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Carey E. Haigler papers

Identifier: L1977-33

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Papers, 1905, 1933-1970, of Carey Haigler consist of correspondence, minutes, financial statements, diaries, periodic work reports, written speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and various printed items. The Papers illuminate three distinct segments of Haigler's trade union career: As an officer, 1933-1935, of the Alabama Iron & Steel Council and of Local 1131, Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (Birmingham); as Director, 1942-1956, of the Alabama Region, Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO); and as Director, 1956-1964, of AFL-CIO Region 5 (the Carolinas) and Assistant Director, 1964-1967, of AFL-CIO Region 8 (Carolinas & Tennessee). Principal subjects include organizing in the industrial city of Gadsden, Alabama, the disaffiliation of the United Mine Workers from the CIO, and factional disputes in the CIO and the Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers.


  • Creation: 1905, 1933-1970


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.

Chronology of the Career of Carey E. Haigler

  • 1933-1935: AAISTW, Local 1131, Alabama Iron and Steel Council
  • 1942: Field Representative, USA
  • 1942-1944: Asst. Regional Director, CIO Alabama and Secy-Treas., Alabama IUC
  • 1944-1953: Regional Director, CIO Alabama and President, Alabama IUC (to 1949)
  • 1953-1955: Field Asst to Executive Vice Pres., CIO
  • 1955-1956: Director, CIO Region 8 (Illinois & Iowa)
  • 1956-1964: Director, AFL-CIO, Region 5 (North Carolina and South Carolina)
  • 1964-1967: Asst. Director, AFL-CIO Region 8, (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee)


0.83 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Carey Haigler (1902- ) was a labor union official with the AFL-CIO. His papers, 1905, 1933-1970, include correspondence, minutes, and printed material relating to the Alabama Iron and Steel Council (1905, 1933-1935); correspondence, financial documents, minutes, speeches, reports, and printed material documenting the Alabama CIO (1942-1956); and correspondence, financial documents, diaries, work reports, speeches, broadcast scripts, and printed material relating to Region 8 of the AFL-CIO (1956-1970). The collection also contains photographs, memorials, news clippings, and pamphlets on political, social, and labor issues.


The papers are arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Alabama Iron and Steel Council, 1905-1935, bulk: 1933-1935
  2. Series II: Alabama CIO, 1942-1956
  3. Series III: AFL-CIO, Region 8, 1956-1970

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Carey E. Haigler, November 17, 1977.

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 photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. 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 printed materials and constitutions, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. Seven photographs, 1940, 1953, undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitution and Bylaws Collection

  1. Alabama CIO Council, 1955
  2. United Steelworkers, 1962
  3. AFL-CIO, 1961

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. 40 Pamphlets on political and social issues, labor issues; AFL-CIO publications about organization and operation, Alabama War Finance

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Standards and Rules Collection

  1. AFL-CIO Affiliated Locals, 1960
  2. AFL-CIO State and Central Bodies, 1956

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Service, Vol. 3, No. 10, November 1953
  2. Steel Labor, Vol. 17, No. 12, December 1952; Vol. 20, No. 2, February 1955
  3. South Carolina Labor News, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1957; Vol. 15, No. 3, March 1958
  4. United Rubber Worker, Vol. 21, No. 9, September 1955
  5. National Union Farmer, Vol. 27, No. 4, April 1949

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Biography Collection

  1. 3 Biographical sketches, Carey Haigler

Processing Information

Inventoried by Mattie S. Anderson at the file level, March 16, 1978. Clippings removed from oversize folder by Fran Barber, May 8, 1980.

Carey E. Haigler:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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