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Missile launching out of the ocean from the Air Force Missile Test Center, Patrick AFB, Florida (L2004-11), 1960s

 File — Box: 176, Folder: 12
Identifier: Series IX:

cope and Content of the Series

From the Series: The photographs span the years 1940 to 1985 with the bulk of the photographs dating from 1952-1985. The first subseries consists of studio portraits of Mr. Usery, which date between 1969 and 1979. The second subseries consists of W. J. Usery's union related activities as Special Representative (1954-1956) and Grand Lodge Representative (1956-1969) of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The third subseries consists of government related images from Usery's years of service to the United States government. The fourth subseries relates to Bill Usery Associates.

The earliest images in the collection are copy photographs of early aviation. A few early images relate to his career as a Navy welder during World War II and as a maintenance machinist in the early 1950s. The IAM images consist of Machinist officials, banquets, speeches, negotiation meetings, union agreement signings, Machinists Leadership School, Grand Lodge Conventions, Kennedy Space Center strike, government and work-related photographs of Atlas and Polaris missile launches at Patrick Air Force Base, Saturn 5 rocket preparations, and the Apollo space program.

Government images consist of awards, banquets, contracts, dedications, exhibitions, graduation ceremonies, industrial arbitration, legislative hearings, meetings, negotiations, oaths, parties, receptions, speaking and vacations. Notable persons include Buz Aldrin, Gerald Ford, George Meany, Richard Nixon, Charles Schultz, Roy Siemiller, as well as numerous British and German labor leaders. Notable organizations include Airline Employees Association, National Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and the Presidential Emergency Board.

There are also photographs related to the Bill Usery Associates which contain photographs related to building dedications, conferences, speaking engagements, and Mr. Usery's business trips to Japan and Brazil.

  • Series 1: Career with the International Association of Machinists, 1940, 1946-1969, has 366 related images.
  • Series 2: Career with the U.S. Federal Government, 1969-1977, has 750 related images.
  • Series 3: Bill Usery Associates, 1977-1985, has 282 related images.
  • Undated images include Usery portraits.

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.


  • 1960s

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.


From the Series: 3.75 Linear Feet (2,408 photographs in 9 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

General Physical Description note

11" x 14" black and white photograph


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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