Herman B. Adkins papers
Scope and Content of the Papers
The Herman Adkins Papers, 1941-1982, contain contracts, collective bargaining files, correspondence, arbitration and grievances, photographs, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and personal documents from Adkins' career as a union worker and representative. Correspondence and company files are a relatively small portion of the papers; the majority consists of contracts spanning Adkins' 36 years belonging to and representing unions.
The collection is organized into 4 series: United Mine Workers of America, 1941-1970; Allied and Technical Workers, 1970-1973; United Steel Workers of America, 1950, 1962, 1971-1983; and Personal, 1941, 1962, 1969-1982.
- Adkins, Herman B. (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use. Access to materials with personal or sensitive information 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.
Biography of Herman B. Adkins
Herman B. Adkins was born in Belcher, Kentucky, on July 16, 1918. He joined the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in 1932 at the age of 14. Adkins served on the Mine Committees of Local 6112 and was Local Union Vice President when he was elected president of the local in 1939. He served as the local's president until 1950, interrupted by World War II service in 1942-1944.
From 1950-1952, Adkins was an organizer for UMWA District 50, a "national department" within the UMWA that represented workers in several industries. In 1952 he became director of District 50's Region 32 in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was elected to District 50's Executive Board in 1961, when it became an independent unit within UMWA with its own officers and constitution. Shortly after that, Region 32 was closed, and Adkins transferred to Atlanta, to direct District 50's Region 26.
In 1968, District 50 broke with the UMWA to become an separate entity called the International Union of District 50, Allied and Technical Workers of America and Canada, which would merge with the United Steelworkers of America in 1972. Adkins was director of the Allied and Technical Workers' Region 26, 1968-1972, and ended his career as District Sub-District Director, United Steelworkers of America, 1975-1980.
Adkins passed away on July 24, 1999, in Morrow, Georgia.
6.63 Linear Feet (in 15 boxes)
Language of Materials
Herman Adkins (1918-1999) was an organizer and regional director in Tennessee and Georgia for United Mine Workers of America District 50, the UMWA's "national department" for industrial workers. Adkins was a board member during the period when District 50 was an independent unit within the UMWA (1961-1968). When District 50 became a separate entity, International Union of District 50, Allied and Technical Workers of America and Canada, Adkins continued to serve as its Atlanta regional director. After District 50's 1972 merger with the United Steelworkers of America, he served as a USWA sub-district director. His papers include contracts, collective bargaining files, correspondence, arbitration and grievances, photographs, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and personal documents.
The papers are arranged into four series:
- Series I: United Mine Workers of America, 1941-1970
- Series II: Allied and Technical Workers, 1970-1973
- Series III: United Steel Workers of America, 1950, 1962, 1971-1983
- Series IV: Personal, 1941, 1962, 1969-1982
Donated by Herman Adkins in two accessions, 1987 (L1987-25 and L1987-47).
Processed by Scott Adams at the file level, December 2008.
- Atlanta (Ga.)
- International Union of District 50, Allied and Technical Workers of the United States and Canada
- Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions
- Labor unions -- Jurisdictional disputes
- Labor unions -- Organizing
- Miners -- Labor unions
- United Mine Workers of America
- United Mine Workers of America. District 50
- United Steelworkers of America. District 35
- bylaws (administrative records)
- Herman B. Adkins:
- A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
- Scott Adams
- December 8, 2008
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description