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White Lung Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: R0156-WLA
The White Lung Association Records document the history and work of the non-profit Baltimore-based organization between 1979 and 2005. Materials in the collection include 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. Topics of note documented in the collection include labor history, workers' rights, steel and shipyard workers and trade, asbestos health risks, and more.

Dates

  • 1979-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

93 Linear Feet

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.

Arrangement

Collection arranged as a folder inventory.

Custodial History

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

Related Materials

Related materials include the James (Jim) Fite Oral History (R0171-JFI) at the UB Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

The collection was inventoried by Jim Fite between January 2017 and September 2018. Finding aid prepared and data entry of the inventory was completed by Aiden Faust and Michelle Hickson between 2017 and June 2019.

Creator

Title
White Lung Association Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Jim Fite and Aiden Faust (2017-2019). Finding aid revised by Laura Bell (May 2020).
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Descriptive fields and subjects added

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA
410-837-4253