Labor Day, celebrated this year on September 3, is the national holiday during which we pay tribute to the social and economic contributions of American workers. The American workforce is a focus of some of the research conducted by graduate students at the University of Missouri and documented in theses and dissertations available in MOspace, the University of Missouri institutional repository. Below are examples of theses and dissertations from a range of departments which feature informative perspectives on the economic and social progress of the labor movement and focus on the expanding workforce in American society.
- Coberly, Beverly A. Age generations in the workplace: an organization system type and space use preference system analysis. 2017. (Architectural Studies)
- Christ, Stephen R. Social organization of authenticity in Mexican restaurants. 2015. (Sociology)
- Hodges, Leslie. Three essays on the labor market determinants of access to employee benefits. 2017. (Public Administration)
- Kateman, Michael. Three tears for the red, white, and blue: self-realization of racial identity as a higher education administrator. 2017. (Education)
- Lewis, William G. Valley of industry: developing a regional economy in the post Jefferson’s Embargo Ohio Valley. 2014. (History)
- Liu, Yandi. Two empirical analyses of the minimum wage impacts on employment. 2015. (Economics)
- McClellan, Meghan. Visual humor: female photographers and modern American womanhood, 1860-1915. 2017. (Art History and Archaeology)
- Phillips, Angela Lee. Labor union communication: effect of labor media on local union vote choice. 2015. (Communication)
- Sankey, Marcia. Rural Missouri high school principals’ perceptions of highly effective teachers: does it align with national research? 2017 (Education)
- Shi, Shishan. Three essays on educator labor markets: evidence from Missouri public schools. 2013. (Economics)
- Snodgrass, William M. Order in the marketplace: commercial organizations in antebellum St. Louis. 2013. (History)
In MOspace you also will find older theses and dissertations. We are adding these as part of an ongoing project to digitize and provide online access to pre-1978 theses and dissertations. An interesting example is a 1915 thesis from the Department of Sociology. As part of this thesis, University of Missouri student Mabel Griffith researched the working conditions of women in the laundry industry in Columbia. In her study, Griffith surveyed thirty-one women in the laundry industry. She benefited from access to pay-roll records in order to tell the story of the work and home life of these wage-earning women. Read more in Women in the laundry industry in Columbia.
Learn more by checking out these and other theses and dissertations in MOspace.
What do Mark Twain, George Washington Carver, and President Harry Truman have in common? That’s right – they all called Missouri home! However, these are not the only interesting individuals from the Show Me State. Have you ever heard of George Clinton Swallow? Dr. Swallow served as Missouri’s first state geologist and MU’s first Dean of the College of Agriculture. In fact, Swallow Hall was renamed in his honor in 1930! How about General David Rice Atchison? General Atchison questionably claims to have served as acting President of the United States for 24 hours before Zachary Taylor was inaugurated in 1849!
Find these people and others in the newly digitized United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men: Missouri volume, originally published in 1878 by the United States Biographical Publishing Company. As noted in the Preface, “this volume, containing about six hundred double-column pages of letterpress, interspersed with numerous fine steel portraits, durably and elegantly bound, will be deeply interesting to thousands of the best families of this· great and growing State.”
The title is accurate, unfortunately, and you will not find biographies of women in this volume. There are references to mothers, wives, and daughters and we learn, for instance, that The Rev. W. Benton Farr’s daughter, Cora H., “is one of the best female mathematicians in the State.”
Embrace part of Missouri’s history and find out about people who made contributions, both large and small, to our shared heritage though this title and many more in the MU Digital Library!
A 15th-century book of hours from Venice, Italy has been digitized and is now available in the MU Digital Library. Books of hours would have been familiar to most members of the middle and upper classes by the late Middle Ages. These devotional books have as their central text the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin, a shortened version of the daily cycle of Christian devotions called the Divine Office. This book of hours also includes more specialized prayers and litanies relating to the Virgin Mary. The original, which was possibly made as early as 1450, is in the Ellis Library Special Collections Department. It is about 3.7 inches in height and is 330 pages long.
In addition to papers and presentations from MU faculty, students, and staff, MOspace now includes many MU publications issued by departments. Recently, the Cambio Center Collection was greatly expanded. The MU Cambio Center, as noted on their website, “leads research and outreach on Latinos and changing communities.” In MOspace, you will find conference papers, eBriefs, and other Cambio Center publications. The University Libraries will continue to work with the Cambio Center to add new publications to MOspace.
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