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E. T. Kehrer papers

 Collection
Identifier: L1989-22

Scope and Content of the Papers

The papers of E.T. "Al" Kehrer, 1940-1989 include academic course notes, unpublished college writings, correspondence, pocket calendars, expense reports, artifacts (largely union or political buttons plus framed plaques), a modest amount of printed materials, and one videocassette recording.

Dates

  • 1940-1989

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of E. T. Kehrer

Born in 1921 near Brighton, Michigan, Elmer Thomas "Al" Kehrer received his BA degree in 1947 from Olivet College, a liberal arts institution in Olivet, Michigan. In 1948, Kehrer obtained his MA degree in economics from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Kehrer had apparently interrupted his studies at Olivet to enter the Maritime Service from 1943 to 1946. Before attending Olivet and Yale, Kehrer had been a student organizer for the United Auto Workers (1936) and had done field work for the Ship's Clerk Association in Los Angeles (1944). After completing his master's at Yale, Kehrer worked as a field representative for the American Federation of Labor's Worker's Education Bureau. The employees of the bureau were members of Local 189 of the American Federation of Teachers, and Kehrer served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 189. From 1950 to 1953 Kehrer served as the Assistant Director of the Officer's Training Institute of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Relocating to Atlanta from New York in 1953, Kehrer became the Southeastern Regional Director of the ILGWU, remaining at that post through 1964. In 1965, Kehrer became the Southern Director for the AFL-CIO's Civil Rights Department, remaining there until his retirement in 1989.

Kehrer's civic and political interests encompassed activity in the Georgia Democratic Party, where he served on the Executive Committee; as a board member of the Southern Regional Council; and on the Southeastern Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. In 1966 Kehrer helped to form and serve as an officer of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum and the Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign, efforts aimed at electing a slate of Loyalist national Democrats as delegates to the 1968 Democratic National Convention and electing Ellis Arnall Governor of Georgia. Kehrer also participated in activities of the Organized Labor and Workmen's Circle banquet committee, and served as President of the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger. Kehrer has been a long-time member of Atlanta's Central Presbyterian Church, and has been active in lay organizations in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). He died in 1996.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

E.T. (Edward Thomas) "Al" Kehrer (1921-1996) was a labor union official born near Brighton, Michigan. Kehrer served as the Southeastern Regional Director of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) (1953-1964) and Southern Director for the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department (1965-1989). His papers, 1940-1989, include records relating to educational activities (1940-1950); professional activities files (1953-1980) containing correspondence, expense reports, and weekly calendars (1955-1980, minus 1973) pertaining to Kehrer's work with the ILGWU and the AFL-CIO, Civil Rights Department; and personal files (1951-1989) containing printed material, correspondence and financial information.

Acquisition Information

Donated by E. T. Kehrer, July 6, 1989.

Online Availability

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. E. T. Kehrer oral history interview, February 10, 1995. Voices of Labor Oral History Project (L1995-12.10)
  2. AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department, Southern Region records, 1963-1972 (L1973-05)
  3. AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department, Southern Office records, 1964-1979 (L1983-26)
  4. AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department, Southeastern Office records, 1974-1984 (L1985-16)
  5. AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department, Southeastern Region records, 1966-1986 (L1988-22)
  6. AFL-CIO Southern Area Civil Rights Department records, 1962-1988 (L1989-17)
  7. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union contracts collection, 1955-1969 (L-contracts_ILGWU)
  8. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Southeast Regional Office records, 1945-1978 (L1980-18)
  9. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Southeast Regional Office records, circa 1950s-1970s (L1990-18)
  10. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Southeast Regional Office records, circa 1950s-1990s (L1996-14)

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For audiovisual materials and artifacts, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Audiovisual Collection

  1. One videocassette recording (VHS), "It's Time to Say Yes - Dukakis," AFL-CIO and Labor Institute of Public Affairs, 10 minutes, 1988

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. 2 Photographs

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection

  1. Pamphlets relating to Labor Publications and Labor Songs

Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Artifacts Collection

  1. One framed "American Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation to E.T. Kehrer - Member Southeastern Field Office Advisory Council - Atlanta, Georgia - 1981 - 1982"
  2. One framed "American Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation to E.T. Kehrer for volunteer services as a member of the Eastern Operations Advisory Council - 1981 - 1984"
  3. One plaque "American Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation to E.T. Kehrer Member Southeastern Field Office Advisory Council Atlanta, Georgia 1981 - 1983"
  4. One plaque "American Red Cross Presented to E.T. "Al" Kehrer This Special Award to an Outstanding Individual for Your Leadership and Continuing Support 1981 - 1989"
  5. One curved lucite freestanding award "Organized Labor and Workmen's Circle Award Presented to Past Honoree E.T. "Al" Kehrer 1974 on the 20th Anniversary of the Awards Atlanta, Georgia April 29, 1989"
  6. One plaque to E. T. "Al" Kehrer from District 6 NAACP Conference of Branches, October 3, 1981
  7. One plaque to E. T. "Al" Kehrer from Southeastern Building Trades Conference, November 3, 1973
  8. One plaque to E. T. "Al" Kehrer American National Red Cross' Disaster Coastline Project to Help Alleviate Human Suffering Caused by Disasters, June 7, 1985
  9. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, November 1997
  10. One plaque to Al Kehrer from GA NAACP Conference, 1984
  11. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from Southern Christian Leadership Conference, August 24-27, 1988
  12. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from Max Cleland, Secretary of State, the State of Georgia, June 28, 1989
  13. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from Ad Hoc Labor Committee NCNW, April 12, 1989
  14. One plaque to E. T. (Al) Kehrer from E. L. Abercrombie Scholarship Fund, 1982
  15. One plaque to E. T. "Al" Kehrer from North Georgia Building Trades Council, February 2, 1979
  16. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from Organized Labor and Workingmen's Circle, April 27, 1984
  17. One plaque to E. T. Kehrer from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., January 14, 1983
  18. Buttons, 66 union plus 27 duplicates
  19. Buttons, 43 campaign/political plus 60 duplicates
  20. Badges, 18 name ribbon (E.T. Kehrer)
  21. Ribbons, 2 union (no name badges attached)
  22. Decals, 4 union
  23. Decal/sticker, 1 "Mondale"
  24. Magnets, 1 equal sign (=)
  25. Donkey keychain, 1
  26. Soap, 1 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  27. J.P. Stevens annual shareowners meeting stubs for 1978 and 1980 (1 for each year)

Processing Information

Inventoried by Anne L. Tilden, M. Lee Sayrs, and Robert C. Dinwiddie at the file level, April 23, 1992.
Title
E. T. Kehrer:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
April 1992
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • January 2006: EAD revised by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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