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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.


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


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.
This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

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).

Off-Site Storage

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

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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Revision Statements

  • July 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)