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J. W. Giles:

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: Giles, J. W., (James William), 1925-
Title: J. W. Giles Papers
Dates: 1920-1978
Quantity: 10.25 linear feet in 17 boxes
Abstract:James William Giles, labor leader, served as an official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 84 and as Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO. The collection consists of papers of J.W. Giles from 1920-1978. Includes correspondence, financial statements, legal documents, minutes, motion pictures, and printed materials. The bulk of the records relate to Giles' work with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 84 (1920-1972) and the Georgia State AFL-CIO (1968-1970).
Identification: L1974-29

Scope and Content of the Records

The Collection, 1920-1979 (bulk 1959-1979) of J.W. Giles comprise correspondence, legal documents, financial statements, minutes, printed material, films, photographs, and artifacts. The bulk of the materials relate to Giles's work with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 84 in Atlanta, 1959-1972, and as Secretary of the Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1968-1970. Other series pertain to his work as Chairman, Atlanta Labor Council Organizing Committee, 1957-1958; Secretary-Treasurer, Georgia Electrical Workers Association, 1963-1965; Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council No.14, 1967-1968; and as Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1972-1978. The Collection also contains smaller series of papers pertaining to the Georgia Federation of Labor, the Atlanta Building Trades Council, and to IBEW Local 84 from the 1920's to the 1940's.

Biographical Note on J. W. Giles

James William Giles, labor leader born 1925, served as an official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 84 and as Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO.

Giles served labor organizations in the following capacities:

1957-1958Chairman, Organizing Committee, Atlanta Labor Council
1959-1965Business Manager, IBEW Local 84
1963-1965Secretary-Treasurer, Georgia Electrical Workers Association
1967-1968Director, AFSCME District Council No.14
1968-1970Secretary, Georgia State AFL-CIO
1970-1972Asst. Bus. Mgr., IBEW Local 84
1972-1978Liaison Officer, U.S. Dept. of Labor-OSHA

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.

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Meany, George, 1894-
AFL-CIO. Atlanta Labor Council.
AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education.
AFSCME. District Council 14 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Atlanta Building Trades Council.
Georgia Electrical Workers Association.
Georgia Federation of Labor.
Georgia State AFL-CIO.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
United States. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Building trades--Georgia.
Electric industry workers--Georgia.
Labor unions--Building trades--Georgia.
Labor unions--Electric industry workers--Georgia.
Labor unions--Georgia--Officials and employees.
Labor unions--Local unions--Georgia.
Labor unions--Municipal employees--Georgia.
Labor unions--Officials and employees--Georgia.
Labor leaders--Georgia.
Labor unions--Electricians--Georgia.
Labor unions--Organizing--Georgia.
Municipal officials and employees--Georgia.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Labor--Trade-unions.
Motion pictures.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Oversize material stored offsite; allow 24 hours or more for retrieval.

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 (if any)], J. W. Giles Papers, L1974-29, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by G. W. Giles, May 31, 1974 (accession L1974-29). Additions donated by J. W. Giles on April 18, 1975 (L1975-19); on June 27, 1975 (L1975-28), 1979 (L1979-21), and 1982 (L1982-34).

Processing Information

Inventoried by Mary Froehlich (accession L1974-29), on April 26, 1978; Faye Gamel and Rose Smith (L1975-19), on April 30, 1975; Faye Gamel (L1975-28), on June 27, 1975; Crystal Rodgers (L1982-34), in October 2011. [Processing of accession L1979-21 unknown.]

EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services, June 2001; revised and single finding aid created by William Hardesty, January 2006. Accession L1982-34 added by processing archvist Crystal Rodgers on November 4, 2011.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Voices of Labor (oral history project) includes interview with J. W. Giles, September 11, 1995.

Separated Material

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

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