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E. T. Kehrer:

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
Fax: 404-413-2881

June 2001

Profile Description

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

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Kehrer, E. T., 1921-1996
Title: E. T. Kehrer Papers
Dates: 1940-1989
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Abstract:E.T. (Edward Thomas) "Al" Kehrer (1921-1996) was a labor union official born near Brighton, Michigan. Kehrer served as the Southeastern Regional Director of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) (1953-1964) and Southern Director for the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department (1965-1989). His papers, 1940-1989, include records relating to educational activities (1940-1950); professional activities files (1953-1980) containing correspondence, expense reports, and weekly calendars (1955-1980, minus 1973) pertaining to Kehrer’s work with the ILGWU and the AFL-CIO, Civil Rights Department; and personal files (1951-1989) containing printed material, correspondence and financial information.
Identification: L1989-22

Organization of the Papers

Scope and Content of the Papers

The papers of E.T. "Al" Kehrer, 1940 - 1989 include academic course notes, unpublished college writings, correspondence, pocket calendars, expense reports, artifacts (largely union or political buttons plus framed plaques), a modest amount of printed materials, and one videocassette recording.

Biography of E. T. Kehrer

Born in 1921 near Brighton, Michigan, Elmer Thomas "Al" Kehrer received his BA degree in 1947 from Olivet College, a liberal arts institution in Olivet, Michigan. In 1948, Kehrer obtained his MA degree in economics from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Kehrer had apparently interrupted his studies at Olivet to enter the Maritime Service from 1943 to 1946. Before attending Olivet and Yale, Kehrer had been a student organizer for the United Auto Workers (1936) and had done field work for the Ship's Clerk Association in Los Angeles (1944). After completing his master's at Yale, Kehrer worked as a field representative for the American Federation of Labor's Worker's Education Bureau. The employees of the bureau were members of Local 189 of the American Federation of Teachers, and Kehrer served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 189. From 1950 to 1953 Kehrer served as the Assistant Director of the Officer's Training Institute of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Relocating to Atlanta from New York in 1953, Kehrer became the Southeastern Regional Director of the ILGWU, remaining at that post through 1964. In 1965, Kehrer became the Southern Director for the AFL-CIO's Civil Rights Department, remaining there until his retirement in 1989.

Kehrer's civic and political interests encompassed activity in the Georgia Democratic Party, where he served on the Executive Committee; as a board member of the Southern Regional Council; and on the Southeastern Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. In 1966 Kehrer helped to form and serve as an officer of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum and the Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign, efforts aimed at electing a slate of Loyalist national Democrats as delegates to the 1968 Democratic National Convention and electing Ellis Arnall Governor of Georgia. Kehrer also participated in activities of the Organized Labor and Workmen's Circle banquet committee, and served as President of the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger. Kehrer has been a long-time member of Atlanta's Central Presbyterian Church, and has been active in lay organizations in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). He died in 1996.

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. Civil Rights Dept.
International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.
Bee culture--Georgia.
Civil rights--Southern States.
Labor leaders--Southern States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--Georgia.
Labor unions--Southern States--Officials and employees.
Mushroom culture--Georgia.
Southern States--Labor--Trade-unions.


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


[item], [folder title], [series title], E. T. Kehrer Papers, L1989-22, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by E. T. Kehrer, July 6, 1989.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Anne L. Tilden, M. Lee Sayrs, and Robert C. Dinwiddie, April 23, 1992. EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services, June 2001; revised by William Hardesty, January 2006.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department Southern Region records, Southern Labor Archives.

Separated Material

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

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