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Carmen Lucia papers

Identifier: L1976-32

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Carmen Lucia Papers, 1929-1976 consists almost exclusively of newsclippings describing her career as an organizer primarily for the Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers. 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 ©. 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.


  • 1929-1976


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.

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)

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

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
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2003: EAD edited by Morna Gerrard.
  • August 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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