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Factory Investigating Commission

This collection consists of photographs and textual documents created as part of the Factory Investigating Commission’s inspection of factory conditions in New York State.  This commission was established as a result of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that killed 145 employees, mostly women and girls.  The commission’s work revealed unsafe and unsanitary conditions in numerous factories, such as poor lighting, poor ventilation, and lack of cleanliness in work areas. 

These materials come from the following record series:

A3029 Glass plate negatives and photographic prints of factory and housing conditions, 1911-1912, New York State Factory Investigating Commission

A3000 General Wage Investigation data cards, 1912-1914, New York State Factory Investigating Commission

A3017 Background report on Buffalo department stores employees strike, 1913, New York State Factory Investigating Commission

A3010 Lists of businesses, occupations, and code numbers used in the Wage Investigation, [ca. 1913-1914], New York State Factory Investigating Commission

A3011 Wage investigation planning and research files, 1913-1914, New York State Factory Investigating Commission

A3023 Press clippings concerning Commission activities, 1911, 1913-1914, New York State Factory Investigating Commission

Please note that only a portion of these series have been included in this digital collection. Other items exist that are not available online. For more information about this collection or to learn about Factory Investigating Commission records not represented in the Digital Collections, please contact our office.

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