The International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI) brings together archives, libraries, document centres, museums and research institutions specializing in the history and theory of the labour movement from all over the world. It was founded in 1970 by the Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv (Stockholm), the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (Düsseldorf), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Bonn), the Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (Amsterdam), the Labour Party (London), the Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv (Zürich) and the Trades Union Congress (London), among others.

IALHI aims at :

* Fostering closer co-operation between its members.
* Interlending wherever possible.
* Encouraging the interchange of publications and duplicates.
* Initiating and sponsoring publications such as bibliographies, holding lists and surveys falling within its field of interest.


* Archives and libraries of trade union federations and major trade unions from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom ; and of related international bodies like the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the European Trade Union Institute.
* Archives and libraries of socialist and communist parties from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
* Major document and research centres like the AMSAB (Ghent), the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (Milan), the Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (Amsterdam), the Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv (Zürich) etc.
* Museums of labour and working class life like the People’s History Museum (Manchester), the Arbejdermuseet (Copenhagen), the Työväenmuseo Werstas (Tampere) etc.
* Major university institutions like the Bibliothek der Freien Universität (Berlin), the Bibliothèque de Documentation internationale contemporaine (Nanterre), the Labadie Collection (Ann Arbor, MI), the Modern Records Centre (Coventry), the Ohara Institute for Social Research (Tokyo) etc.
* Private document centres, museums, labour history societies etc from Australia to Argentina.

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* Annual conferences provide an occasion for meeting, discussion, exchange of experience, multilateral cooperation etc. Conferences were held in London (1970), Stockholm (1971), Zürich (1972), Bonn (1973), Oslo (1974), Amsterdam (1975), Milan (1976), Vienna (1977), Paris (1978), Bochum (1979), Stockholm (1980), Barcelona (1981), London (1982), Florence (1983), Madrid (1984), Brussels/Liège/Ghent (1985), Paris (1986), Bonn (1987), Zürich (1988), Amsterdam (1989), Helsinki (1990), Linz (1991), Copenhagen (1992), Prague (1993), Manchester (1994), Moscow (1995), Athens (1996), Silver Spring, MD (1997), Milan (1998), Amsterdam (1999), Oslo (2000), Tampere (2001), Stockholm (2002), Dublin (2003), Paris/Nanterre/Roubaix (2004), Ghent (2005), Zürich (2006), Rome (2007), Johannesburg (2008), Barcelona (2009) and Amsterdam (2010). The next conferences will be held in Bonn (2011) and Lisboa (2012).

* IALHI’s Directory lists all relevant information concerning member institutions.
* A News Service on the Web announces recent accessions, new publications, forthcoming exhibitions, current research programs etc.
* A travel fund enables members lacking regular funding channels to attend conferences.
* IALHI organizes joint projects, notably in the fields of preservation and automation.
* A group of members provide a number of services, among them listings of the tables of contents of major labour history journals.
* On the web domain labourhistory.net digital resources form IALHI members and joint projects are published. The project HOPE – Heritage of the People’s Europe (2010-2013) will be the focus of these activities.
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