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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 4:

A Guide to Its Records 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 2001

Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, May 2001.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. District 4.
Title: International Association of Machinists, District 4 Records
Dates: 1901-1974
Extent11.3 linear feet
Abstract:The collection consists of records of District 4 (Southeast) of the International Association of Machinists (IAM), and its successor the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1901-1974. The records include correspondence (1928-1974), printed material (1933-1974), grievance claims (1944-1974), legal documents (1948-1973), financial documents (1939-1940; 1951-1974), minutes (1901-1905; 1939-1966; 1973), and contract negotiations. The correspondence is mainly of various district officers, the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, the Railway Employers Dept. of the AFL-CIO, and various railroads which the union held contracts with including the Atlantic Coast Line, the Central of Georgia Railway, the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Railroad, and the Southern Railway System.
Identification: L1977-15

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Records, 1901-1974 of District 4 (Southeastern), International Association of Machinists, consist of correspondence, legal documents, minutes, financial documents, grievance cases, data prepared for contract negotiations, and various printed items. The primary correspondents for District 4 are its two General Chairmen, George R. Beauchamp and Roy H. Meeks, both of whom assumed office in the mid-1950's. Other correspondents include J. J. Bridges, Chairman of the Central of Georgia Railway Lodge 8 (Atlanta) of the IAM, and Michael Fox, President of the AFL-CIO's Railway Employees Department. Most of the remainder of the correspondence is between District 4 and the various railroad systems with which it had contracts: Atlantic; Central of Georgia; Gulf, Mobile and Ohio; and the Southern. The outstanding concerns illustrated in the Records are seniority matters, lay-offs, unemployment, and disagreements over craft jurisdiction lines, particularly with the Electrical Workers. The Records also reflect the participation of District 4 in the Railway Employees Department of the AFL-CIO and the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League.

Historical Note

The United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers of America was founded in 1888. In 1889, the name was changed to National Association of Machinists. Two years later, it became known as the International Association of Machinists and in 1965, this was changed to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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.

AFL-CIO. Railway Employees' Dept.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company
Central of Georgia Railway
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company
Machinists Non-Partisan Political League
Southern Railway (U.S.)
Collective bargaining--Machinery industry--Southern States.
Grievance arbitration--Southern States
Labor unions--Machinists--Southern States
Machinists--Southern States
Southern States--Labor--Trade-unions


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Oversize material stored offsite; allow 24 hours for retrieval.

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


[item], [folder title], [series title], International Association of Machinists, District 4 Records, L1977-15, Archives of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by International Association of Machinists, District 4 (courtesy Richard Westbrook), July 19, 1977.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian, March 10, 1978. EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services, May 2001; revised by William Hardesty, December 2005.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: See the Southern Labor Archives' International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers website.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize records, photographs, and printed material were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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