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Marlene and Ronald Palmer PATCO scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: L2011-18

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Marlene and Ronald Palmer PATCO Scrapbooks, 1979-2001, contain two photo albums compiled by Marlene (Marty) Palmer documenting the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike and the Air Traffic Controllers Support Organization (ATCSO) formed by the spouses of PATCO members in 1979.

Photo Essay and Strike Chronicles charts the course of the PATCO strike and its lasting effects into the early 2000s. This scrapbook contains photographs of Marlene's husband and former PATCO member, Ronald Palmer prior to and after the strike; the 1981 Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana; other members of Local 132; PATCO President Bob Poli; mugshot of Atlanta member, Ron Elliot; the 1981 Labor Day marches; and the 2001 20th Anniversary party. Also included are newspaper clippings related to the strike, airline safety issues, and the rehiring of fired controllers as well as a magazine article from 1991 containing photos and quotes by Ronald Palmer alongside other fired PATCO members.

The Air Traffic Controllers Support Organization (ATCSO) scrapbook contains materials documenting the formation of the original support group in Spokane, ATCSO newsletters, correspondence between members, correspondence to Subcommittee on Civil Service Chairwoman, Patricia Schroeder, excerpts from an ATCSO handbook, bylaws, and photographs from the 1979 PATCO picnic and fundraiser in Hollywood, Florida.

Dates

  • 1979-2001

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Biography of Marlene and Ronald Palmer

Ronald Palmer worked as an air traffic controller for the Miami Tower and served as Vice President of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), Local 132 in Miami, Florida from 1977 to 1980.

When PATCO underwent contract negotiations with the FAA in 1978, many air traffic controllers felt that they did not receive the wage increases and benefits they deserved. The efforts of PATCO members to achieve their demands culminated in an illegal strike against the Federal Government in spring of 1981.

During the early stages of PATCO's uprising, spouses of PATCO members decided they needed to become directly involved in the effort. Originally formed in 1979 in Spokane, Washington, the Air Traffic Controllers Support Organization (ATCSO) worked to educate, organize, and advocate for the demands of PATCO members both locally and nationally. Support groups began forming across the country, holding meetings, putting out newsletters, informing the public, and corresponding with legislators.

Ronald Palmer was fired in August of 1981 alongside 11,000 other PATCO members. As a result of the Regan Administration's permanent ban on the rehiring of fired controllers, Palmer and many others spent over a decade lobbying for a repeal. Even after President Clinton lifted the ban in 1993, Ronald Palmer alongside many other fired controllers continued to fight for the right to return to their profession into the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Abstract:

The Marlene and Ronald Palmer PATCO Scrapbooks, 1979-2001, contain two photo albums compiled by Marlene (Marty) Palmer documenting the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike, including photographs and quotes by her husband and former PATCO member, Ronald Palmer, as well as the Air Traffic Controllers Support Organization (ATCSO) formed by the spouses of PATCO members in 1979.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marlene Palmer in 2011.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories

  1. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Records, 1970-1981 (2009-77). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  2. PATCO Records for the Southwest Region, 1968-1986 (AR291). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  3. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Records, Local 332, Kansas City, Missouri, 1971-1987 (AR397). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  4. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Records, Local 601, Anchorage, Alaska, 1968-1988 (AR389). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  5. Arthur B. Shostak Collection, 1974-1992 (AR374). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
  6. George Brandon Papers, 1968-1982 (AR293). Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization records, 1957-1985 (L1986-45)
  2. Chet Kisling papers, 1978-1996 (L2005-17)
  3. Arch Bailey papers, 1975-2002 (L2011-10)
  4. Ron Elliott PATCO collection, 1978-1995 (L2011-02)
  5. Randy Razook PATCO collection, 1977-1987 (L2011-06)
  6. Thomas Pesnicak PATCO collection, 1975-1983 (L2011-11)

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers, November 2011.
Title
Marlene and Ronald Palmer:
Subtitle
A Guide to Their PATCO Scrapbooks at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
November 7, 2011
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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