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A. Steve Nance papers

 Collection
Identifier: L1999-04

Scope and Content of the Papers

The A. Steve Nance papers contain correspondence, speech transcripts, Georgia Federation of Labor memos, NLRB mediation files for two Atlanta hat manufacturers, and announcements upon the death of Nance's daughter in 1930 as well as Nance's own death in 1938. Files are arranged chronologically. Newspaper articles have been photocopied for preservation purposes.

Dates

  • 1930-1956
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1938

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 A. Steve Nance

A. Steve Nance was a key figure in Southern labor history during the 1930s. He was President of the Atlanta Federation of Trades, and worked with the Textile Workers Organizing Committee in Georgia, as well as throughout the South. Nance also worked with the fledgling alternative state labor federation in Georgia during 1937.

Alexander Stephens Nance was born May 19, 1895 in Elbert County, Georgia. He married Francis Katherine McMurtney in 1916, and they had four children.

At fifteen, Nance began working in the mailroom of the Atlanta Georgian and soon became a charter member of the Atlanta Mailers Union, Local 34. Within a few years, he became the president of his local chapter - an office he held for twenty years.

Nance went on to work in the mailroom of the Southern Ruralist, where he rose to the position of foreman. In 1924, he was made circulation manager. When the Ruralist merged with the Progressive Farmer in 1926, he became a vice-president and director of the Ruralist Press, Inc. He resigned from these offices in 1936 to devote his time to organizing work in the weaving apparel industries.

From 1927 to 1929 Nance was vice-president of the Georgia Federation of Labor, and in 1930, he was appointed legislative representative for the Federation. He held this position until 1935, when he was elected president. In April, 1937 the Federation was divided and Nance was subsequently elected president of the State Federation Group. He also served as the president of the Atlanta Federation of Trade from 1930-1935. During his term, the Federation became very strong and reached a level of influence greater then any other time in its history.

Nance served on various Georgia Boards including the NRA Compliance Board, and on the National Labor Relations Board, which was established in 1933.

Nance was appointed Director of the Southeastern Organization of Wearing Apparel Industries in August 1936. He then became responsible for organizing the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and the United Hatters, Cap and Milling Workers. In April, 1937, he served as the director of the Textile Workers Organizing Committee, during their campaign in the southeast.

Steve Nance died in Atlanta, Georgia April 3, 1938.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (in 9 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

A. Steve Nance was a key figure in Southern labor history during the 1930s. He was President of the Atlanta Federation of Trades, and worked with the Textile Workers Organizing Committee in Georgia, as well as throughout the South. Nance also worked with the fledgling alternative state labor federation in Georgia during 1937. The A. Steve Nance papers contain correspondence, speech transcripts, Georgia Federation of Labor memos, NLRB mediation files for two Atlanta hat manufacturers, and announcements upon the death of Nance's daughter in 1930 as well as Nance's own death in 1938.

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Cynthia Webnar, April 1999. Mrs. A. Steve Nance had donated a copy of the biography A. Steve Nance: Labor Statesman and Citizen to the Southern Labor Archives on March 20, 1972 (L1972-09).

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Atlanta Federation of Trades Records, 1900-1950 (L1974-07)
  2. Alfred G. Kuettner collection, 1902-1916 (L1971-11)

Processing Information

Processed by Lance R. Watsky and Angela Lefebvre at the file level, June-August 2004. (L1972-09 processed by David B. Gracy, II.)
Title
A. Steve Nance:
Subtitle
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • November 2005: Finding aid edited by Mary McMahon Dawson.
  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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