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Georgia State AFL-CIO Journal of Labor:

A Guide to the Photograph Collection at Georgia State University Library

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

March 2014

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-09-15T14:59-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator:Georgia State AFL-CIO
Title: Georgia AFL-CIO Journal of Labor photograph collection
Dates: 1974-1992 [bulk, 1980-1992]
Quantity: 9.17 Linear feet (in 14 boxes)
Abstract:Founded in Atlanta in 1898, the Journal of Labor documented the labor movement in Georgia. The Journal of Labor Photograph Collection, 1974-1992 (bulk 1980-1992), consists of photographic prints and negatives depicting labor functions, political events, pickets, strikes, conventions, social events, and campaigns. During the period covered by the collection, The Journal was the official newspaper of the Georgia State AFL-CIO, which ceased its publication in early 1993.
Identification: L2004-01A
Language: English

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Georgia AFL-CIO Journal of Labor photograph collection, 1974-1992 (bulk 1980-1992), consists of images created or obtained for the official Georgia State AFL-CIO newspaper. Folders are in their original order. The photographs and negatives document conventions, strikes and other job actions, political events and rallies, social occasions, and other events that reflect the organization and its work. Georgia State AFL-CIO officers President Herb Mabry, Secretary Martha True, and Secretary-Treasurer (later President) Richard Ray are depicted, as are other notable figures in the labor community, including Joe Jacobs, Al Kehrer, and Charlie Key. Events include state AFL-CIO conventions, Labor Awards dinners, Solidarity Day parades and events, Georgia State University Labor Archives events and lectures, AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (C.O.P.E) events, and civil rights functions, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parades and A. Philip Randolph Institute functions.

This collection includes photographs depicting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) strike against Eastern Airlines in 1989. The Eastern Airlines strike photographs consist of picket line scenes, Reverend Jesse Jackson's support of the strike, and the participation of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Other strikes depicted in this collection include the 1987 National Football League players' strike, the Amalgamated Transit Union strike against Greyhound Lines Inc., United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) strike against Foote and Davies Company (Atlanta, Ga.), the Communication Workers of America (CWA) strike against Western Electric Company, and the J.P Stevens boycott campaign.

Political events documented in the photographs include the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, 1984 and 1988, as well as the 1988 Democratic National Convention, held in Atlanta; campaigns for Georgia's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ben Jones and Congressman John Lewis; and state-level campaigns, such as Bo Ginn's campaign for governor in 1982, and Joe Tanner's for Georgia Labor Commissioner. The photographs depict numerous other political figures, including Zell Miller, Andrew Young, and Maynard Jackson. Civil rights leaders appearing in the photographs include Coretta Scott King and Rev. James Orange.

Some Unions represented in this collection include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 613, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) local 1790 and 2590, Communication Workers of America (CWA), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Local 85, Georgia State Employees Association (GSEA) Local 1985, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 387, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (AWIU) Local 48, and United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada Local 72.

History of the Journal of Labor

The Journal of Labor, based in Atlanta, was published 1898-1993. Founded by the Atlanta Federation of Trades, the periodical was later the official newspaper of the Georgia Federation of Labor and its successor, the Georgia State AFL-CIO. Publication ceased with the issue dated April 23, 1993. The journal chronicled labor events throughout Georgia including meetings and conventions, politics, social events, pickets, and strikes.

Index Terms

AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education
Eastern Air Lines, inc.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
J.P. Stevens & Co.
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Jacobs, Joseph, 1908-
Jones, Ben, 1941 August 30-
Kehrer, E. T., 1921-
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Mabry, Herbert H., 1929-2011
Miller, Zell, 1932-
Ray, Richard, 1941-
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
True, Martha, 1924-2008
Young, Andrew, 1932-
African Americans
Civil rights movements
Eastern Air Lines, inc., Strike, 1989-1991
Industrial relations
Labor movement--Study and teaching
Labor unions--Political activity
Atlanta (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)


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], Georgia AFL-CIO Journal of Labor Photograph Collection, L2004-01. Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Georgia State AFL-CIO, courtesy of Richard Ray, 2004 as part of L2004-01 (Georgia State AFL-CIO records). The Journal of Labor photographs were removed and processed as a separate collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Kata and Southern Labor Archives staff, 2004, and Carley Handerson, March 2014. Finding aid created by Carley Henderson, March 2014, edited by William W. Hardesty, March 2015.

Related Material

Related Material in This Repository
Journal of Labor Photographs (L1972-34, L1984-24, L1986-37, L1986-43), Southern Labor Archives

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