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Service Employees International Union, Southern Region records

 Collection
Identifier: L1973-40

Socpe and Contents of the Records

The Service Employees International Union, Southern Region records (1940-1945; 1951-1975) consists of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, legal documents, contract negotiation materials, leaflets, expense reports, newspaper clippings, National Labor Relations Board decisions, circulars, and assorted printed materials. During most of the 1950s and 1960s the SEIU Southern Region was led by Val Cox who generated or received much of the material, but the records also include material generated by International President David Sullivan and other International Union officers. Of particular note are materials detailing the SEIU's interaction with both the Atlanta Army Depot (Fort McPherson) and the Tennessee Valley Authority. These records were generated by the Southern Region, but they include material relating to locals all over the United States.

This collection is an amalgamation of seven smaller accessions that were processed and described separately.

Dates

  • 1940-1945; 1951-1975

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.

Historical Note

In 1921, the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) was chartered by the American Federation of Labor. its first members were janitors, elevator operators, and window washers. Membership increased significantly with a 1934 strike in New York City's Garment District. Growth from organizing new members, and affiliating with other unions, and mergers with other unions resulted in a membership working in industries well beyond BSEIU's initial boundaries. In 1968, the Union name was officially changed to Service Employees International Union. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents health care workers, government workers, and property services workers (food, janitorial, and security services). In the 1980s it absorbed the International Jewelry Workers Union, the Drug, Hospital, and Health Care Employees Union (Local 1199), and the Health and Human Services Workers.

Extent

19.6 Linear Feet (in 47 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents health care workers, government workers, and property services workers (food, janitorial and security services). Formed in 1921 as the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) as part of the AFL, the union changed its name in 1968. The Service Employees International Union, Southern Region records (1940-1945; 1951-1975) consists of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, legal documents, contract negotiation materials, leaflets, expense reports, newspaper clippings, National Labor Relations Board decisions, circulars, and assorted printed materials.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Service Employees International Union, Southern Region, courtesy of Val Cox: July 9, 1973 (L1973-40); January 28, 1974 (L1974-05); April 23, 1974 (L1974-22); November 18, 1974 (L1974-45); 1975 (L1975-05, L1975-26); 1976 (L1976-03).

Online Availability

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For contracts, see either the Building Services Employees International Union contracts collection finding aid or the Service Employees International Union contracts collection finding aid. For proceedings or contracts and agreement, consult archivist.

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. Publications on various topics (see finding aid)

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photographic Collection

  1. 5 photographs and 7 photographic negatives (may be available in Digital Collections). Please see Southern Labor Archives Photographs collection finding aid.

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Contracts and Agreements Collection

  1. Numerous collective bargaining contracts for both the SEIU and BSEIU are available in their respective Contracts finding aids (L-Contracts_SEIU and L-Contracts_BSEIU)

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws Collection

  1. Constitutions from various SEIU locals, BSEIU locals, and the SEIU International (consult archivist)

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. Proceedings from various state and national conventions and events (consult archivist)

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Numerous periodicals from various local, state, and international labor organizations including issues of BSEIU Leadership News, BSEIU Public Service News, Service Employee, and Service Union Reporter (see finding aid or library catalog)

Processing Information

This collection is an amalgamation of seven smaller accessions that were processed and described separately before being combined for ease of use. Inventoried by Robert Dinwiddie (1974) and Alice Gernazian (1977).

Each series (I-VII) is comprised of one individual accession (L1973-40, L1974-05, L1974-22, L1974-45, L1975-05, 1975-26, L1976-03).

This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aids. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
Title
Service Employees International Union, Southern Region:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1974, 1977
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: Apex Data Services created an EAD finding aids for Series I-IV.
  • 2005, 2007: EAD revised by William Hardesty.
  • 2011: EAD for Series V-VII created by Hal Hansen from Legacy finding aids.
  • January 2016: Finding aids combined into single EAD by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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