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Atlanta Labor Council records

Identifier: L1990-21

Scope and Contents of the Records

Atlanta Labor Council records [accession L1990-21] primarily comprise printed material, including reports, periodicals, pamphlets and posters, and newspaper clippings, 1967-1990 (bulk 1963-1980). The records also include correspondence, constitutions, contracts, proceedings, and convention materials. The materials document the Atlanta Labor Council and the activities of its president, Richard Ray, as well as other organizations including the Private Industry Council of Atlanta; the Georgia State AFL-CIO; the AFL-CIO and its Committee on Political Education; the American Flint Glass Workers Union; the International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink and Distillery Workers; and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Other organizations documented include the United Way and the Democratic Socialists of America. The records are organized in 11 series.


  • Creation: 1965-1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1967 - 1980


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.

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Historical Note about the Atlanta Labor Council

The Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO, consists of local unions from the metropolitan area including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, and Forsyth counties. The Atlanta Labor Council was formed following the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Prior to the merger, the functions of a local central labor body were performed by the Atlanta Industrial Union Council and the Atlanta Federation of Trades.

The full-time staff of the Atlanta Labor Council includes the president and an office secretary. In addition to the president, the officers include the recording-corresponding secretary, the financial secretary-treasurer, the chairman of the board of trustees, and 15 vice-presidents. These 19 officers make up the council's executive council. All of these officers come from the leadership of the affiliated local unions.

The Atlanta Labor Council undertakes many projects for the benefit of organized labor including political education, lobbying, organizing the unorganized, coordinating funds drives, conducting union education, public relations, and numerous community involvement programs.


5 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes)

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The Atlanta Labor Council was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Atlanta Federation of Trades, AFL, and the Atlanta Industrial Union Council, CIO. Its records are composed of proceedings, constitutions, contracts, convention materials, periodicals, pamphlets, and printed material of the Atlanta Labor Council and affiliated organizations, 1965-1990 (bulk 1967-1980).


The records are arranged into eleven series:

  1. Series I: American Flint Glass Workers Union AFL-CIO, 1967-1990
  2. Series II: United Way, 1980s
  3. Series III: AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE), 1975-1977
  4. Series IV: Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1969-1986
  5. Series V: AFL-CIO, International, 1969-1986
  6. Series VI: Private Industry Council (Atlanta, Ga.), 1980s
  7. Series VII: Atlanta Labor Council, 1981-1983
  8. Series VIII: Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), 1979
  9. Series IX: Democratic Socialists of America, 1980-1983
  10. Series X: U.S. Department of Labor and Georgia Department of Labor, 1974-1983
  11. Series XI: General labor print materials and publications

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Richard Ray, December 1990.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Special Collections staff, 1990. This finding aid was created using an inventory created at the time of accession and some inaccuracies may be present.

Atlanta Labor Council [L1990-21]:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Carley Henderson
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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