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Graphic Communications International Union Local 527-S (Atlanta, Ga.) records

Identifier: L2009-12

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains a variety of documentation of the GCIU Local 527-S's activities. Included are assorted contracts, negotiations, agreements, proposals, settlements, union organization, general correspondence, business correspondence, union correspondence, government correspondence, grievances, and arbitrations. Also included is specific documentation of the GCIU's Health and Welfare Benefits program.


  • Creation: 1970s-2000s


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Access to materials with personal or sensitive information in boxes 62-66 is restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

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

Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU), Local 527-S (Atlanta, Ga.) was founded in 1946. Originally a local of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America (IPPAU), it was known as Atlanta Printing Specialties and Paper Products Union, Local 527. Following several mergers of printing industry unions, the GCIU formed in 1983. Since the GCIU's 2005 merger with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the local has been known as Graphic Communications Conference/Teamsters Local 527-S. Ralph Meers has served as president of Local 527-S for many years.


82.5 Linear Feet (in 66 boxes)

Language of Materials



The records of Graphic Communications International Union, Local 527-S (Atlanta, Georgia) document negotiations, contracts and agreements, proposals, settlements, grievances, and arbitrations, 1970s-2000s. The records represent activities throughout the southeast and relations with assorted businesses and government organizations.


The records retain their original order.

Offsite Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ralph Meers on behalf of Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 527-S, January 11, 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by John Thompson and Christy Atkins at the box level, Spring 2014.

Graphic Communications International Union, Local 527-S (Atlanta, Ga.):
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
Spring 2014
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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