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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.


  • Creation: 1950-1980


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

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

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

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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