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Carmen Lucia:

A Guide to Her 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

May 2001

Profile Description

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

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Lucia, Carmen, 1902-1985
Title: Carmen Lucia Papers
Dates: 1929-1976
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract:Carmen Lucia was active as union organizer, primarily for the Hat, Cap, & Millinery Workers. Her papers, 1929-1976, consist almost exclusively of newsclippings describing her career.
Identification: L1976-32

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Carmen Lucia Papers, (1929) 1933 - 1970 (1976) consists almost exclusively of newsclippings describing her career as an organizer primarily for the Hat, Cap, and Millinery Workers. The clippings cover her activities in all parts of the country, and include coverage of organizing drives, strikes, contract negotiations, and union cultural and recreational activities.

Additionally, these papers, 1927-1979 of Carmen Lucia comprise correspondence, printed items, and two audio cassette tapes. The correspondence reveals Lucia's dedication to explaining the role of organized labor. She spoke on numerous occasions to civic, religious and educational groups. When Lucia moved to Atlanta �. 1946), she joined the Atlanta League of Women Voters, and continued her speaking engagements. In 1948 and 1949, Lucia discussed "Labor's Role in Community" for the Leadership Training Institute, University of Georgia (Athens) and spoke to classes at the University of Georgia - Atlanta Division (now Georgia State University). Lucia also visited France in 1950 under the auspices of the Economic Cooperation Administration and subsequently wrote a report concerning the French labor movement. A noteworthy correspondent (1978-1979) is Faye Phillips Gamel, a graduate student at Georgia State University writing a thesis on Lucia's career. Lucia recalls some of her memories from the Bryn Mawr Summer School For Women Industrial Workers in a letter to Gamel.

Biography of Carmen Lucia

Carmen Lucia (born April 3, 1902, Calabria, Italy) entered the labor movement in 1925 with the Rochester, New York, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. In 1930, Lucia joined the Neckwear workers and organized in New Haven, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 1934, Lucia began organizing for the millinery workers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Garland and Longview, Texas. Over the next several years, Lucia organized hat workers and other industrial workers in DeKalb, Ill.; Atlanta, Ga.; Norwalk, Conn; Greenville, Ala.; Corsicana, Texas; Winchester, Tn.; Holyoke, Mass.; and Richmond, Va. Lucia was elected union vice-president in 1946.

Lucia retired in 1974 and died in 1985.

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.

Lucia, Carmen, 1902-1985--Archives
United Hatters, Cap, and Millinery Workers International Union.
Labor Unions--Organizing.
Women labor union members--United States.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Oversize material stored offsite; allow 24 hours 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], Carmen Lucia Papers, L1976-32, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Carmen Lucia, 1976. Interview of Carmen Lucia by Faye Phillips Gamel gift of Faye Phillips Gamel, 1979. Materials in biographical file donated in 1979 (accession L1979-32).

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

File in Southern Labor Archives Biographical Collection
Elizabeth Nicholas, "Carmen Lucia: Union Troubleshooter," in Joyce Maupin, ed., "You can't scare me ...": Labor Heroines, 1930s-1980s (San Francisco: Union WAGE [Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality], [1981]), Southern Labor Archives book collection
Brigid O'Farrell, "First a Troublemaker, Then a Troubleshooter: Carmen Lucia, United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (1902-1985)," chapter 3 in Rocking the Boat : Union Women's Voices, 1915-1975 (New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers University Press, 1996), Southern Labor Archives book collection
Faye Phillips Gamel, The Hat Lady: A Career Biography of Carmen Lucia (M.A. thesis, Georgia State University, 1979), Georgia State University Library

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize records, 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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