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Charles M. Houk papers

Identifier: L1982-07

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection consists of the papers of Charles M. Houk from 1939-1965. Includes personal correspondence (1951-1964), correspondence relating to the Tennessee Committee on Political Education (COPE), and some correspondence between Houk and Senator Estes Kefauver (1946-1961). Additional records relating to the Tennessee State Labor Council include financial records including annual statements and audits (1956-1963), minutes, legislative reports (1939-1961), convention files, and newspaper clippings. Additional records pertaining to the Tennessee Committee on Political Education document the Committee's involvement in monitoring various political campaigns at both the state and national level.


  • 1939-1965


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.

Biography of Charles M. Houk

Charles M. Houk served as Secretary-Treasurer, Tennessee Federation of Labor; Treasurer, Tennessee State Labor Council, 1956-1963; Director, Tennessee State Labor Council, Committee on Political Education (COPE), 1956-1963.


1 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Charles M. Houk held many prominent labor positions in Tennessee from 1956 through 1963. His papers include correspondence, financial documents, minutes, and legislative reports relating to the Tennessee Committee on Political Education and the Tennessee State Labor Council.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Charles Houk, March 19, 1982.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For constitutions and bylaws, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws

  1. Merger agreement between the Executive Council of the Tennessee Federation of Labor and the Executive Board of the Tennessee State Industrial Union Council, 1955
  2. Tennessee State Labor Council, 1957
  3. Tennessee State Labor Council, 1959
  4. Tennessee State Labor Council, 1961
  5. By-Laws, Knoxville C.O.P.E., undated
  6. By-Laws, Nashville and Middle Tennessee C.O.P.E., undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets

  1. Tennessee Department of Employment Security Dedication of the New Knoxville Employment Office, 1957
  2. Tennessee State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (Three pamphlets supporting Estes Kefauver for the Senate race, 1960. Factual information concerning the National Right to Work Committee, 1963.)

Southern Labor Archives Periodicals

  1. CIO Labor Journal, 1955
  2. East Tennessee Labor News, 1951-1963
  3. The Labor World, 1948-1964
  4. Memphis Union News, 1959-1963
  5. Trades and Labor News, 1951-1964
  6. West Tennessee Labor News, 1952; 1957

Processing Information

Inventoried by James B. Murray at the file level, August 29,1984.
Charles M. Houk:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
August 1984
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • August 2004, 2007: Revised by William Hardesty.
  • 2005: Revised by Amanda Brown.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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