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A Wealth of Triangle Fire Material

New York Times, March 26, 1911This Friday, March 25, is the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. This month, the New York Times’ City Room blog has been posting fascinating stories, photos, videos and archival material related to the fire and its impact.

There are profiles of individuals like Frances Perkins, Alfred E. Smith, and Robert F. Wagner who rose to prominence in the wake of the tragedy; scans of newspapers’ coverage of the fire, along with an analysis of how advancements in photojournalism and printing facilitated the dissemination of images of the tragedy, which helped to galvanize the public on the side of workers and unions; a piece about the NYU science labs that now occupy one of the floors of the building where the Triangle factory was located; and even a look at the factory’s eponymous garment, the American shirtwaist.

See all of the Triangle fire posts here »