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Communications Workers of America, Local 3204 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

Identifier: L1972-59

Scope and Content of the Records

Office records consist mainly of correspondence, 1966-1971, with state and district offices, concerning grievances, conventions, and agreements. Minutes, 1955-1965, describe meetings of both the general membership and of the executive board of Local 3204, and discuss organizing, finances, and election practices. Membership and bargaining procedures are principal topics of the remaining correspondence, news releases and reports, 1967-1971. A set of files documents the work of the national union's Collective Bargaining Policy Committee, 1964-1968. Local 3204 Vice President Martha True, who was elected president in 1968, was a member of the committee and she created those files.


  • 1948-1972


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.

Historical Note

The Communications Workers of America began in 1939 as a group of unaffiliated unions in the telephone industry organized under the name of the National Federation of Telephone Workers. In 1947, the group changed its name to the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA affiliated with the CIO and merged with the Telephone Workers Organizing Committee in 1949. CWA, Local 3204 (Atlanta, Ga.) represents employees of Southern Bell in the Atlanta, Ga. area.


2 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Language of Materials



Communication Workers of America, Local 3204 (Atlanta, Ga.) represents employees of Southern Bell in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Its office records consist mainly of correspondence (1966-1971), which concerns grievances, conventions, and agreements, and minutes, news releases and reports.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Communications Workers of America, Local 3204, on August 29, 1972.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For contracts, see the Communications Workers of America contracts collection finding aid. For proceedings or constitutions consult archivist.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. Communications Workers of America, 1948; 1949
  2. Communications Workers of America, Georgia State Conference, 1972

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Atlanta, Georgia, CWA Newsletter, 1967-1972
  2. About Bargaining, 1968, 1971
  3. Busy Signals, 1970
  4. Management information bulletin, 1968, 1971
  5. The Communique, 1969
  6. Telecommunications Reports, 1965
  7. CWA Observer (Local 9430), 1967

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. The Taft-Hartley Act: Labor and Politics, undated
  2. Joining the Communications Workers of America, [in Pamphlets: Non-AFL-CIO], 1965

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-Laws Collection

  1. International: Communications Workers of America, 1958; 1961; 1966; 1971
  2. Atlanta, Georgia: Communications Workers Local 3204, 1961; 1971

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Agreements Collection

  1. International Electrical Workers, 1971
  2. Communications Workers Local 3204 (Atlanta, Ga.), 1960-1966; 1968; 1971

Processing Information

Originally processed 1972 by Southern Labor Archives staff at the file level. The materials in Box 121/folder 1 through Box 122/folder 12 were originally separated, processed, and described as a distinct collection, the Martha True Papers. Still physically separated, they have been intellectually returned to the CWA 3204 Records on this finding aid.
Communications Workers of America, Local 3204 (Atlanta, Georgia):
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University LIbrary
June 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: Electronic finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • 2003: Electronic finding aid revised by Morna Gerrard.
  • 2007, 2012: Electronic finding aid revised William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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