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Charles L. Ross:

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
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

June 2007



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Amanda Brown, June 2007.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Ross, Charles L.
Title:Charles L. Ross papers
Dates: 1943-1952
Quantity: 3 linear ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:Charles “Lewis” Ross (1914-1984) worked as a textile mechanic and was very active in the organization efforts of the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) at the Celanese (before 1947, the Tubize) Corporation in Rome, Georgia. The papers consist of: union constitutions (CIO, Georgia State Industrial Union Council, TWUA local 689), contracts, grievances and memoranda from TWUA Washington Representative, John W. Edelman, to all Union Members, 1948-1950; pamphlets pertaining to racial and religious discrimination on attitudes of organized religion towards unions, the financial report of the TWUA for 1947, and the Marshall Plan, 1946-1948; brochures produced by the Tubize and Celanese Corporations; miscellaneous printed materials.
Identification: L1985-09
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement

The material in the Charles L. Ross papers is organized into subject folders and arranged alphabetically. Correspondence files are arranged chronologically when possible. Some correspondence bears unidentified filing notes.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The papers of C. L. Ross, 1943-1952, labor organizer in Rome, Georgia, of the Textile Workers Union of America within the Celanese (before 1947, the Tubize) Corporation, include correspondence, a radio address, and printed material. The bulk of the papers consist of printed material: union constitutions (CIO, Georgia State Industrial Union Council, TWUA local 689), contracts, grievances and memoranda from TWUA Washington Representative, John W. Edelman, to all Union Members, 1948-1950; pamphlets pertaining to racial and religious discrimination on attitudes of organized religion towards unions, the financial report of the TWUA for 1947, and the Marshall Plan, 1946-1948; brochures produced by the Tubize and Celanese Corporations; and miscellaneous printed materials. The papers contain TUWA and Tubize Corporation memoranda pertinent to the organization of the TUWA at Tubize in 1944 as well as court injunctions, a typescript of a radio address by Ross, and news clippings which relate to the local 689 actions in the TWUA strike of Celanese in 1948. Correspondence in the papers bears on the unsuccessful attempt of the TWUA to remove Executive Vice-President George Baldanzi at the 1950 Union Convention and the conflict between the Canadian Section of the TWUA and TWUA President Emil Rieve in 1951. News clippings in the papers include a 1950 Murray Kempton New York Post column on Ross’s role in thwarting the Baldanzi “purge”; Rome, Ga., newspaper articles on the 1948 Celanese strike; articles on labor in general and miscellany.


Biography of Charles L. Ross

Charles “Lewis” Ross (1914-1984) worked as a textile mechanic and was active in the organization efforts of the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) at the Celanese (before 1947, the Tubize) Corporation in Rome, Georgia. Ross held various leadership positions within the TWUA, including Financial Secretary and Business Agent for the union, member and Chairman of the Auditing Committee of the Northwest Georgia Joint Board, and President of TWUA Local 689 in Rome, Georgia. He was particularly outspoken during the 1948 strike at the Celanese plant. During the strike, Ross gave radio addresses and served as an arbitrator in cases brought against TWUA workers at the Celanese Corporation. During the 1950-1951 internal conflict at between TWUA President Emil Rieve and Georges Baldanzi, Ross and Baldanzi corresponded over the fractures forming within the union’s administration. At the 1951 annual TWUA convention, Ross spoke against the attempts lead by President Rieve to purge Baldanzi. Concurrently, Ross participated in a number of arbitration files with Joe Pedigo, manager of the Northwest Georgia Joint Board.


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.

Rieve, Emil, 1892-1975.
Baldanzi, George.
Ross, Charles L.
Amalgamated Textile Workers Union of America.
Celanese Fibers Company (Rome, Ga.)
Textile Workers Union of America.
Textile Workers Unions of America. Local 689 (Rome, Ga.).
Clothing workers--Southern states.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--Organizing--Southern States.
Labor unions--Textile workers--Georgia.
Labor unions--Georgia--Local unions.
Strikes and lockouts--Textile workers--Georgia
Textile workers--Georgia.

Restrictions

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

Citation

[item], [folder title], Charles L. Ross collection, L1985-09, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret Ross, March 15, 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Brown, June 2007.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Textile Workers Union of America. Northwest Georgia Joint Board. L1980-22, Southern Labor Archives
Textile Workers Union of America. Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama Area Joint Board, L1985-10, Southern Labor Archives.


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