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Newport News Central Labor Council records

Identifier: L1980-40

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1899-1981, of the Newport News Central Labor Council (NNCLC) contain limited correspondence; minutes and financial documents comprise the bulk of the material. Issues present in the correspondence and minutes are affiliation of local unions in the area, delegates, charities, voter registration drives, organizing campaigns, and several instances of charges of racial discrimination or tension between black and white members. Principal correspondents are Richard Joyner, President, and C. W. Athearn and Fred Conner, Secretary-Treasurers.

In addition to the NNCLC, records of two other organizations are included. Series IV contains correspondence, minutes and financial printed material, 1947-1978, of United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, Local 540 (Newport News), and minutes, 1913-1914, of the Newport News Metal Trades Council.


  • 1899-1981


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.

History of the Newport News Central Labor Council

Founded in the late nineteenth century, the Newport News (Virginia) Central Labor Council also administered the Newport News Labor Temple. The Newport News Labor Council eventually became a local unit of the AFL-CIO.


4.59 Linear Feet (in 11 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Newport News Central Labor Council records contain correspondence, minutes and financial documents concerning affiliation of local unions, delegates, charities, voter registration drives, organizing campaigns, and race issues.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Newport News Central Labor Council, courtesy of Ralph D. Edgerton, 1980.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 396 (Newport News, Va.) records, 1901-1968 (L1976-35)

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For oversized materials, constitutions, and proceedings, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Oversize Location

  1. Location plan for Newport News Central Labor Council building, 1956
  2. Local 540 committee roster, 1971
  3. News clipping, undated
  4. Wage scale, AFL Building and Construction Trades, undated

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection

  1. AFL-CIO suggested constitution for local central bodies, 1966
  2. Newport News Central Labor Council constitution, 1977
  3. Metal Trades Council of Newport News constitution, 1913

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Report (AFL-CIO Research Department), vol. 1, July/August, September 1956
  2. AFL-CIO Education News and Views (AFL-CIO Department of Education, vol. 1, July/August, September-November 1956
  3. AFL-CIO International Affairs Bulletin (AFL-CIO Department of International Affairs), vol. 1, August/September 1956
  4. Community Service (United Community Funds and Councils of America, Labor Participation Department, vol. 1, Fall 1956
  5. Economic Trends and Outlook (AFL-CIO Economic Policy Committee), vol. 1 July/August 1956
  6. Labor's Economic Review (AFL-CIO) vol. 1, July/August 1956
  7. Political Memo (filed under Memo from COPE), AFL Labor's League for Political Education), July 21, 1953; September 21, 1953
  8. Union Labor Report (Bureau of National Affairs), 1953-1955

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. Virginia State Association of Plumbers, 1953-1957

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian at the file level, 1982. 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.
Newport News Central Labor Council:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2010: EAD 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)