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Carmen Lucia papers

Identifier: L1976-32

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Carmen Lucia Papers, 1929-1976 consists of newsclippings describing her career as an organizer primarily for the Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers, oral histories, and correspondence. The clippings cover her activities in all parts of the country, and include coverage of organizing drives, strikes, contract negotiations, and union cultural and recreational activities.

Additionally, these papers, 1927-1979 of Carmen Lucia comprise correspondence, printed items, and two audio cassette tapes. The correspondence reveals Lucia's dedication to explaining the role of organized labor. She spoke on numerous occasions to civic, religious and educational groups. When Lucia moved to Atlanta (circa 1946), she joined the Atlanta League of Women Voters, and continued her speaking engagements. In 1948 and 1949, Lucia discussed "Labor's Role in Community" for the Leadership Training Institute, University of Georgia (Athens) and spoke to classes at the University of Georgia - Atlanta Division (now Georgia State University). Lucia also visited France in 1950 under the auspices of the Economic Cooperation Administration and subsequently wrote a report concerning the French labor movement. A noteworthy correspondent (1978-1979) is Faye Phillips Gamel, a graduate student at Georgia State University writing a thesis on Lucia's career. Lucia recalls some of her memories from the Bryn Mawr Summer School For Women Industrial Workers in a letter to Gamel.


  • Creation: 1929-1976


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.

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Biography of Carmen Lucia

Carmen Lucia (born April 3, 1902, Calabria, Italy) entered the labor movement in 1925 with the Rochester, New York, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. In 1930, Lucia joined the Neckwear workers and organized in New Haven, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 1934, Lucia began organizing for the millinery workers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Garland and Longview, Texas. Over the next several years, Lucia organized hat workers and other industrial workers in DeKalb, Ill.; Atlanta, Ga.; Norwalk, Conn; Greenville, Ala.; Corsicana, Texas; Winchester, Tennessee.; Holyoke, Mass.; and Richmond, Va. Lucia was elected union vice-president in 1946.

Lucia retired in 1974 and died in 1985.


1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Carmen Lucia was active as union organizer, primarily for the Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers. Her papers, 1929-1976, consist of newspaper clippings describing her career, oral history interviews, and correspondence.


The papers are arranged into two series

  1. Series I: Newsclippings, 1929-1972, undated
  2. Series II: Additions to the Papers, 1927-1979

Off-Site Storage

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carmen Lucia, 1976. Oral history interview donated by Faye Phillips Gamel, 1979. Materials in biographical file donated in 1979 (accession L1979-32).

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, photographs, and printed material were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For proceedings, songbooks, and audiovisual materials consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. Photographs, 1937, 1951, 1954, undated (6 photographs, 2 oversized)

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Songbooks Collection

  1. Two (2) Songbooks (TWUA and ILGWU), 1947, 1951

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. The Butcher Workman, Vol. 37, No. 2, (Feb. 1951)
  2. Georgia Federation of Labor News: Vol. 7, (November 1947) Vol. 9, No. 9, (June 1950)
  3. Union Label Facts, Vol. 6, No. 2, (March 1952)

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union, 1933-1971

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Audio Collection

  1. Oral History interview conducted with Lucia by Faye Gamel, (2 audio cassette tapes, transcript available in box 683/27 August 4-5, 1978.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Biographical Collection

  1. Biographical news articles--(unidentified sources) titled: "Meet Carmen Lucia" and "Spotlight on a Union," (from Union Wage) titled: "Carmen Lucia: Union Troubleshooter," 1978 Chronological list of events in Lucia's life, undated [L1979-32]

Processing Information

Processed by Faye Gamel at the file level, unknown date.

Carmen Lucia:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
May 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2023-12-05: Added links to digitized oral history interviews

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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