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United Textile Workers of America, Southern Region, Area A records

Identifier: L1974-11

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1956-1972, of the Southern Region, Area A, United Textile Workers of America, comprise correspondence, activity reports, financial statements, legal documents, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board cases, contract proposals, photographs, and pamphlets. The considerable correspondence and memoranda of UTWA President George Baldanzi and Secretary Frances Schaufenbil, and Southern Co-Directors Everett Dean and Roy Whitmire, communicate the union's concern with: the condition of the textile industry; interpretations of the Taft-Hartley, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Fair Employment Practices legislation; current N.L.R.B. decisions; jurisdiction claims; determination of bargaining units; lobbying; textile imports and tariffs; suspension and reinstatement of the UTWA by the AFL-CIO, 1957; Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act, 1959; merger discussions with the Textile Workers Union of America; UTWA administrative procedures; and many specific organizing situations, mostly in Tennessee and Kentucky. Activity reports of organizers, and files arranged by local union and company provide an extensive report on UTWA operations.


  • Creation: 1956-1972


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.

Historical Note

The United Textile Workers of America (UTWA) was chartered in 1901 as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). The UTWA became a founding union of the Congress of Industrial Organization (CIO) in 1937. As part of the CIO, the UTWA was renamed the Textile Workers Organizing Committee (TWOC) then the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA). In 1939, a dissident faction of the TWUA sought for and was allowed to re-affiliate with the AFL under its original name, the United Textile Workers of America.


12.75 Linear Feet (in 22 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the records of the United Textile Workers of America, Southern Region, Area A from 1956-1975. Correspondence (1957-1972) comprises the bulk of the collection. The company files (1957-1967) contain NLRB case material, minutes of negotiation meetings, contract proposals, and financial statements. The collection also includes activity reports, printed material, financial documents, and photographs.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Everett Dean, March 8, 1975.

Online Availability

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

The Southern Labor Archives contains numerous collections created by various unions representing workers in the textile industry. These collections include union records from the International Ladies Garment Workers (ILGWU), Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU), United Textile Workers of America (UTWA), Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE), and its successors UNITE HERE and Workers United.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For constitutions and bylaws, consult archivist.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographic Collection

  1. Fifteen photographs

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws Collection

  1. UTWA Local 297, Lenoir City, Tn., undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Free Labor World, No. 119, May 1960 Nos. 184, 185, October, November 1965

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. Seventeen pamphlets concerning the textile industry, TVA, Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act of 1959, health insurance, Samuel Gompers, George Baldanzi, arbitration, AFL-CIO Union-Industries Show (1964), UTWA Local 334, the Nixon Pay Board, National Right To Work Committee, the Vietnamese Confederation of Labor (CTT).

Processing Information

Inventoried by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, May 11, 1978.

United Textile Workers of America, Southern Region, Area A:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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