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J. W. Giles papers

 Collection
Identifier: L1974-29

Scope and Content of the Records

The papers, 1920-1979 (bulk 1959-1979) of J.W. Giles comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial statements, minutes, printed material, films, photographs, and artifacts. The bulk of the materials relate to Giles's work with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 84 in Atlanta, 1959-1972, and as Secretary of the Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1968-1970. Other series pertain to his work as Chairman, Atlanta Labor Council Organizing Committee, 1957-1958; Secretary-Treasurer, Georgia Electrical Workers Association, 1963-1965; Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council No.14, 1967-1968; and as Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1972-1978. The Collection also contains smaller series of papers pertaining to the Georgia Federation of Labor, the Atlanta Building Trades Council, and to IBEW Local 84 from the 1920's to the 1940's.

Dates

  • 1920-1978

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.
Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Biographical Note on J. W. Giles

James William Giles, labor leader born 1925, served as an official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 84 and as Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO.

Giles served labor organizations in the following capacities:

1957-1958
Chairman, Organizing Committee, Atlanta Labor Council
1959-1965
Business Manager, IBEW Local 84
1963-1965
Secretary-Treasurer, Georgia Electrical Workers Association
1967-1968
Director, AFSCME District Council No.14
1968-1970
Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO
1970-1972
Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 84
1972-1978
Liaison Officer, U.S. Dept. of Labor-OSHA

Extent

10.25 Linear Feet (in 17 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

James William Giles, labor leader, served as an official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 84 and as Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO. The collection consists of papers of J.W. Giles from 1920-1978. Includes correspondence, financial statements, legal documents, minutes, motion pictures, and printed materials. The bulk of the records relate to Giles' work with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 84 (1920-1972) and the Georgia State AFL-CIO (1968-1970).

Off-Site Storage

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Donated by G. W. Giles, May 31, 1974 (accession L1974-29). Additions donated by J. W. Giles on April 18, 1975 (L1975-19); on June 27, 1975 (L1975-28), 1979 (L1979-21), and 1982 (L1982-34).

Online Availability

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

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 monographs, audiovisual materials, proceedings, contracts, and constitutions, consult archivist.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Contracts Collection from Accession L1974-29

  1. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 84 (Atlanta, Ga.), 1971; undated
  2. Office and Professional Employees Intl. Union, Local 21 (Atlanta, Ga.), 1970
  3. Atlanta Printing Pressmen & Assistants Union, Local 8, 1970

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions Collection from Accession L1974-29

  1. Florida AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1969
  2. Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1965
  3. Georgia State AFL-CIO, Committee on Political Education, 1970
  4. Mississippi AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1968
  5. Tennessee State Labor Council, 1965
  6. Virginia State AFL-CIO, 1969
  7. Athens (Ga.) Area Central Labor Council, undated
  8. Atlanta (Ga.) Labor Council, 1970
  9. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Southeastern System Council, 1950
  10. Georgia State Council of Carpenters, 1969
  11. Service Employees Intl. Union, 1968
  12. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees: Greater Atlanta Public Employees, District Council No. 14, 1967
  13. Tobacco Workers Intl. Union, 1968

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection from Accession L1974-29

  1. 197 pamphlets on a wide range of topics; housed in Pamphlets.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. American Labor, 1969-1971
  2. Appalachia, 1963-1964
  3. Georgia Labor News Digest, February 1969
  4. The Georgia Voter, November 1969
  5. IBEW Local 84 Newsletter, 1963-1964
  6. Electrical Union World, 1969-1971
  7. El Malriado, 1969-1970
  8. Building Tradesman, 1973-1975
  9. Electrical Union World, January-March 1975
  10. Furniture Workers' Press, February-March 1975
  11. Georgia Letter Carrier, 1973-1974
  12. Insurance Worker, March-February 1975
  13. Journal of Labor, 1970; 1973-1974
  14. Kentucky Labor News, 1973-1975
  15. The Organizer Local Lodge 709, 1973-1975
  16. Seafarers Log, February-March 1975
  17. Textile Challenger, June 1973
  18. Tobacco Worker, 1973-1975
  19. UTU News, 1975
  20. The Advance, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, March 19, 1971
  21. AFSCME Insight, July 1968
  22. Bulletin, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, July 22, 1966
  23. California AFL-CIO News, December 26, 1969
  24. Consorters News, January 1970
  25. The Electrical Workers' Journal, August- September 1960
  26. Farmers & Consumers Market Bulletin, Georgia Department of Agriculture, August 23, 1972
  27. The Florida Letter Carrier- Convention Issue, June 1973
  28. Georgia Power Company Retirees, September 1983
  29. The Georgia Sheriff, Georgia Power Company, October 1969
  30. Local No. 251 News, Lithographers & Photoengravers International Union Local 251, November 1968
  31. Metro Atlanta Reporter, October 17, 1968
  32. Mississippi AFL-CIO Report, April 1968
  33. News and Views, Indiana State AFL-CIO, August 1971; November 1972
  34. NOW, President's Council on Youth Opportunity, December 12, 1969
  35. The Public Employee, AFSCME, 1968; 1971
  36. Reports, Washington State Labor Council, July 1971
  37. Rural Electrification, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, June 1971
  38. RWDSU Record, December 21, 1969
  39. Textile Labor, Textile Workers Union of America, March 1971; November 1972
  40. Union News and Cues, AFSCME, Fulton County Court House Employees Local 315, May-June 1968
  41. Utility Reporter, IBEW Local 1245, July 1971

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection from L1974-29

  1. AFL-CIO, Building and Construction Trades Dept., 14th National Legislative Conference, 1969
  2. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 28th Convention, 1966
  3. IBEW, 29th Convention, 1970
  4. IBEW, Electrical Workers Benefit Assn., 1962, 1966

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Artifacts Collection from L1974-29

  1. Badges and buttons, 1970; undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Audiovisual Collection from L1974-29

  1. Lyndon Johnson Addresses AFL-CIO Convention [film], undated
  2. Lyndon Johnson and George Meany; Conversation at the White House [film], 1968
  3. AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education [film], undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection from L1974-29

  1. Ten photographs, 1970; 1973-1977; undated

Transferred to the Georgia State University Library General Collection

  1. Magazines and pamphlets from accession L1975-19

Processing Information

Inventoried by Mary Froehlich (accession L1974-29), on April 26, 1978; Faye Gamel and Rose Smith (L1975-19), on April 30, 1975; Faye Gamel (L1975-28), on June 27, 1975; Crystal Rodgers (L1982-34), in October 2011. [Processing of accession L1979-21 unknown.]

All inventories created at the file level. Multiple finding aids combined into one collection guide.
Title
J. W. Giles:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1975
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services.
  • January 2006: Revised and single finding aid created by William Hardesty.
  • November 4, 2011: Accession L1982-34 added by Crystal Rodgers.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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