White Lung Association Records Edit


R0156 WLA


  • 1979 – 1992 (Creation)


  • 157 Linear Feet (Whole)


  • Content Description

    The collection includes organizational correspondence, WLA Newsletters, WLA training manuals and 8x10” transparencies, legal case files and related documents, project file notebooks, subject file/clipping notebooks, and audiovisual materials, including photos, VHS tapes, and DVD discs.

  • Historical Note

    Founded in 1979, White Lung Association (WLA) was a worker-led nonprofit based in Baltimore devoted to occupational health and safety. It operated as an advocacy group for shipyard workers, steelworkers, and autoworkers that sought reform in the way asbestos exposure was handled by industry, labor unions, and medical providers. The WLA was also active in helping government agencies write regulations for the protection of the public from asbestos exposure, particularly in public schools. The group’s efforts helped change national, state, and local laws concerning asbestos inspection, training, safe disposal.

  • Custodial History

    The collection was donated by Jim Fite on December 23, 2015, with physical custody transferred January 16, 2016.

  • Processing Information

    This collection is unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections for additional information.

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