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Atlanta Typographical Union records

 Collection
Identifier: L1971-02

Scope and Content of the records

The records, 1895-1939; 1948-1970, of the Atlanta Typographical Union, Local 48, consist of correspondence, minutes, financial documents, and printed material. They illuminate in detail the activities of the local -- membership campaigns, internal judicial and business matters, dealings with the Atlanta Typothetae and individual employers, and strikes and lockouts. Much of the strike material concerns a series of strikes from 1921 to 1932 to obtain shorter work hours. The fight for the 44-hour week from 1921 to 1926 is recorded at length. The records during the years 1930-1939 reveal how the union suffered severe effects from the Great Depression. Included among the correspondents are American Federation of Labor President William Green; International Typographical Union Presidents William Prescott, John McFarland, James Lynch, Charles Howard, and Claude Baker; Atlanta Typographical Union President W. M. Fudge and Secretary Walter Grant; and Tom Watson, former U.S. Senator and Populist candidate for President.

Dates

  • 1895-1939; 1948-1970

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.
The oversized material is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Historical Note

Atlanta Typographical Union, Local 48 received its charter in 1860, and was rechartered in 1882.

Extent

9.3 Linear Feet (in 20 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The records, 1895-1939; 1948-1970, of the Atlanta Typographical Union, Local 48, consist of correspondence, minutes, financial documents, and printed material. They illuminate in detail the activities of the local -- membership campaigns, internal judicial and business matters, dealings with the Atlanta Typothetae and individual employers, and strikes and lockouts.

Offsite Storage

The oversized material is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Atlanta Typographical Union, Local 48 donated its materials in 1971. Additional materials donated in 1973.

Online Availability

Most of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library's Digital Collections.

Separated Materials Note

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Printed Collection

  1. International Typographical Union Convention proceedings, 1926
  2. Georgia Federation of Labor, "Report of Executive Board of the Georgia Federation of Labor Giving Attitude of Candidates in Georgia Toward the Workers," 1939

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographic collection

  1. Several photographs, some oversized were separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Contracts collections

Separated to Georgia State University Library general collection

  1. ITU Bulletin, (incomplete), 1912-1944

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Dinwiddie, 1972. These records were originally bound into twenty-six record books. To insure the preservation of the records and to make their contents more easily usable, the books were disassembled. The original chronological arrangement of the records was maintained, but since the contents of several books overlapped, similar types of material--i.e. correspondence, minutes, financial documents, legal documents and printed material--were placed together. Two of the books contained tables of contents, four had indexes. These six listings have been filed together and numbered one through six. A notation appears on folders indicating those bodies of material to which these indexes and contents apply.
Title
Atlanta Typographical Union:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • 2005, 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)