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International Association of Machinists, District 4 records

Identifier: L1977-15

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Records, 1901-1974 of District 4 (Southeastern), International Association of Machinists, consist of correspondence, legal documents, minutes, financial documents, grievance cases, data prepared for contract negotiations, and various printed items. The primary correspondents for District 4 are its two General Chairmen, George R. Beauchamp and Roy H. Meeks, both of whom assumed office in the mid-1950s. Other correspondents include J. J. Bridges, Chairman of the Central of Georgia Railway Lodge 8 (Atlanta) of the IAM, and Michael Fox, President of the AFL-CIO's Railway Employees Department. Most of the remainder of the correspondence is between District 4 and the various railroad systems with which it had contracts: Atlantic; Central of Georgia; Gulf, Mobile and Ohio; and the Southern. The outstanding concerns illustrated in the Records are seniority matters, layoffs, unemployment, and disagreements over craft jurisdiction lines, particularly with the Electrical Workers. The Records also reflect the participation of District 4 in the Railway Employees Department of the AFL-CIO and the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League.


  • Creation: 1901-1974


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.

Historical Note

The United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers of America was founded in 1888. In 1889, the name was changed to National Association of Machinists. Two years later, it became known as the International Association of Machinists and in 1965, this was changed to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.


11.3 Linear Feet (in 24 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of records of District 4 (Southeast) of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), and its successor the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1901-1974. The records include correspondence (1928-1974), printed material (1933-1974), grievance claims (1944-1974), legal documents (1948-1973), financial documents (1939-1940; 1951-1974), minutes (1901-1905; 1939-1966; 1973), and contract negotiations. The correspondence is mainly of various district officers, the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, the Railway Employers Dept. of the AFL-CIO, and various railroads which the union held contracts with including the Atlantic Coast Line, the Central of Georgia Railway, the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Railroad, and the Southern Railway System.


The records are arranged into seven series:

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1928-1974
  2. Series II: Printed Material, 1933-1974
  3. Series III: Grievance Claims, 1944-1974
  4. Series IV: Legal Documents, 1948-1973
  5. Series V: Financial Documents, 1939-1940, 1951-1974
  6. Series VI: Minutes, 1901-1905, 1939-1966, 1973
  7. Series VII: Contract Negotiations, 1944-1972

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by International Association of Machinists, District 4, courtesy of Richard Westbrook, July 19, 1977.

Related Archival Materials

Georgia State University Library is the official repository for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the collection includes the Grand Lodge records as well as numerous Local and District Lodges. Please see the IAMAW Research Guide for more collections. In addition, GSU Digital Collections includes complete, full-text runs of the Machinist Monthly Journal and the Machinists Newspaper available in GSU Digital Collections as well as numerous photographs and local publications from both the US and Canada.

Separated Materials note

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 photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For directories, contracts, proceedings, and constitutions consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. IAM - Delegate List, 26th Convention, 1964
  2. District 4, 1905, 1920, 1927-1930, 1938-1965
  3. Federation of Shop Crafts, Southern Railway System, 1920-1930
  4. Georgia State Council of Machinists, 1965
  5. Railway Employees Dept., 1951-1972
  6. System Federation 21, 1936-1961
  7. System Federation 22, 1957
  8. Wage Negotiations with Southern Railway, 1928

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. 2 Photographs (1948 ) Machinist J. W. Robertson

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Agreements and Contracts Collection

  1. International: AFL-CIO, Railway Employees Dept., 1919, 1923, 1935-1973, 1973
  2. International: IAM, 1921-1927, 1936-1974
  3. International: Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America, 1932-1942, 1953
  4. International: Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1942, 1968
  5. International: International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers, 1952
  6. International: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1968
  7. International: Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, 1941-1947, 1968
  8. International: Sheet Metal Workers, 1936
  9. International: American Railway Supervisors Association, 1966
  10. International: Central of Georgia Railway Metal Trades and Carmen's Organizations, 1922-1930
  11. International: Employees National Conference Committee - Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations, 1941-1944, 1953-1972
  12. International: Railway Labor Executives Association, 1936, 1968
  13. Georgia-Atlanta: IAM District 4, 1968 - Savannah
  14. Georgia-Atlanta: IAM District 4, 1956
  15. Virginia - Norfolk: Federated Shop Crafts, 1949

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws Collection

  1. AFL-CIO - IUD, undated
  2. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., 1908, 1926-1930, 1938, 1951-1956, 1964
  3. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation #21, 1936, 1970
  4. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation #26, 1933, 1948
  5. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation #29, 1957
  6. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation #41, 1913, 1940
  7. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation #116, 1959
  8. AFL-CIO - Railway Employees Dept., System Federation: Sample, 1957
  9. IAM, 1934, 1936, 1945, 1960-1967, 1974
  10. Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, 1967
  11. IAM District Lodge #4, 1938-1961
  12. IAM District Lodge #16, 1947, 1948
  13. IAM District Lodge #18, 1952
  14. IAM District Lodge #35, 1949, 1957
  15. Alabama: Alabama Labor Council, 1956, 1962
  16. Georgia - Atlanta: Oglethorpe Lodge No. 655 (Masons), 1923, 1959
  17. Relief Association (Southern Railway and Atlanta Terminal Co. Employees) 1947, 1956

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Directories Collection

  1. IAM, undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. 56 pamphlets concerning: AFL-CIO; AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan; Apprenticeship; Civil Rights; Economics; Elections - Government and Union; Employee Handbooks; Energy; Health Insurance; Hotel and Restaurant Employees; Insurance; "Labor's Decisive Decade," James B. Carey; Labor History; Labor Laws; Labor Legislation; Labor-Management Relations Act; Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; Machinists; Non-Partisan Political League; Manpower; Morse, Wayne, Officers; Organizing; Pensions, Peterson, Eric; Politics; Railway Employees; Railway Industry; Religion and Labor; Right-To-Work Laws; Rituals; Safety; Security; Senior Citizens; Stewards, Strike Manual, Strikebreakers; Union Meetings; Union Shop; Veterans; Vocational Education; White Collar Workers; and Workmen's Compensation.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Memo From Cope, AFL-CIO, 1956-1967
  2. IUD Bulletin, 1956-1962, 1972-1973
  3. IUD Congressional Alert, 1967-1968
  4. IUD Fact Sheet, 1958-1962
  5. IUD Spotlight on Health and Safety, 1972-1973
  6. Legislative Dept. Fact Sheet, Vol. 1, No. 6 (October 1957)
  7. Action (MNPL), 1970-1974
  8. Air Transport Lodge 1894 Bulletin (IAM), (July 1966)
  9. Diesel Lines (IAM), (February, May-August 1971)
  10. Education Bulletin (IAM), 1959-1972
  11. Explaining the IAM (May 23, 1957)
  12. Hot Line (Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers, Vol. 6 (March 1971)
  13. Jet Age News (Airline Employees District 141), 1972-1973
  14. National Legislative Report (IAM), 1957, 1959
  15. News (MNPL), No. 5 (July 1957)
  16. Rail Review and Report, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-2 (January-February 1959)
  17. Railway Labor Executives Association, Vol. 1, Nos. 3-8 (June, August, November 1959)
  18. Research Report, 1973-1974
  19. Washington Newsletter (National Farmers Union), Vol. 17, No. 3 (January 1970)
  20. Washington Report (UAW), Vol. 11, No. 14 (April 1971)
  21. Your Union In Action (Machinists, District a), No. 123 (March 1966)
  22. Group Research Report, April 1964, July 1965
  23. Highway Newsletter (Association of American Railroads), 1957-1959
  24. Monthly Review (Railroad Retirement Board), 1956-1966
  25. I. undated Digest, 1956-1960
  26. Railway Age, 1957, 1972
  27. Labor (Washington, D. C.), 1961-1973
  28. The Machinist (Washington, D. C.), 1964-1974

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian at the file level, March 10, 1978.

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