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D. Bruce Shine collection

Identifier: L1983-17

Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection, 1928-1982, of Attorney D. Brucs Shine consist of legal case files and personal files. The legal cases are arranged into two subseries: labor-related and others. The labor-related files are composed chiefly of cases involving local unions of the United Textile Workers of America. Other unions represented include the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Bakery Workers, Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Typographical Union, Retail Clerks International Association, American Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Other cases include such issues as segregation in Tennessee's colleges and universities, reapportionment and disputed elections in Hancock and Hawkins counties, and activities in the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The personal files contain correspondence, speeches, and articles written by Shine. These papers pertain to Shine's unsuccessful bids to obtain the Democratic nomination for a Senate seat from tennessee in 1976 and 1978; Shine's organization of a corporation in 1972 to purchase The Brussels Times, an English-language weekly newspaper in Belgium; his involvement with the newly-formed Anglican Catholic Diocese of Mid-Atlantic States; and numerous political and social affiliations. Also included in this series are documents compiled by Shine while serving on the Tennessee Commission on Aging pertaining to nursing home reform, malnutrition, and other issues of concern to the elderly.


  • Creation: 1928-1996


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.

Biography of D. Bruce Shine

D. Bruce Shine workded as an attorney in Kingsport, Tennessee. He specialized in labor law and served as the General Council for the United Textile Workers of America. He has been active in the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national level, served on committees affiliated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and at one time was chairman of the board of trustees of The Brussels Times, and English-language newspaper in Belgium. Shine died in 2021.


10.8 Linear Feet (in 26 boxes)

Language of Materials



D. Bruce Shine worked as an attorney in Kingsport, Tennessee. He specialized in labor law and served as the General Council for the United Textile Workers of America. The D. Bruce Shine collection, 1928-1982, consists of legal case files and personal files.


The papers are arranged into two series:

  1. Series I: Personal Papers, 1974-1981
  2. Series II: Political Papers, 1956-1981

Acquisition Information

D. Bruce Shine, June 24, 1983 [L1983-17].

Separated Materials

During processing, contracts, constitutions, bylaws, pamphlets, periodicals, and photographs were separated to their respective collections in the Southern Labor Archives. Consult Special Collections for more information.

Processing Information

Processed by Edgar Ragin at the file level, May 14, 1984. 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.

D. Bruce Shine
A Guide to The Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
May 1984
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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