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United Steelworkers of America, District 35 [L1982-15]:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

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


Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-03T11:53-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: United Steelworkers of America. District 35.
Title: United Steelworkers of America, District 35 records
Dates: 1945-1987
Quantity: 68.0 linear ft.
AbstractThe collection consists of records of District 35 of the United Steelworkers of America from 1940-1987. Contains mainly correspondence (1943-1987) between district directors William Crawford, Lorne Nelles, and M.C. Weston and various USA officers and departments, including USA President David McDonald, field representatives, and local unions mainly discussing organizing activities, contract negotiation, and strike activities. The company files (1943-1987) concern negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements with companies in the district including Atlantic Steel Company, Link-Belt Co., Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp., and Southern Cross Industries. Also includes minutes of the Steelworkers Organizing Committee (1955) and various local unions (1942-1945); financial documents comprised mostly of International and local union audits (1945-1987); some legal documents; and printed material relating to the USA (1940-1974).
Identification: L1982-15

Organization of the Records

Organized into three series:
Series I. District 35 Administration.
Series II. Financial Records.
Series III. Companies.

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of District 35 of the International Union of United Steelworkers of America include material dating 1945 to 1987, with the bulk covering the 1970s and 1980s. The records are organized into three record series: District 35 Administration, Financial Records, and Companies. The records also include a large body of printed items such as periodicals, contracts, and pamphlets. The information available in this collection should be valuable in assessing the role of the District, not just in its administration of contracts in the region, but in the community, the international, and in the industrial South.

History of United Steelworkers of America, District 35

The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) District 35 covers the states of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia. District 35 is administered through an International Executive Board including a district director, sub-district director, assistant director, international representative and staff representatives. Prior to the merger in 1955, District 35 existed as a Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) steelworker's region (USA-35). In 1972, District 50 of the United Mine Workers of America and District 35 formally aligned. USWA District 35 represents the interests of organized labor in the six state region through grievance and arbitration procedure, collective bargaining and political education.

USWA District 35 merged with District 36(Birmingham, Ala.) to form the new District 9, which was headquartered in Birmingham Ala.

Biographical Sketches

M.C. Weston served as director from 1965-1976. Under Weston's leadership, the District tripled its membership; delegate to the Aluminum Workers' Convention, 1944; served on Aluminum Advisory Committee to the War Production Board in World War II; Named assistant director in 1946; served on Aluminum Negotiating Committees since 1944; chairman of union's ALCOA negotiating committee, 1971; chairman of USWA Aluminum Industry Conference, 1965.

Bruce Thrasher became director of District 35 in 1976. Prior to assuming this responsibility, Thrasher had twenty-two years experience as a staff representative, sub-district director, international representative and assistant director of District 35. In addition, he served on numerous USWA negotiating committees.

C.L. Parker director of Sub-District 1 (1980-87); staff representative until 1980; graduate of USWA Summer Institute, Chattanooga, Tennessee; came from rank-and-file after being fired by Atlantic Steel; box 2912 and 2913 contain several folders labeled "History of C.L. Parker."

Herman B. Adkins joined the United Mine Workers at the age of fourteen; elected Local Union President in 1939; served two years in the Army during World War II; Representative of District 50 (UMW), 1941-1950; appointed Regional Director in 1952; District 50 Executive Board Member, 1961-1972; USWA Sub-District Director of the State of Georgia, 1975-1980.

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.

Atlantic Steel Company
Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.
Link-Belt Company
McDonald, David J. (David John), 1902-1979
Southern Cross Industries
Collective bargaining--Iron industry--Southern States
Collective bargaining--Steel industry--Southern States
Collective labor agreements
Iron and steel workers--Labor unions--Southern States
Iron and steel workers--Southern States
Iron industry and trade--Southern States
Labor unions--Iron and steel workers--Organizing--Southern States
Steel industry and trade--Southern States
Strikes and lockouts--Iron industry--Southern States
Strikes and lockouts--Steel industry--Southern States
collective labor agreements


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], United Steelworkers of America, District 35 records, L1982-15, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bruce Thrasher, Charles Mathias, Vicki Chalkley, and Jack Strunk on June 10, 1982 (accession number L1982-15); June 30, 1983 (L1983-20); July 17, 1984 (L1984-46); May 22, 1985 (L1985-22); July 30, 1986 (L1986-24); September 9, 1988 (L1988-30).

Processing Information

Processed by David C. Berry and Brad Paul, 1992. EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, October 2006.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Two earlier accessions of United Steelworkers of America, District 35 material, 1940-1974 (L1974-34; L1975-21) have been processed and described separately.

United Steelworkers of America, Scrapbook, Atlantic Steel, L1985-11, Southern Labor Archives

United Steelworkers of America, Local 309, L1983-30, Southern Labor Archives

Carey Haigler papers, L1977-33, Southern Labor Archives

Charles Mathais papers, L 1973-51, Southern Labor Archives

Separated Material

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

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