National Domestic Workers Union (U.S.) records
Scope and Content of the Records
The records, 1965-1979, undated, of the National Domestic Workers Union (NDWU) contain correspondence, legal and financial documents, minutes, printed material, photographs, and one artifact. Among the correspondents are Julian Bond, Sam Nunn, Herman Talmadge, Andrew Young, and other Georgia and national political figures. The voluminous Subject Files cover topics such as NDWU's involvement in the black community the Manpower Program, the Career Learning Center, the Homemaking Skills Program, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), the Secretary's Advisory Committee on the Rights and Responsibilities of Women of HEW, and WIGO radio station in Atlanta. The Financial documents include budges and time sheets from Equal Opportunity Atlanta, which funded many of NDWU's programs, the Minutes pertain to the NDWU and also to some of the committees on which ms. Bolden Served, Such as the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Secretary's Advisory Committee on the Rights and Responsibilities of Women, and WIGO radio station. Proclamations, resolutions, and most of the seventy-two photographs relate to "Maids Honor Day." One artifact, the NDWU seal, completes the collection.
- National Domestic Workers Union (U.S.) (Organization)
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.
The National Domestic Workers Union was founded in Atlanta in 1968 by Dorothy Bolden to help women engaged in household work. The NDWU began an employment service, a "Homemaking Skills" program, and a "Maids Honor Day." Ms. Bolden was the founder and president of NDWU.
4.5 Linear Feet (in 13 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of records of the United Domestic Workers Union (U.S) from 1965-1979. The correspondence (1965-1979) reflects Bolden's efforts in organizing the Union and includes such correspondents as Julian Bond, Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Herman Talmadge, Allen Williams, Andrew Young, and other Georgia and national political figures. The subject files (1967-1979) cover a myriad of topics illustrating the Union's involvement in the Black community, the Manpower Program, the Career Learning Center, the Homemaking Skills Training Program, Maids Honor Day, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and various federal agencies. The collection contains minutes of the Union (1968-1971, 1978), the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Transportation (1970-1972), the Citizens Neighborhood Advisory Council (1972-1978), and MARTA (1973-1975). The collection also contains financial documents (1968-1979) including budgets, membership records, and files relating to Equal Opportunity Atlanta, which funded many of the Union's projects; and legal documents including agreements and contracts with Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
The records are arranged into five series:
- Series I: Correspondence, 1965-1979
- Series II: Subject Files, 1967-1979
- Series III: Legal Documents, 1968-1978
- Series IV: Minutes, 1968-1978
- Series V: Printed Material, 1968-1979
Donated by Dorothy Bolden, July 10, 1977.
Significant parts of this collection have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.
During processing, printed material, and photographs were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. Material must be requested separately. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. 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 constitutions and artifacts, consult Special Collections for access.
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions Collection
- National Domestic Workers Union bylaws, 1968
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection
- Pamphlets concerning Black History, Health Care, Household Employees, U.S. Labor Department, and Women
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection
- Affirmative Action Register, November 1978
- Atlanta's Women's ERA, January 1978
- Binding Ties, May 1973
- Full Employment Advocate, September-October 1977
- NCHE News, 1972, 1974, 1977
- Southern Struggle, July-August 1977
- Teamster, November 1971
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection
- Seventy-Two (72) photographs depicting Dorothy Bolden, Coretta King, Julian Bond, Leroy Johnson, Maynard Jackson, Sam Massell, Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, and others.
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Artifacts Collection
- NDUW seal
Inventory by Leonora Gidlund at the file level, February 21, 1984.
- African American women
- Bolden, Dorothy
- Bond, Julian
- Collective labor agreements
- Economic Opportunity Atlanta
- Equal Opportunity Atlanta
- Household employees -- Labor unions
- Labor unions -- Organizing
- Labor unions and education
- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
- Williams, Allen
- Women household employees
- Women labor union members
- Young, Andrew, 1932-
- minutes (administrative records)
- National Domestic Workers Union:
- A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
- February 21, 1984
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description