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Emory F. Via: L1989-34

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

June 2001

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-08-02T14:35-0400
Language: English

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
creatorVia, Emory F. (Emory Franklin), 1925-2003
Title: Emory F. Via Papers
Dates: 1936-1987
Quantity: 10.5 Linear feet
AbstractEmory Franklin Via (1925-2003), was a labor educator, human rights activist, and labor consultant for the Southern Regional Council. HIs papers, 1936-1987, include correspondence, surveys and reports, newsclippings, printed materials, and biographical material on Via. The bulk of the correspondence is with groups related to the labor movement, other officers of the Southern Regional Council, and the Koinonia Farm, a cooperative farm in Southern Georgia. The surveys contain information on black membership in Southern labor unions, and while Via conducted surveys in every Southern state, not all surveys are complete. The reports deal with civil rights, the Koinonia Farm, and the Southern Union Staff Training Seminar.
Identification: L1989-34

Organization of the Papers

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Emory F. Via Papers, 1936 - 1987. Via was a labor educator whose work encompassed time with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia in the late 1940s to his professorship at the University of Oregon's Labor Education Department in the 1970s. These Papers chronicle Via's scholarly pursuit of his master's and doctoral degrees, both in political science, 1956 and 1964, respectively, from the University of Chicago.

Separated Materials: The Via Papers contain many publications that were added to the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection in 54 subject areas. Twenty-eight black and white photographic images, plus three negatives, depicting phases of Via's activities as a labor educator, were added to the Southern Labor Archives Collection of audiovisual materials. A 16-mm film produced by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and titled "A Human Relations Film," "Face of the South," has also been added to that Collection. All of these items can be found under the appropriate heading at the end of the Descriptive Inventory.

Chronology of Emory F. Via

[quoted information from "Application for H.A. Millis Fellowship, University of Chicago"]

January 11, 1925b. Lynchburg, Virginia; f. Bernard Starr Via, Sr., b. August 4, 1881, Albermale County, Virginia; m. Gladys Armen Harkins, b. December 18, 1895, Richmond, Virginia
June 1942Graduated Covington, Virginia, High School
June 1942 - October 1942Shopping Guide, Covington, Virginia, advertising solicitor
October 1942 - December 1942"Vacation, odd jobs," Covington, Virginia
January 1943 - June 1943Student, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
June 1943 - August 1943Private, U. S. Army, Camp Lee and Fort Eustis, Virginia
October 1943 - March 1946Student, "Part time jobs at Emory: bus boy, Assistant to Director of Religious Life, checker for athletic department, dormitory proctor"
1946B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
April 1946 - August 1946"Salesman, self-employed, Charlottsville, Virginia"
September 1946 - June 1947University of Virginia Law School, Charlottsville, Virginia
June 1947 - October 1947Paper Converters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; machine operator
October 1947 - June 1948Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania; Fellow in Labor Education
June 1948 - June 1949Labor Education Project, School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Instructor
June 1949 - September 1949Goodyear Rubber Company, Sacramento, California; warehouseman
September 1949 - June 1950Georgia Workers Education Service, Atlanta, Georgia, Field Program Leader; Atlanta Labor Education Association, Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Secretary (volunteer)
June 1950 - September 1950Instructor, "Church in the Small Industrial Community", Theology School, Emory University
September 1950 - January 1951Atlanta Labor Education Association (ALEA), Executive Secretary; "odd jobs in group leading"
January 1951 - March 1951Forrest Park High School, Clayton County, Georgia, Social Science Teacher ("substitute for a full grading period"); Executive Secretary, ALEA
March 30, 1951Married Margaret Vaughan Johnson, b. June 20, 1926, Chattanooga, Tennessee
March 1951 - October 1952Atlanta Labor Education Association, Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Secretary, "full time and with pay"
July 1951 - August 1951Research Assistant, Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, Georgia
June 1952 - August 1952Project Director, Interns-in-Industry, American Friends Service Committee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin"
1952 - 1954Field Program Director Labor Education Division, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois
August 13, 1954Son, b. David Morgan Via
1956M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
1956 - 1958Labor Consultant, Southern Regional Council, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
1958 - 1966Associate Professor, Labor Education, School for Workers, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
1964Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
1965 - 1967Director, Labor Program, Southern Regional Council, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia ("on leave from University of Wisconsin")
1967 - 1968Professor, Labor Education, School for Workers, The University of Wisconsin
1968 - 1972Director, Resources Development Center, and Director of Labor Program, Southern Regional Council, Inc. (SRC)
1972 - 1974Program Officer and Coordinator of Education Task Force, SRC
1974Program Officer and Coordinator of SRC's work with the Technical Committee on Human Resources of the Southern Growth Policies Board
1975 - 1976Program Officer and Director of Research Team, SRC and other SRC employment
1976 - 1978Georgia State University, Economics Department, Labor Studies Program
1978 - 1988University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Department
1984 - 1985President, University and College Labor Education Association
2003Via dies

Collective settlements--Georgia.
Koinonia Farm.
Labor leaders--Southern States.
Labor unions--Southern States.
Labor unions--Southern States--Afro-American membership.
Southern Regional Council.
Southern States--Labor--Trade-unions.
Via, Emory F. (Emory Franklin), 1925-2003.


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Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Emory F. Via Papers, L1989-34, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Emory Via in 1978 (L1978-17) and 1989 (L1989-34).

Processing Information

Donations from Via in 1978 and 1989 (previously L1978-17 and L1989-34) were originally processed separately. This finding aid unifies the two accessions.

Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: Atlanta University is the repository of the records of the Southern Regional Council.

Related materials in this repository: University and College Labor Education Association Records, L1989-13, Southern Labor Archives. File on Via available in Southern Labor Archives Biographical Collection.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material was separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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