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Southern States Apprenticeship Conference:

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

June 29, 2010

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, June 29, 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Southern States Apprenticeship Conference
Title:Southern States Apprenticeship Conference records
Dates: 1951-1991
Dates: Bulk dates 1971-1977
Quantity: 13.25 linear ft. (in 6 boxes and 37 scrapbooks)
Abstract:The Southern States Apprenticeship Conference (SSAC) records include documentation for all stages of preparation, planning, operation, participation, and activity of the annual conference.
Identification: L1980-19


The collection was processed using minimum-standards processing practices.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Southern States Apprenticeship Conference (SSAC) records include documentation for all stages of preparation, planning, operation, participation, and activity of the annual conference. The collection includes minutes, budgets, correspondence, resolutions, certificates, reports, mailings, registration attendance analysis and registration rosters, panel observation sheets, panel programs, agendas, clippings, SSAC policy manuals, and Steering Committee meeting documentation, 1951-1991 [bulk 1971-1977].

The vast majority of the collection is comprised of material from labor unions, including Pipe Trades, Machinists (Machine Tool & Die Workers), Carpenters, Electricians, Boilermakers, Electrical Industry Workers, Sheet Metal Workers, Roofers & Waterproofers, Electrical Utilities Workers, Aerospace & Government Installation Workers, Trowel Trade Workers, Insulators & Asbestos Workers, Painters & Decorators, Operating Engineers, Automotive & Diesel Workers, and Graphic Artists. The Southern State labor and trade organizations represented in the collection include those from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Of note in the collection are the organization's scrapbooks, 1951 to 1991, which contain news clippings, correspondence, photographs, and conference materials. The scrapbooks include brochures for the local attractions and hotels in the area. Conference materials include programs, certificates, awards, mailing documents, proceedings, and panel session reports.

History of the Southern States Apprenticeship Conference

In 1948, management and labor representatives from industries across the Southern United States organized the Southern States Apprenticeship Conference (SSAC) to recognize the importance of training of skilled tradesmen to the economy of the South. In April 1948, 370 people, representing ten states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas), attended the first session of the SSAC, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since then, the SSAC has held an annual conference, usually in mid-June, in a different state each year.

By 1953, the SSAC had grown to the point that there was a need for a guiding body to provide leadership in the development of future conferences. The SSAC created the Steering Committee, which was composed of a management and labor representative from each of the now 13 States involved (adding Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma). Financial arrangements for the Conference came from contributions of management and labor in the participating states.

Today, the Steering Committee, known as the Labor/Management Council, is comprised of two labor and management representatives from each of 15 Southern States (adding Kansas and Missouri since 1969).

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.

Southern States Apprenticeship Conference
Apprenticeship programs
Labor unions--Southern States
Southern States


Restrictions on Access

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required. 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], Southern States Apprenticeship Conference Records, L1980-19, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Charles Pitts and other representatives of the Southern States Apprenticeship Conference in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Bexley, spring 2010.

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