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Peter J. Conlon Family:

A Guide to Its Collection 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

May 2007

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Kira Homo, May 2007.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Conlon, Peter J., 1869-1931
Title:Peter J. Conlon family collection
Dates: 1889-1964
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (in 1 box and 1 oversize box)
Abstract:Peter J. Conlon was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1869 and raised in Springfield, Illinois. He joined the International Association of Machinists in 1890 and served as an early organizer for the union. In 1895 he was elected to its General Executive Board. He later served the IAM as First Vice President, General Organizer, and Vice President for the United States before his death in March 1931. The collection consists of books, bound journals, photographs, posters, and artifacts, primarily documenting Conlon and the IAM, 1889-1931. It also includes the dues books of his son and grandson, 1934-1964.
Identification: L2006-20

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Peter J. Conlon family collection contains Conlon's books, bound journals, photographs, posters, and artifacts, dating 1889-1931, and the dues books, 1934-1964, of his son, Peter J. Conlon, Jr., and grandson, Peter J. Conlon, III.

Biography of Peter J. Conlon

Peter J. Conlon was one of the original organizers for the International Association of Machinists (IAM), called "boomers" because they spread the word about the union by following the railroad to towns that were "booming." Conlon was born in Brooklyn in 1869 and grew up in Springfield, Illinois. After finishing his formal education, he traveled to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and became an apprentice on the Saint Louis and Western Railroad. When he received his journeyman papers, he moved on to Kansas City, working for the Union Pacific Railroad. In Kansas City he also organized and became a charter member of Local Lodge 27 in February 1890. For the next several years he traveled extensively, always working to bring more members into the International Association of Machinists. In 1895 he was elected to the General Executive Board of the IAM, and when the Grand Lodge Convention established 5 vice presidencies in 1901 Conlon was elected first vice president. In 1916, the vice presidencies were reorganized so that there were only two, one for the U.S. and one for Canada. Conlon narrowly lost the election for the U.S. vice presidency, but was appointed a General Organizer. He served in this capacity until 1921, when he was again elected to the vice presidency. He remained a General Vice President until his death from a heart attack in March of 1931.

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.

Conlon, Peter J., 1869-1931--Archives
Conlon, Peter J., III
Conlon, Peter J., Jr.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Labor leaders--United States
Labor unions--Officials and employees
Labor unions--Organizing
Labor unions--United States--History
Stamps (tools)


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.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Christina Carter, Peter J. Conlon's great-granddaughter, donated the collection to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.


[item], [folder title], Peter J. Conlon Collection, L2006-20, Archives of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 2006 (accession L2006-20).

Processing Information

Processed by Kira Homo, 2007.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Collection, 1891-1996

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, books and bound journals were separated to the Labor Book Collection and cataloged in GIL. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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