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The collection consists of the papers of Charles Mathias from 1951-1973, including correspondence, legal documents, and printed materials pertaining to attempts by United Steel Workers of America (Atlanta, Georgia) Field Representatives Mathias and W.R. Thrasher to sign collective bargaining agreements with Scripto and Keller Industries.
Donated by John "Joe" Ward Merritt, President of the District Council of Iron Workers of Tennessee Valley Trades and Labor Council, this collection contains speeches, expense reports, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) materials and bound copies of the unions' periodical The Ironworker.
The United Steelworkers of America, District 35 records date 1940-1973, when the district included Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. The records consist of correspondence, minutes, financial documents, legal documents, and printed material.