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International Woodworkers of America, Southern States Region records

Identifier: L1992-10

Scope and Contents of the Records

The International Woodworkers of America, Southern States Region records, 1940s-1980s, consists mostly of administrative files including weekly and monthly reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, legal records, convention materials, and contract information materials.


  • 1940s-1980s


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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Historical Note about the International Woodworkers of America

The International Woodworkers of America (IWA) was an industrial union of lumbermen, sawmill workers, timber transportation workers and others formed in 1937. The IWA was formed when members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America voted to disaffiliate their local unions from the Carpenters and form their own union, which subsequently affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The IWA's membership reached as high as 115,000 in the early 1970s, but in the 1980s, raids, mergers and anti-union actions by employers decimated the IWA's membership. The IWA leadership felt the union was no longer viable on its own and on May 1, 1994, the IWA merged with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to form the IAM's Woodworkers Department.


106.25 Linear Feet (in 85 boxes)

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International Woodworkers of America, Southern States Region, served as an administrative hub for all the Woodworkers locals throughout the Southeastern United States. The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal documents, weekly work reports, minutes, notes and proposals of contract negotiations, correspondence, and administration files representing numerous IWA branches and locals.

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 International Woodworkers of America, Southern States Region, courtesy of Randall Rice, March 1992.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. International Woodworkers of America contracts collection, 1938-1970 (L-Contracts_IWA)
  2. International Woodworkers of America, District 4 records, 1943-1959 (L1973-22)
  3. International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51 (Louisville, Ky.) records, 1951-1968 (L1973-60)

Processing Information

Processed by John Thompson and Christy Atkins at the box level, Spring 2014.
International Woodworkers of America, Southern States Region:
A Guide to The Records at Georgia State University Library
Finding aid prepared by Georgia State University Library
Fall 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • Fall 2014.: EAD created by John Thompson.
  • January 2016: EAD edited by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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