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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.


  • Creation: 1899-1900


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.

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)

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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.

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):
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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