International Association of Labour History Institutions

The International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI)

The International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI) brings together archives, libraries, documentation centres, museums and research institutions specializing in the history and theory of the labour and social movements from all over the world. IALHI's main goal is to facilitate the exchange of expertise in order to preserve, and promote the access to, and the use of, their respective collections.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IALHI Board has decided to postpone to 2021 the 51th conference that was going to take place at the premises of the Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv in Zürich, Switzerland.

Instead of its traditional in-person conference, this year the IALHI will organize an online event on 10-11 September 2020. We look forward to encourage a global discussion about the challenges that COVID-19 is posing to our work, with participation of members in all continents. More information and details can be found here. The final program of the event, as well as all the technical information necessary to attend the online sessions, will be posted by mid-August.

For a brief overview of IALHI's aims and activities, check our promotional flyer:

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Social History Portal

IALHI is proud to announce the web portal socialhistoryportal.org. This portal was developed within the project HOPE - Heritage of the People's Europe (co-financed by the European Commission). It gives accesss to digital collections of thirteen IALHI members - over 900.000 digital objects (archives, books, brochures, leaflets, photographs, posters, prints, cartoons, sound, films and videos). We hope to include more collections and more IALHI member institutions!
The design and development of the Social History Portal is one of the results of the project "Heritage of the People's Europe" (HOPE), co-funded by the European Union through the ICT Policy Support Programme (2010-2013).

Social History News

The Social History Portal News Service is an initiative of the IALHI and shares academic information in the field of social and labour history. It distributes information about upcoming conferences, calls for papers, announcements of publications, book reviews, conference reports, news on collections, exhibitions, new websites, etc. Once a month, the News Service sends out a newsletter by email, which includes a table of contents of all messages published. To subscribe, click here.

More IALHI Resources

Besides the digital collections in the Social History Portal and the Social and Labour History News Service, IALHI and its members offer more resources on social and labour history, such as a source publication on the 1917 Stockholm Peace Conference, a collection of 1,200 digitized documents by and on the Rote Armee Fraktion and a database with close to 4.000 tables of contents of issues of labour history periodicals.