The brothers at Local Lodge 1, Atlanta, Georgia, transferred the first collection of IAM records to the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University in 1972. Since then, headquarters, regions, districts and locals have continued to place their records in care of the Southern Labor Archives which now houses over 40 Machinists collections.
In 1992, the IAM made the Southern Labor Archives the official repository for its records, based upon the Southern Labor Archives’ proven stewardship over the years. Additionally, Atlanta is the birthplace of the IAM - in 1888, Thomas Talbot formed the Order of the United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers in a railroad pit only a few miles away from the present day site of Georgia State University and the Southern Labor Archives.
The IAM collections contain a wide variety of material documenting the history of the union and the American Labor movement.