Emory F. Via papers
Scope and Content of the Papers
Via was a labor educator whose work encompassed time with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia in the late 1940s to his professorship at the University of Oregon's Labor Education Department in the 1970s. These papers chronicle Via's scholarly pursuit of his master's and doctoral degrees, both in political science, 1956 and 1964, respectively, from the University of Chicago.
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Chronology of Emory F. Via
Quoted information from "Application for H.A. Millis Fellowship, University of Chicago"
Chronology of Emory F. Via
- January 11, 1925
- b. Lynchburg, Virginia; f. Bernard Starr Via, Sr., b. August 4, 1881, Albermale County, Virginia; m. Gladys Armen Harkins, b. December 18, 1895, Richmond, Virginia
- June 1942
- Graduated Covington, Virginia, High School
- June 1942 - October 1942
- Shopping Guide, Covington, Virginia, advertising solicitor
- October 1942 - December 1942
- "Vacation, odd jobs," Covington, Virginia
- January 1943 - June 1943
- Student, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
- June 1943 - August 1943
- Private, U. S. Army, Camp Lee and Fort Eustis, Virginia
- October 1943 - March 1946
- Student, "Part time jobs at Emory: bus boy, Assistant to Director of Religious Life, checker for athletic department, dormitory proctor"
- B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
- April 1946 - August 1946
- "Salesman, self-employed, Charlottsville, Virginia"
- September 1946 - June 1947
- University of Virginia Law School, Charlottsville, Virginia
- June 1947 - October 1947
- Paper Converters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; machine operator
- October 1947 - June 1948
- Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania; Fellow in Labor Education
- June 1948 - June 1949
- Labor Education Project, School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Instructor
- June 1949 - September 1949
- Goodyear Rubber Company, Sacramento, California; warehouseman
- September 1949 - June 1950
- Georgia Workers Education Service, Atlanta, Georgia, Field Program Leader; Atlanta Labor Education Association, Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Secretary (volunteer)
- June 1950 - September 1950
- Instructor, "Church in the Small Industrial Community", Theology School, Emory University
- September 1950 - January 1951
- Atlanta Labor Education Association (ALEA), Executive Secretary; "odd jobs in group leading"
- January 1951 - March 1951
- Forrest Park High School, Clayton County, Georgia, Social Science Teacher ("substitute for a full grading period"); Executive Secretary, ALEA
- March 30, 1951
- Married Margaret Vaughan Johnson, b. June 20, 1926, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- March 1951 - October 1952
- Atlanta Labor Education Association, Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Secretary, "full time and with pay"
- July 1951 - August 1951
- Research Assistant, Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, Georgia
- June 1952 - August 1952
- Project Director, Interns-in-Industry, American Friends Service Committee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin"
- 1952 - 1954
- Field Program Director Labor Education Division, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
- August 13, 1954
- Son, b. David Morgan Via
- M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
- 1956 - 1958
- Labor Consultant, Southern Regional Council, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
- 1958 - 1966
- Associate Professor, Labor Education, School for Workers, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
- Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
- 1965 - 1967
- Director, Labor Program, Southern Regional Council, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia ("on leave from University of Wisconsin")
- 1967 - 1968
- Professor, Labor Education, School for Workers, The University of Wisconsin
- 1968 - 1972
- Director, Resources Development Center, and Director of Labor Program, Southern Regional Council, Inc. (SRC)
- 1972 - 1974
- Program Officer and Coordinator of Education Task Force, SRC
- Program Officer and Coordinator of SRC's work with the Technical Committee on Human Resources of the Southern Growth Policies Board
- 1975 - 1976
- Program Officer and Director of Research Team, SRC and other SRC employment
- 1976 - 1978
- Georgia State University, Economics Department, Labor Studies Program
- 1978 - 1988
- University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Department
- 1984 - 1985
- President, University and College Labor Education Association
- Via dies
10.5 Linear Feet (in 24 boxes)
Language of Materials
Emory Franklin Via (1925-2003), was a labor educator, human rights activist, and labor consultant for the Southern Regional Council. His papers, 1936-1987, include correspondence, surveys and reports, newsclippings, printed materials, and biographical material on Via. The bulk of the correspondence is with groups related to the labor movement, other officers of the Southern Regional Council, and the Koinonia Farm, a cooperative farm in Southern Georgia. The surveys contain information on black membership in Southern labor unions, and while Via conducted surveys in every Southern state, not all surveys are complete. The reports deal with civil rights, the Koinonia Farm, and the Southern Union Staff Training Seminar.
Donated by Emory Via in 1978 (L1978-17) and 1989 (L1989-34), June 14, 1978 (G1978-11).
During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For constitutions, consult Special Collections for access.
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions Collection
- International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, 1918
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection
- Filed under these headings: Adult Education, Aging, AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE), Apprenticeship, Black Workers, Civil Rights, Cold War, Community Relations, Construction Industry, Discrimination, Education, Employment,Equal Employment, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Grievance Procedures, Hispanics, Industrialization, Integration, International Affairs, Job Evaluation, Labor Education, Labor History, International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Manpower, Mississippi, Unionism, Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott [text by Martin Luther King], Organizing, Picketing, Political Action, Political Education Handbooks, Poverty, Race Relations, Recruitment and Training Programs, School Desegregation, School for Workers - University of Wisconsin, Religion and Labor, Shop Steward Manuals, Southern Radicalism, Southern Regional Council, Tennessee, American Federation of Teachers - Workers Education Local 189, Textile Industry, Union Democracy, Union Directories, Union Handbooks, Union Membership, Union Principles, University and College Labor Education Association, Voter Registration, Voting, Welfare, Work
Donations from Via in 1978 and 1989 (L1978-17 and L1989-34) were originally processed separately. Processed by Brent Bender, Robert Dinwiddie, Peter Roberts, and Anne Tilden at the file level, November 1997. G1978-11 processed by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, October 18, 1979. All three finding aids were combined into one collection guide.
- Emory F. Via:
- A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
- Georgia State University Library
- June 2001
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2006, 2007: EAD revised by William Hardesty.
- September 2018: G1978-11 accession added to larger Via finding aid by Hal Hansen from a Legacy finding aid.
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