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Agnes Burns Wieck Papers

Identifier: LP001476

Scope and Content

The Agnes Burns Wieck Papers consists primarily of correspondence with her family and labor activists, articles written by Ms. Wieck and her husband and other material reflecting her involvement with the Illinois Women's Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America. Some of the folders contain her son, David Thoreau Wieck's notes on their contents.

Important subjects in the collection: Coal miners--Illinois Illinois Workers’ Alliance Progressive Miners of America Progressive Miners of America--Illinois Women’s Auxiliary Women in the labor movement Women’s rights--United States

Important correspondents in the collection: Jane Addams Hank Mayer Douglas B. Anderson A. J. Muste Mary Anderson Bette Norman Jack Battuello Loren Norman Eugene V. Debs Tom Tippett Katie DeRorre Mary Van Kleeck Robert M. Lovett David Thoreau Wieck Ada Mayer Edward A. Wieck


  • 1908 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Agnes Burns Wieck was born on January 4, 1892 to a coal mining family in Sandoval, Illinois. In 1915, she trained as an organizer for the Women's Trade Union League and married coal miner and union activist Edward A. Wieck in 1921. A few years later, she joined the staff of the Illinois Miner, beginning a long career in journalism. During the 1932 strike that led to the formation of the Progressive Miners of America, Ms. Wieck became involved in the founding of the organization's Illinois Women's Auxiliary and was subsequently elected its first president. The Auxiliary dissolved within two years, however, when the United Mine Workers rejected a proposal to form a national women's auxiliary. In 1934, Agnes Wieck moved to New York City with her husband, where she remained active in the labor and women's movements as editor of The Woman Today. She died on October 22, 1966.


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Labor activist and journalist Agnes Burns Wieck served as an organizer for the Women's Trade Union League, and was a founder and president of the Progressive Miners of America (PMA) Illinois Women's Auxiliary. Ms. Burns Wieck's papers document her work as an advocate for women's rights and the labor movement, particularly concerning the Illinois PMA Women's Auxiliary.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Related Material

Edward A. Wieck Papers


A few photographs and a button have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

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