April 23, 2016 by jillclever
There are many special collections in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library system and one of the most special is the Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room. Named for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s mother, the room makes local labor history come alive with books and memorabilia. The Congresswoman was instrumental in bringing this room into being. The room’s collection focuses on the Northwest Ohio and Detroit areas but also contains national and some international materials.
The room is a gorgeous, wood-paneled room with glass front book shelves for holding the collections. Materials housed there include copies of local periodicals such as the Toledo Union Journal, union stamps from several unions, annual reports of Northwest Ohio companies, dissertations and much more.
In 2014 TLCPL’s Labor History Room was awarded the John Sessions Memorial Award from the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association in 2014. This award is given annually to library that promotes labor history through collections, programming and the like.
In 2009 a group called Labor Loves the Library was formed to raise funds to purchase materials for the Labor History Room. There is now an annual fundraiser which brings together union and political leaders from all over the area to the library to celebrate this unique feature of the library.
Come visit the Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room on your next visit to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. The room is housed on the third floor of the Main Library in the Local History and Genealogy Department.