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Georgia AFL-CIO Journal of Labor photograph collection

Identifier: L2004-01A

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Georgia AFL-CIO Journal of Labor photograph collection, 1974-1992 (bulk 1980-1992), consists of images created or obtained for the official Georgia State AFL-CIO newspaper. Folders are in their original order. The photographs and negatives document conventions, strikes and other job actions, political events and rallies, social occasions, and other events that reflect the organization and its work. Georgia State AFL-CIO officers President Herb Mabry, Secretary Martha True, and Secretary-Treasurer (later President) Richard Ray are depicted, as are other notable figures in the labor community, including Joe Jacobs, Al Kehrer, and Charlie Key. Events include state AFL-CIO conventions, Labor Awards dinners, Solidarity Day parades and events, Georgia State University Labor Archives events and lectures, AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (C.O.P.E) events, and civil rights functions, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parades and A. Philip Randolph Institute functions.

This collection includes photographs depicting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) strike against Eastern Airlines in 1989. The Eastern Airlines strike photographs consist of picket line scenes, Reverend Jesse Jackson’s support of the strike, and the participation of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Other strikes depicted in this collection include the 1987 National Football League players’ strike, the Amalgamated Transit Union strike against Greyhound Lines Inc., United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) strike against Foote and Davies Company (Atlanta, Ga.), the Communication Workers of America (CWA) strike against Western Electric Company, and the J.P Stevens boycott campaign.

Political events documented in the photographs include the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, 1984 and 1988, as well as the 1988 Democratic National Convention, held in Atlanta; campaigns for Georgia’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ben Jones and Congressman John Lewis; and state-level campaigns, such as Bo Ginn’s campaign for governor in 1982, and Joe Tanner’s for Georgia Labor Commissioner. The photographs depict numerous other political figures, including Zell Miller, Andrew Young, and Maynard Jackson. Civil rights leaders appearing in the photographs include Coretta Scott King and Rev. James Orange.

Some Unions represented in this collection include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 613, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) local 1790 and 2590, Communication Workers of America (CWA), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Local 85, Georgia State Employees Association (GSEA) Local 1985, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 387, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (AWIU) Local 48, and United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada Local 72.


  • Creation: 1974-1992
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 1992


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of the Journal of Labor

The Journal of Labor, based in Atlanta, was published 1898-1993. Founded by the Atlanta Federation of Trades, the periodical was later the official newspaper of the Georgia Federation of Labor and its successor, the Georgia State AFL-CIO. Publication ceased with the issue dated April 23, 1993. The journal chronicled labor events throughout Georgia including meetings and conventions, politics, social events, pickets, and strikes.


9.17 Linear Feet (in 14 boxes)

Language of Materials



Founded in Atlanta in 1898, the Journal of Labor documented the labor movement in Georgia. The Journal of Labor Photograph Collection, 1974-1992 (bulk 1980-1992), consists of photographic prints and negatives depicting labor functions, political events, pickets, strikes, conventions, social events, and campaigns. During the period covered by the collection, The Journal was the official newspaper of the Georgia State AFL-CIO, which ceased its publication in early 1993.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Georgia State AFL-CIO, courtesy of Richard Ray, 2004 as part of L2004-01 (Georgia State AFL-CIO records). The Journal of Labor photographs were removed and processed as a separate collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Kata and Southern Labor Archives staff, 2004, and Carley Handerson, March 2014.

Georgia State AFL-CIO Journal of Labor:
A Guide to the Photograph Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
March 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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