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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.


  • Creation: 1946, 1968, 1973


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.

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.

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
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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