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Gary M. Fink papers

Identifier: L1998-06

Scope and Content of the Papers

Gary M. Fink Papers, the bulk of which date circa 1972-1998, contain reference files related to the American Labor movement, its leaders and history, including the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill strike. They include notes and prinited material. One set of files relates to the 1991 Southern Labor Studies Conference organized by Fink and his colleague Merl E. Reed and held at Georgia State University, and includes correspondence.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in circa 1972-1998


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use but has not been processed fully and may contain material subject to restriction. Allow at least 10 working days for Special Collections and Archives staff to evaluate it for 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 unprocessed. Allow at least 10 working days for Special Collections staff to evaluate it for use.

Biographical Note

Gary M. Fink (1936-2008) was a historian on the faculty at Georgia State University (GSU), where he was instumental in the development and use of the Southern Labor Archives. He chaired GSU's Department of History, 1984-1991. His works include volumes on the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill strike of 1914-15, Jimmy Carter's gubernatorial career, and edited volumes on American labor history and labor leaders.


8.75 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Research files and conference planning materials, circa 1972-1998, created and gathered by Gary M. Fink, historian of the American Labor movement. This collection is unprocessed.

Arrangement Note

Original order.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite.

Custodial History

Dr. Fink donated his papers to the Georgia State University Archives in June 1998 (G1998-11A). The Archives retained material related to his teaching and administrative career, transferring the files related to his Labor history research to the Southern Labor Archives.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Georgia State University Archives, July 1998.

Related Materials at This Repository

Gary M. Fink Papers, G1998-11A, G2001-14, University Archives.

Related Materials at Other Repositories

Gary Fink Papers, 1996-1997, Name Files, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. [Related to the conference "Carter Presidency: Policy Choices in the Post New Deal Era" held at the Jimmy Carter Center on February 20-22, 1997.]

Books by Gary M. Fink

  • Fink, Gary M., editor, and Mary Mills, compiler. AFL-CIO State Labor Proceedings: A Bibliography of the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Proceedings, 1885-1974, Held in the AFL-CIO Library. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975.
  • Fink, Gary M., editor-in-chief. Biographical Dictionary of American Labor Leaders. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1974. Revised edition, 1984.
  • Fink, Gary M., and Hugh Davis Graham, editors. The Carter Presidency: Policy Choices in the Post-New Deal Era. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
  • Fink, Gary M., and Merl E. Reed, editors. Essays in Southern Labor History: Selected Papers. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977.
  • Fink, Gary M. The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills Strike of 1914-1915: Espionage, Labor Conflict, and New South Industrial Relations. Ithaca, N.Y.: ILR Press, 1993.
  • Fink, Gary M., editor-in-chief. Labor Unions. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977.
  • Fink, Gary M. Labor's Search for Political Order: The Political Behavior of the Missouri Labor Movement, 1890-1940. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1974.
  • Fink, Gary M. Prelude to the Presidency: The Political Character and Legislative Leadership Style of Governor Jimmy Carter. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980
  • Fink, Gary M., and Merl E. Reed, editors. Race, Class, and Community in Southern Labor History. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.

Processing Note

This collection is unprocessed. It has not been prepared for use by being organized, housed archivally, or screened for restricted materials or personal information. This guide is based on an inventory prepared by Laurel Bowen, 1998. Finding aid by Hal Hansen, notes by William W. Hardesty, 2023.

Gary M. Fink
A Guide to the Papers at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
March 2023
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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