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Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716 (Rome, Ga.) records

Identifier: L1989-21

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1954-1988, of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716 of Rome, Georgia, are comprised of correspondence, arbitration and grievances, union organizing and contract negotiation materials, union elections results, and minutes regarding safety regulations. The bulk of the records relate to the contractual relationships of ACTWU Local 1716, TWUA Local 689, and other unions throughout the Southeast, primarily Georgia and the Carolinas. Principal correspondent is Local 1716 President Bobby Fox. Of particular interest is correspondence on the topic of workers and union leaders relating to the TWUA Local 689.

Series I consists of records mainly from ACTWU Local 1716, 1976-1988, but also prior grievances from TWUA Local 689, 1962-1977, leading up to the eventual combining of the TWUA into the ACWA in the fall of 1976. Series II is comprised solely of TWUA Local 689 records, 1954-1977. Series III documents correspondence with other unions. The records include photographs of unidentified union workers from Local 689 and mini cassettes from Local 1716. These items are filed at the end of Series III.


  • Creation: 1954-1988


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.

Historical Note

The Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) was an industrial union of textile workers established through the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1939. The TWUA found itself in the 1960s and 1970s in steep competition with other unions for representation in large Southern plants. As a consequence of this, the union was forced to merged with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA, which was established by Sidney Hillman in 1914) in an effort to combine their strength and resources, becoming the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) in 1976. Workers in Rome, Georgia, organized Textile Workers Union of America, Local 689, and later Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716.


4.59 Linear Feet (in 11 boxes)

Language of Materials



The records consist of Local 1716 (Rome, Ga.) of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) of the United States from 1954-1988. The records reflect the union's relationship with the Textile Workers Union of America, (TWUA) Local 689, Local 1942 and other locals. Includes correspondence between the various local unions; minutes, records relating to arbitration and grievances; and union and company contract proposals.

Organization of the Records

  • Series I. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716, 1962-1988
  • Series II. Textile Workers Union of America, Local 689, 1954-1977
  • Series III. Other Unions and Related Documents, 1955-1983

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gerald Brown, ACTWU, June 30, 1989.

Related Archival Materials

The Southern Labor Archives contains numerous collections created by various unions representing workers in the textile industry. These collections include union records from the International Ladies Garment Workers (ILGWU), Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU), United Textile Workers of America (UTWA), Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE), and its successors UNITE HERE and Workers United.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created by Hilary Morrish, February 2008. EAD edited by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr., September 2015.

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 1716 (Rome, Georgia):
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
January 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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