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National Federation of Federal Employees records

 Collection
Identifier: L2008-02

Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection consists of the papers and records of Abraham Orlofsky, secretary/treasurer and historian of the National Federation of Federal Employees for many years. Included in these records are: research, convention proceedings, resolutions, constitutions, bylaws, agreements, reports, charters, research materials, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials and files from the executive council. These materials pertain to the history of the union, many of its members, and the union's representation of federal civil service employees and provide documentation of the day-to-day activities of a national union. Also included is the official publication, Federal Employee.

Dates

  • circa 1910-circa 2007

Creator

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.

History of the National Federation of Federal Employees

In 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) was established at a convention in Washington, DC. Florence Ethridge presented the resolution to form NFFE as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). A week later AFL issued NFFE's charter. NFFE is one of the oldest unions in the United States to represent federal civil service employees. Their first National President was H.M. McLarin. He was succeeded by Luther C. Steward, who served as president for 37 years. For much of the 20th century, NFFE was the single biggest proponent of the civil service merit system. Many privileges federal employees enjoy today came as a direct result of NFFE pioneering the cause. Retirement benefits and the "equal pay for equal work" classification system are largely due to NFFE's efforts. NFFE was originally chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL), but left it in December 1931. In 1999, NFFE affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, making them part of the AFL-CIO once again. Over the 20th century, NFFE has been working hard to defend workers’ rights in the federal sector upholding their slogan: "We Work for America Everyday."

Extent

33.75 Linear Feet (in 27 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

In 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) was established at a convention in Washington, DC. In 1999, NFFE affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The collection consists of the papers and records of Abraham Orlofsky, secretary/treasurer and historian of the National Federation of Federal Employees for many years. Included in these records are: historic research, convention proceedings, resolutions, constitutions, bylaws, agreements, reports, charters, research materials, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials and files from the executive council.

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 the National Federation of Federal Employees, 2008.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. National Federation of Federal Employees records, 1917-2005 (L2004-02)
  2. Józef J. Drozdowski collection, circa 1990s-2000s (L2014-13)
  3. Mary Lynn Walker American Federation of Government Employees collection, 1974-1975, 1979 (L2005-03)

Processing Information

Processed by Christy Atkins at the box level, Fall 2013.
Title
National Federation of Federal Employees:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • Fall 2014: Electronic finding aid created by John Thompson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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