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Art Shostak PATCO collection

Identifier: L2021-13

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Art Shostak PATCO Collection, 1979-2005, consists of material from his research and relationship with PATCO: emails with PATCO members, NATCA members, and PATCO LIVES stalwarts, copies of mass media coverage of the strike and its aftermath. The collection also contains copies of unpublished articles and talk guidelines about aspects of the matter, as well as a PATCO reunion t-shirt.


  • Creation: 1979-2005


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.

Biography of Arthur Shostak

Arthur B. Shostak (1937-) is an American sociologist and futurist, and former professor of sociology at Drexel University. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937, Shostak received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1958, and in 1961 received his Ph.D. in Industrial Sociology at Princeton University. Until 1967 he taught at Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He became professor of sociology at Drexel where he taught courses on the effects of technology, industrial and urban sociology, and race and ethnic relations. In 1975 he began serving as an adjunct sociologist with the National Labor College and AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies until 2000.

The Air Controllers' Controversy-Lessons from the Patco Strike (New York: Human Services Press, 1986), is recognized as a major work in the area of labor relations.


0.8 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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The Art Shostak PATCO Collection consists of material from his research and relationship with PATCO, the Professional Airtraffic Controllers Organization. Arthur B. Shostak (1937-) is an American sociologist and futurist, and former professor of sociology at Drexel University.


The collection maintains its original order.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Art Shostak, December 2021.

Related Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Arthur B. Shostak Collection, AR374, The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections.
  2. Arthur B. Shostak papers, 1976-2012, RL.11140, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hansen at the file level, February 2022.

Art Shostak's PATCO Materials
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
February 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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