The John W. Hayes papers. Catholic University of America
referencedIn Hayes, John William, 1854-1942. Papers, 1880-1921. [microform] Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bates, Charles F. (Charles Franklin). Charles F. Bates papers, 1861-1888 [microform]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library. Tamiment Library manuscript files collection relating to individuals and organizations associated with radicalism, the labor movement, and progressive social action in the United States, 1950-2001 (bulk 1910-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Hayes, John William, 1854-1942. John William Hayes papers, 1880-1921 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Grover Cleveland Papers, 1743-1945, (bulk 1885-1908) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886. person
associatedWith Ault, Harry E. B. (Harry Erwin Bratton), 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Barry, Lenore. person
associatedWith Bates, Charles F. (Charles Franklin) person
associatedWith Bates, Charles F. (Charles Franklin), d. 1922 person
associatedWith Beaumont, Ralph. person
associatedWith Buchanan, Joseph Ray, 1851-1924. person
associatedWith Cavanaugh, Hugh. person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. person
associatedWith Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927. person
associatedWith Gibbons, James, 1834-1921. person
associatedWith Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924. person
associatedWith Hallenbeck, Esley. person
associatedWith Hayes, John William, 1854-1942. person
associatedWith Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893. person
associatedWith Jones, Mother, 1837-1930. person
associatedWith Knights of Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith Labadie, Jo, 1850-1933. person
associatedWith McBride, John, 1854-1917. person
associatedWith Mitchell, John, 1870-1919. person
correspondedWith Reed, John, 1887-1920 person
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Trevillick, Richard. person
associatedWith Watchorn, Robert, 1858-1944. person
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Church and labor--History
Emigration and immigration--History
Women in the labor movement
Labor unions


Birth 1849-01-22

Death 1924-06-24



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