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Atlanta Labor Council records

Identifier: L1986-20

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the Atlanta Labor Council are organized into three record series: 1. Administrative files, 2. Name Files, and 3. Subject Files. In addition to these three series, the records also include a large body of printed items such as periodicals and pamphlets as well as a small number of non-print materials including artifacts and photographs. The materials have been housed in Special Collection's Printed Collection and Non-Print Collection.


  • Creation: 1971-1985


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.

Oversized materials stored off-site. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

History of the Atlanta Labor Council

The Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO, consists of local unions from the metropolitan area including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, and Forsyth counties. The Atlanta Labor Council was formed following the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Prior to the merger, the functions of a local central labor body were performed by the Atlanta Industrial Union Council and the Atlanta Federation of Trades.

The full-time staff of the Atlanta Labor Council includes the president and an office secretary. In addition to the president, the officers include the recording-corresponding secretary, the financial secretary-treasurer, the chairman of the board of trustees, and 15 vice-presidents. These 19 officers make up the council's executive council. All of these officers come from the leadership of the affiliated local unions.

The Atlanta Labor Council undertakes many projects for the benefit of organized labor including political education, lobbying, organizing the unorganized, coordinating funds drives, conducting union education, public relations, and numerous community involvement programs.

Biographical Sketches of Atlanta Labor Council Leadership

J. O. Moore was president of the Atlanta Labor Council in 1966.

John E. Wright was president of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1969 to ca. 1975.

Lane Douglas Brooks was president of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1977 to 1983. While president, Brooks attended the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, graduating in June, 1980. During his tenure as president Brooks also served on various boards and committees of community service organizations. Some of these positions were: vice-president of the Atlanta Chapter, Industrial Relations Research Association; board member, United Way; board member, Correctional Industries Board; board member, Health 1st, Inc.; board member, North Central Georgia Health Systems Agency, Inc.; board member, Metro. Atlanta Red Cross; board member, Economic Opportunity Atlanta; and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs. Brooks was also a member of the State Democratic Committee and of that body's Charter and Bylaws committee. He left the Atlanta Labor Council in 1983 to assume a position with the United States Youth Council Labor Desk.

Richard Ray became president of the Atlanta Labor Council 1983. Some of Ray's collateral positions included chairman of the Occupations Committee of the Private Industry Council of Atlanta, and cabinet member of the Atlanta Coalition for Women in Non-Traditional Jobs.

Martha D. True has served organized labor in Georgia in leadership positions since becoming a union steward in CWA Local 3204 in 1956. She served as the Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1966 to 1983. True also served as Secretary of the Georgia State AFL-CIO beginning in 1972.


13 Linear Feet (in 31 boxes)

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The Atlanta Labor Council was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Atlanta Federation of Trades, AFL, and the Atlanta Industrial Union Council, CIO. Its records are composed of office files, financial documents, membership records, minutes, photographs, and printed material of the Atlanta Labor Council and affiliated organizations, 1915-1969 (bulk 1956-1969).


The records are arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Files, 1952-1985
  2. Series II: Name Files, 1974-1985
  3. Series III: Subject Files, 1974-1985

Off-Site Storage

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Richard Ray, July 1986.

Separated Materials

During processing, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings was separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. Some materials may stored offsite; 24-hour notice is required. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For artifacts, constitutions, and proceedings, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Artifacts Collection

  1. Southern Labor School name tag, Doug Brooks
  2. Cellucap hat, ILGWU--"Roll Back Imports" "Save Garment Jobs"
  3. Button "I Gave to CWA-City of Hope Bike-A-Thon"
  4. Bumper Sticker "Take a Minute, Save a Child"
  5. Bumper Sticker "Boycott Coors; Non-Pasteurized, Non-Union"
  6. Bumper Sticker "I'm Proud To Be A Union Member"
  7. Decal "Citizen Alert; Atlanta Bureau of Police Services"

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws Collection

  1. Coalition of Labor Women (1982)
  2. Georgia State AFL-CIO and Georgia Committee on Political Education (1978)

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection

  1. Added to these categories in Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection: AFL-CIO, Building and Construction Trades Department; AFL-CIO, Committee on Political Education; AFL-CIO, COPE, Volunteers in Politics; AFL-CIO, Community Services Department; AFL-CIO, Department of Education; AFL-CIO, Human Resources Development Institute; AFL-CIO, Legislative Reports (Federal); AFL-CIO, State and Local Central Labor Bodies; AFL-CIO, Atlanta and North Georgia Building Trades Council; Apprenticeship; Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN); Atlanta; Boycotts; Collective Bargaining; Community Development; Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA); Economic Issues; Education; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: Leadership; Employment; Energy; Equal Rights Amendment; Fulton County; Fund Raising; Handicapped Workers; Health and Human Services; Health Care; Labor Films; Labor Laws, Federal; Labor Press Association; Labor Studies; Laborers International Union; Life Insurance; Union Labor Life Insurance Company; Middle East Policies; National Endowment for the Humanities; Nixon, Richard M.; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Labor Studies; Political Action; Poverty; Productivity; Retirement; Right-to-Work; Scholarship Programs; Senior Citizens; Social Security; State Legislatures; Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; Taxes; American Federation of Teachers; Trade; United Way; United States Department of Labor: Labor-Management Services Admin.; Urban Affairs; Vocational Education; Voting

Separated to Photographs Collection

  1. 5 b/w prints
  2. 6 color contact sheets of 86 images

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. AFL-CIO Department of Community Services, May 1978

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Issues of the following labor periodicals: 1199 News; Action Power; AFL-CIO Memo... Labor Law Review; AFL-CIO Free Trade Union News; AFL-CIO Price Watch; AFL-CIO Council of Jacksonville News; AFL-CIO News; Allied Industrial Worker; Amalgamated Transit Union Local Division 732 News; American Educator; A.I. Labor Letter; merican Teacher; Atlanta Metro Report; The Audible; Bulletin [Department of Organization and Field Services, AFL-CIO];The Builders; Bulletin to Management; Bulletin Practices; Business Currents; The Cable Rack; CLEAR Report; CLUW News; CLUW News [Atlanta]; Crescent City Fire Fighter; CWA Newsletter; Education Update; Educational Equity in Georgia; El Malcriado; El Cuhamil; Equal Rights Advocate; Employer-Employee Relations; F& B Topics; Fair Employment Practices; Georgia Teacher; Government Employee; GSEA Alert; Housing Newsletter; HRDI Advisory; In Public Service; Impact on Construction Safety and Health; HRDI Manpower Advisory; IUD Spotlight on Health and Safety; IUD Digest; Just Taxes; La Voz Latina; Labeletter; Labor Council Bulletin; Labor News [CWA 3204]; Journal of Labor [Georgia AFL-CIO]; Labor Desk News; Labor Reporter; The Louisiana Teacher;Maritime Newsletter; Memo from COPE and AFL-CIO Legislative Alert; Memo from COPE; More [Florida AFL-CIO]; NCFT Teacher;News from the AFL-CIO; North Central Georgia HSA Report; The Peoples Crusader; Poor Teachers' Almanac; Public Employee; Retail Clerks Advocate; RUB Sheet; Service Union Reporter; S.T.I.R. (Statistical and Tactical Information Report); Service Employee; Shalom; Showcase; South Carolina Teacher; Southeastern News;Southern Changes; Southern Patriot; Southern Labor Studies Report; The Organizer [IAMAW 709]; Tool Box;UFCW Action; Union Labor Report; United Labor Action;Viewpoint; Voice of Local 579; Voyager; Work America

Processing Information

Inventoried by David C. Berry at the file level.

Atlanta Labor Council [L1986-20]:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
June 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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