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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 613 (Atlanta, Ga.) records

Identifier: L1981-19

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1939-1977, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 613 (Atlanta, GA.), consist primarily of correspondence, legal documents, and various membership items. The bulk of the correspondence is between Local 613's Business Manager, Harry Bexley, and the several departments of the IBEW international office. The membership items consist of applications for membership, injury reports, and lists of retired members. The legal documents, which constitute the bulk of the records, include correspondence pertaining to legal proceedings and EEOC litigation, 1961-1975. Much of the legal documentation concerns IBEW cases against the Georgia Power Company, 1945-1975, and the Southwire Company of Carrollton, GA., 1957-1970. The records also include a small series of minutes of meetings of the North Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council, with which Local 613 was affiliated.


  • Creation: 1939-1977


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.

Historical Note

IBEW Local Union 613 is an affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a union born from the efforts of a St. Louis lineman, named Henry Miller. During the late 1800s, Brother Miller traveled to cities, across the US, working at the trade, and organizing the electrical workers he met and worked with into local unions. In 1891, 10 local unions met in a small room above Stolley’s Dance Hall in St. Louis, adopting the name of National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and drafting our Constitution. The IBEW which began with less than 2,000 members, has grown to almost 800,000 strong. Instead of 10 local unions there are now nearly 1,000 local unions representing members in many fields, including Construction and Maintenance, Utility, Telecommunications, Railroad, Broadcasting and Recording, Manufacturing, and Government.


2.5 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, legal documents, membership applications, injury reports, list of retired members, and other items. Includes material relating to legal proceedings against Georgia Power Company (1945-1975) and Southwire Company, Carrollton, Ga. (1957-1970); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and minutes of North Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council. Correspondents include Harry Bexley, business manager, Local 613.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Harry Bexley, Business Manager IBEW Local 613, November 4, 1981.

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 Collections. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For contracts, see the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers contracts collection, 1937-2000 (L-contracts_IBEW) finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Dinner, November 25, 1966
  2. Harry Baxley speaking at Gibert X. Barker, Sr. Testimonial Dinner, July 15, 1970
  3. Seven photos of picketers in front of Georgia Power Company Building, June 21, 1972

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Contracts Collection

  1. Contracts, 1974, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1960, 1963 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973 (2), 1974

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Georgia Voter. [League of Women Voters] February-March, 1962
  2. Industrial Relations Monthly Newsletter. [Georgia Chamber of Commerce] May 1972
  3. Journal of Labor. [GA AFL-CIO and Atlanta Labor Council] November 9, 1962, February 14, 1964 January 21, 1966, February 11, 1966 July 24, 1970, October 2, 1970 January 19, 1973
  4. News Bulletin. [IBEW Local 613] March 1980, April 1980, May-June 1980 August-September 1980, October 1980 January 1981, March 1981, April 1981 August 1981, October 1981
  5. The Torch. [Georgia Dept of Labor] April 1973
  6. White Highlights. [White Electrical Construction Co.] Spring, 1973, Vol. 2.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Karen Bouffard Galbreath at the file level, May 26, 1982.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 613 (Atlanta, Georgia):
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
May 1982
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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