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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers oral histories

Identifier: L-OH_IAMAW

Scope and Contents

Georgia State University Library, Special Collections Department holds over 70 oral history interviews with retirees, members, and leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Most of the interviews have been conducted by IAMAW Grand Lodge personel or Southern Labor Archives Staff. Many of the interviews have been transcribed.


  • Creation: 1986, 2003, 2011-2019


Restrictions on Access

Access to some interviews restricted. See notes in Contents List for access details.

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.

History of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Originally founded in Atlanta in 1888 as a trade union for railroad machinists, today the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represents workers in a large and diverse number of fields. Over the course of the 20th century the machinists moved from representing railroad workers to machinists and others working for airlines and the aerospace industry.


70 item(s) (70 oral history interviews)

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Acquisition Information

Interviews created by IAMAW and the Southern Labor Archives.

Digital Access

Many of these oral histories are available online at Georgia State University Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Georgia State University Library is the official repository for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the collection includes the Grand Lodge records as well as numerous Local and District Lodges. Please see the GSU Digital Collections includes complete, full-text runs of the Machinist Monthly Journal and the Machinists Newspaper available in GSU Digital Collections as well as numerous photographs and local publications from both the US and Canada.

Processing Information

Interviews processed by Special Collections and Digital Library Services staff.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers:
A Guide to the Oral Histories at Georgia State University Library
In Progress
Hal Hansen
September 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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