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.


IALHI's 2018 Annual Conference will be held 12-15 September at the new premises of the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Milan, Italy.

The theme of the conference: The Sources of ’68.

The call for papers and participation has been released.

The preliminary program and registration form are now online.


IALHI is looking for one Board member and for a new President, both of whom will be elected by the General Assembly in Milan, Italy, held in the context of the next IALHI Conference (September 12-15, 2018).

  1. Call for candidates to fill in 1 vacant place in the Board. The General Assembly and current Board would like to welcome a person from an institute that has the capacity to host a future IALHI conference. Additionally, IALHI members from Spanish speaking countries, Africa or Asia are especially encouraged to apply for this position. Board members serve for a 5-year mandate.
  2. Call for candidates to the presidency of IALHI. The president, who serves for 5 years with possibility of renewal, presides over the Board, represents the organization externally, ensures the organization and functioning of the General Assembly, and is responsible for the conservation of the archives of the Association. After the mandate period, he/she shall deposit the archival material of the Association from the period in the International Institute of Social History (IISH).

Board members and the President gather twice a year: during the IALHI conference in September, and in February. IALHI does not have the financial capacity to pay travel expenses for Board members or President, but it offers the possibility, for those who cannot attend Board meetings in person, to be present remotely via Skype.

If you are interested, please send an email to: info[at]ialhi.org before January 31, 2018, together with a motivation letter. For further information, do not hesitate to contact the executive assistant of IALHI, Adriano Habed: adriano.habed[at]iisg.nl

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 new web portal socialhistoryportal.org. This portal was developed within the project HOPE - Heritage of the People's Europe (co-financed by the European Commission). The portal 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). In the near future, 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).

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.