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Mary Lynn Walker American Federation of Government Employees collection

Identifier: L2005-03

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Lynn Walker collection includes newspaper articles from The Nashville Banner (May, 1975) discussing Walker's representation of Frank Guzman (accussed of accepting money as a conflict of interest), a Wall Street Jounral article discussing age discrimination in government employment, Congressional Record proceedings and debates of the 93rd Congress tribute to John Griner (former President of the American Federation of Government Employees), handbill for Mary Lynn Walker speaking engagement, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) collective bargaining report (Vol.1 No.3, October, 1979), AFGE and AFL-CIO unfair labor practice policy and guideline.


  • 1974-1975, 1979


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Mary Lynn Walker

Mary Lynn Walker was born on June 2, 1937 in Brooks, Fayette County, Georgia into a large farming family of fifteen children. After marriage, Walker graduated from Smith-Hughes Vocational School in Fayette County in 1955. She began her work with the labor movement while employed at the Atlanta Army Depot, becoming very active in the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in 1968. During her stint with the AFGE, Walker held executive positions never before realized by a woman including the 14th District National Representative, the Director of Organizing, and the National Vice President for the 5th District. Walker has received numerous awards for her work with unions including the Labor Leader of the Year 2001 and for the work she did as a magistrate for the Supreme Court in Virginia from 1985-1991.


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Mary Lynn Walker, a Georgia native, became very active in the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in the late 1960s and rose to executive positons never before held by a female. The Mary Lynn Walker collection contains documents and newspaper articles chronicling labor employment issues such as unfair labor practices, age discrimination, and improper loans of government employment.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Lynn Walker, 2005.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. National Federation of Federal Employees records, 1917-2005 (L2004-02)
  2. National Federation of Federal Employees records, circa 1910-2007 (L2008-02)
  3. Józef J. Drozdowski collection, circa 1990s-2000s (L2014-13)

Processing Information

Processed by Carley Henderson at the item level, May 2014.
Mary Lynn Walker American Federation of Government Employees:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
May 2014
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Revision Statements

  • May 2014: Finding Aid created by Carley Henderson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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