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Arch Bailey:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

September 28, 2011

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Crystal Rodgers, September 28, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Bailey, Arch
Title:Arch Bailey papers
Dates: 1975-2002 (bulk 1993-1996)
Quantity: 1.50 linear ft. (in 4 boxes)
Abstract:Arch Bailey, a former PATCO employee and advocate for Controllers United, spent several decades lobbying for the rights of fired air traffic controllers to return to their jobs. The papers consist primarily of correspondence and reference files documenting the personal efforts of Arch Bailey as well as interactions between other members of Controllers United, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), and the Clinton Administration.
Identification: L2011-10

Scope and Content of the Papers

The papers, 1975-2002 (bulk 1993-1996), consist primarily of Arch Bailey's correspondence and reference files pertaining to the struggles of fired PATCO employees after the 1981 strike. Reference files include newspaper clippings, web-based articles, press releases, photographs, and periodicals. The bulk of the materials relate to the efforts of Controllers United to convince President Clinton to lift the permanent ban, the repeal of the ban in 1993, the subsequent difficulties faced by PATCO members in returning to their jobs, and the shortage of air traffic controllers and its effects on air safety. Correspondence files include interactions between Arch Bailey and executive director of Controllers United, Bob Harris; sociologist Arthur B. Shostak; the AFL-CIO; the Clinton Administration; the Teamsters; and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Correspondence files also document the rehiring of Arch Bailey and his interactions with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the Department of Transportation in his efforts to return to his original position prior to the strike in 1981.

Biography of Arch Bailey

Arch Bailey was born on December 24, 1946. A former member of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and advocate for Controllers United, Bailey spent 20 years lobbying for the rights of fired air traffic controllers to return to their profession. Established after the Reagan Administration placed a permanent ban on the re-hiring of fired PATCO employees, Controllers United spent decades lobbying for a repeal. Even after President Clinton lifted the ban in 1993, the stigma attached to PATCO strikers remained, making it difficult for Bailey and many others to find employment. Bailey and other Controllers United advocates worked to combat this stigma and push the FAA into following through with its commitment to rehire former PATCO members. By shedding light on the shortage of skilled air traffic controllers and its effects on air safety, Bailey and others hoped to show how these problems could be rectified by rehiring fired PATCO members.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Bailey, Arch
Clinton, Bill
Controllers United.
Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.)
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (Washington, D.C.)
Air Traffic Controllers' Strike, U.S., 1981.
Air traffic controllers--United States
Reference files


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Arch Bailey Papers, L2011-10, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Arch Bailey in 2011 (L2011-10).

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers with assistance from Molly Russell, October 2011.

Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: The Texas Labor Archives at the University of Texas at Arlington holds many collections related to the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Below is a sampling of these collections; please contact the Texas Labor Archives to find out more about these and other collections.

PATCO Records for the Southwest Region

Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Records, Local 332, Kansas City, Missouri

Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization Records, Local 601, Anchorage, Alaska

George Brandon Papers

Arthur B. Shostak Collection

James D. Wright Papers

Related materials in this repository: The Southern Labor Archives contains the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization records, 1957-1985 [L1986-45] as well as the Chet Kisling Papers, 1978-1996 (bulk 1981-1982) [L2005-17] and the Ron Elliot PATCO Collection, 1978-1995 (bulk 1980-1982) [L2011-02].

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