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Order of Railway Telegraphers (Atlanta, Ga.) records

Identifier: L1979-39

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, 1899-1900, consists of five bulletins providing the latest news of the strike by members in Atlanta against the Southern Railway Company.


  • 1899-1900


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.

History of the Order of Railway Telegraphers

Railroad telegraphers first began trade union activities during the Civil War when they joined with their commercial counterparts to create the National Telegraphic Union in 1863, but it was short-lived. In 1886, a group of railroad telegraphers met in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to form a secret organization named the Order of Railway Telegraphers of North America, primarily a fraternal organization. Rivalries from other union groups forced the organization to turn to a more protective trade union similar in form and structure to other railroad brotherhoods and began collective bargaining.


0.01 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials



The records of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, 1899-1900, consist of five bulletins on a strike in Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased by Bookworm and Silverfish, 1979.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Railroad unions contracts collection, 1898-1974 (L-contracts_railroad)
  2. Order of Railway Telegraphers (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1899-1900 (L1979-39)
  3. Brotherhood of Railway, Airline, and Steamship Clerks, System Board 96 records, 1918-1978 (L1989-18)
  4. Association of Colored Railway Trainmen and Locomotive Firemen records, 1918-1936 (L1991-06)
  5. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Local 536 (Paducah, Ky.) records, 1916-1924 (L2007-03)
  6. Robert W. Smith collection of Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express, and Station Employes membership cards, 1941-1969 (L2008-15)
  7. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Simpson Division 210 records, 1884-1949 (L1973-45)

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Order of Railroad Telegraphers (U.S.) papers, 1904-1949. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, 1980. This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aid. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
Order of Railway Telegraphers (Atlanta, Georgia):
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2010: Encoded Archival Description finding aid created by Laura Starratt from a legacy finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)