Business and Labor
New York State has long been at the center of American business, finance, and organized labor. Records of State government agencies, business enterprises, and labor unions help to document centuries of economic growth and change.
Business and Labor Records in the State Archives
The State Archives holds records relating to state regulation of certain types of business, court proceedings involving business firms, and labor relations in the public sector.
The following finding aids describe a variety of business and labor records in the State Archives:
- The Guide to the Records of the New York State Factory Investigating Commission
- The Lusk Committee: A Guide to the Records of the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities
- Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) Grievance Tracking System
- Tobacco Industry Records Held by the New York State Archives Provides an overview of the records of the Center for Tobacco Research and the Tobacco Institute, two trade groups whose records were turned over to the New York State Office of the Attorney General as part of a legal settlement.
Visit the Guides to Historical Records section of the Publications area to obtain a HTML accessible format, PDF, or print copy of any of these publications.
Look for the Union Label provides a sampling of the labels from the early part of the last century.
You can continue your search for Business and Labor records by searching Excelsior, the online catalog of the New York State Archives and State Library.
Business and Labor Records available throughout the State
Find out if an business institution has an archives by using the New York State Historical Records Repository Directory or the Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada
Find out if a business archives has a web site and/or online catalog by searching the New York listing in Repositories of Primary Sources
You can continue your search for Business and Labor records by searching the Historic Documents Inventory, the statewide section of Excelsior.