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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508 (Savannah, Ga.) records

Identifier: L1984-41

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508 (Savannah, Ga.), 1944-1984, maintained in the office of Business Manager M. J. Counihan, include bylaws, constitutions, correspondence, minutes, employee benefits plans, questionnaires; contract agreements, negotiations, and amendments to agreements; apprenticeship procedures, applications, attendance, courses, tests, evaluation, and promotion; personnel files; and photographs, artifacts, and a large map of the jurisdiction of Local 508.


  • Creation: 1944-1984


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Access to some items is restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

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 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508 (Savannah, Ga.)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 508 (Savannah, Ga.) is part of District 5 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which was chartered on December 4, 1891, by the AFL for all electric work. IBEW Local 508 has maintained a central office in Savannah and the jurisdiction of the office has extended to a number of counties and parts of counties in both Georgia and South Carolina.

Between 1944 and 1984, W. L. Ferrell (1944-1947), H. F. Carter (1948), and M. J. Counihan (1949-1984) served as Business Manager of IBEW Local 508. Prior to Counihan's election to Business Manager, he was the Recording Secretary (circa 1947-1948). Serving as the President of Local 508 during that period were H.G. Carter (1947-[unknown]), H. L. Collins (circa 1950-1951), and W. M. Crawford (circa 1957-circa 1978). H. G. Fitzpatrick was Assistant Business Manager with responsibilities for Local 508 out of Brunswick, Georgia (circa 1957-circa 1978).


7.3 Linear Feet (in 14 boxes)

Language of Materials



Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508 (Savannah, Ga.), work in the construction industry. The records of the local are comprised of bylaws, correspondence, contract agreements, and documentation of the apprenticeship program, 1944-1984.


The records are arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Business Manager Files, 1944-1984
  2. Series II: Negotiations and Agreements, 1959-1985
  3. Series III: Apprenticeship Program, 1953-1981

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael J. Counihan, July 1984.

Separated Materials

During processing, bylaws, constitutions, conference proceedings and periodicals were separated to the Bylaws and Constitutions Collection, Conference Proceedings Collection, and Periodicals Collection of the Southern Labor Archives. Please ask archivist for more information.

Processing Information

Processed by T. Wesley Stewart at the file level, September-November 2008.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508 (Savannah, Georgia):
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
December 11, 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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