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Matt Lynch collection

Identifier: L1988-10

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of an assortment of documents regarding Matthew Lynch’s career in labor organization, including general, union, and political correspondence reports, and materials, assorted newspaper clippings, newsletters, conference notes, organization identification cards and badges, photographs, and assorted awards and commendations.


  • 1950-1980


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 require

Biographical Note

Matthew Lynch (1912-1981) was a prominent spokesperson and lobbyist for the labor movement in Tennessee. He began his career in organized labor as young hosiery worker in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After graduating the Chattanooga College of Law in 1934, he worked as a CIO organizer, and later served as the first treasurer of the Tennessee AFL-CIO after its 1956 creation. In 1946, he became executive director of the Tennessee Industrial Union Council, serving as president of its successor, the Tennessee State Labor Council, from 1963 until 1979.


11.75 Linear Feet (in 9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Matt Lynch collection consists of materials regarding Lynch's history of labor organization and reform throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, including his presidency of the Tennessee Labor Council.

Off-site Storage

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. Matt Lynch, March 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Staff at the box level, 2017. This collection has received minimum standards attention, to allow for access and preservation, but without any extensive re-housing or description. This finding aid may be updated.
Matt Lynch:
A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
November 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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