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Chattanooga Area Labor Council records

Identifier: L1977-14

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1925, 1936, 1941-1972, of the Chattanooga Area Labor Council (CALC), comprise correspondence, minutes, financial statements, legal documents, membership data, contract negotiations, and printed items. The correspondence bulks after 1941 and includes labor leaders William Green, George Meany, and George Googe; many labor organizations; and prominent Tennessee politicians Estes Kefauver, Kenneth McKellar, Ross Bass, Gordon Browning, James B. Frazier, and P. R. Olgiati. The primary correspondent for the CALC is Stanton Smith, who served as Secretary-Treasurer from 1941 to 1956. Correspondence and minutes relate to local, state, and national elections; merger with the Chattanooga Industrial Union Council; abolition of the poll tax; Social Security; desegregation of public schools; the Taft-Hartley Act; the Tennessee Open Shop Law; the revision of the Tennessee Constitution; political education efforts; settlement of jurisdictional disputes among unions affiliated with the CALC; the Chattanooga Voters' Union; and civic interests in the Chattanooga area, such as adult and vocational education, the Community Chest, the Health Council, property tax reform, public housing, and rent control.


  • 1925-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1972


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.

Historical Note

Chattanooga Central Labor Union, AFL, Chattanooga Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, following merger with Chattanooga Industrial Union Council, CIO, in 1956.


6 Linear Feet (in 16 boxes)

Language of Materials



Chattanooga Area Labor Council Records includes correspondence, minutes, financial documents, legal papers, and printed materials, relating to the council, the merger of Chattanooga Industrial Union Council into it, politics, union elections, abolition of the poll tax, desegregation of public schools, Taft-Hartley Act, Tennessee laws concerning open and closed shops, Chattanooga Voters' Union, revision of the Tennessee State Constitution, and political education. Correspondents include Ross Bass, Gordon Browning, James Beriah Frazier, George Logan Googe, Estes Kefauver, Kenneth Douglas McKellar, George Meany, P.R. Olgiati, and Stanton E. Smith.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Chattanooga Area Labor Council, courtesy of Stanton E. Smith, July 1977.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Stanton E. Smith papers, 1938-1973 (L1976-30)
  2. Tennessee State Labor Council records, 1937-1979 (L1981-11)
  3. Tennessee Valley Trades and Labor Council records, 1941-1974 (L1978-03)

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, June 1979.
Chattanooga Area Labor Council:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
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Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • February 2003: EAD edited by Morna Gerrard.
  • August 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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