Missouri State Archives
Bureau of Labor and Statistics - The Red Book
First published in 1879, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Annual Report serves as a resource for providing information about Missouri's history of industry and labor. The annual report became known as "The Red Book" due to the red cover of the early volumes, although the later editions are much smaller and are no longer bound with red covers.
This collection is comprised of annual reports dating from 1879 to 2004. These reports detail the history of labor in the state of Missouri. Information on a wide variety of subjects including child labor, convict labor, unionized labor, coal mining, and statistics relating to labor during the World Wars can be found in these reports. There are chronological gaps in the series, most notably a large gap in the middle of the Twentieth Century spanning the years of 1965 through 1974.
Rights and Reproductions
Copyright is in the public domain. Please see the citations portion of the Missouri State Archives website for reference citations.
How to Use This Collection
The best way to access these volumes is to browse to the correct year(s) and then browse the table of contents or keyword search within the volume using the search box in the upper left of the viewer. An advanced search across all volumes is also available using the search button below.
State publications and databases may be located under the Government and Political Records heading on the MDH Collections page. Additional state publications are available from the Missouri Historical Documents Browser at the University of Missouri-Columbia.