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Thomas D. Archer collection

Identifier: L1984-37

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection contains correspondence to Thomas D. Archer from United States Senators Max Cleland and Sam Nunn (Georgia), and Senator Walter Mondale (Minnesota); Archer's International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) membership book (1943-1947); a brief history of Archer's life and achievements; and photographs. The photographs depict members attending the 1968 IUOE International Convention in Miami (Fla.), Archer receiving lifetime service award from IUOE Local 926 (Atlanta, Ga.), and a IUOE local 926 training site.


  • 1946, 1968, 1973


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 Thomas D. Archer

Thomas D. Archer was born in 1917, in Washington County, Georgia. He began working as a heavy equipment operator at the age of eighteen and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer in the fall of 1941. He volunteered for overseas duty on December, 8 1941 and served in the South Pacific. He took part in the major campaigns of Brittish New Guinea, Dutch New Guinea, Mortier and Luzon of the Philippines. Technical Sergeant Archer was awarded the Bronze Star for Gallantry In Action in the Luzon Campaign. He completed his education while in the service and was discharged in 1945.

Archer moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1946 and continued working in the construction field as an operator. He joined The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 (Atlanta, Ga.) in September of 1946, serving as the local's Business Agent in 1946 and being elected Business Manager in 1950. Under his guidance, Local 926 grew to membership in excess of fifteen hundred.

Archer served as President of the North Georgia Building Trades Council from 1952-1980. He was elected Trustee of the National Board of Operating Engineers Pension Fund in 1956. In 1973 Archer was selected as Labor Leader of the Year. He died in 1990.

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) was founded in 1896, it currently represents roughly 400,000 workers in approximately 170 local unions and operates nearly 100 apprenticeship programs.


0.05 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials



Mr. Thomas D. Archer joined The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 926 in 1946 and was elected the Business Manager of the local in 1950. The Thomas D. Archer Collection includes correspondence, photographs, Archer's IUOE membership booklet (1943-1947) and a brief history of his life and achievements.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tommy Archer, 1984.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in this Repository

  1. International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 926 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1927-1971 (L1973-24)
  2. International Union of Operating Engineers Contract Collection, 1952-1995 (L-Contracts_IUOE)

Processing Information

Processed by Carley Henderson at the file level May 2014.
Thomas D. Archer:
A Guide to his Collection at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • May 2014: Electronic finding aid created by Carley Henderson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)