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Atlanta Labor Council:

A Guide to Its Records 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 Department
Creator: AFL-CIO. Atlanta Labor Council
Title: Atlanta Labor Council records
Dates: 1971-1985
Extent13 linear feet
Abstract:The Atlanta Labor Council was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Atlanta Federation of Trades, AFL, and the Atlanta Industrial Union Council, CIO. Its records are composed of office files, financial documents, membership records, minutes, photographs, and printed material of the Atlanta Labor Council and affiliated organizations, 1915-1969 (bulk 1956-1969).

Organization of the Records

Series I: Administrative Files, 1952-1985
Series II: Name Files, 1974-1985
Series III: Subject Files, 1974-1985

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the Atlanta Labor Council are organized into three record series: 1. Administrative files, 2. Name Files, and 3. Subject Files. In addition to these three series, the records also include a large body of printed items such as periodicals and pamphlets as well as a small number of non-print materials including artifacts and photographs. The materials have been housed in Special Collection's Printed Collection and Non-Print Collection.

History of the Atlanta Labor Council

The Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO, consists of local unions from the metropolitan area including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, and Forsyth counties. The Atlanta Labor Council was formed following the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Prior to the merger, the functions of a local central labor body were performed by the Atlanta Industrial Union Council and the Atlanta Federation of Trades.

The full-time staff of the Atlanta Labor Council includes the president and an office secretary. In addition to the president, the officers include the recording-corresponding secretary, the financial secretary-treasurer, the chairman of the board of trustees, and 15 vice-presidents. These 19 officers make up the council's executive council. All of these officers come from the leadership of the affiliated local unions.

The Atlanta Labor Council undertakes many projects for the benefit of organized labor including political education, lobbying, organizing the unorganized, coordinating funds drives, conducting union education, public relations, and numerous community involvement programs.

Biographical Sketches of Atlanta Labor Council Leadership

J. O. Moore was president of the Atlanta Labor Council in 1966.

John E. Wright was president of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1969 to ca. 1975.

Lane Douglas Brooks was president of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1977 to 1983. While president, Brooks attended the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, graduating in June, 1980. During his tenure as president Brooks also served on various boards and committees of community service organizations. Some of these positions were: vice-president of the Atlanta Chapter, Industrial Relations Research Association; board member, United Way; board member, Correctional Industries Board; board member, Health 1st, Inc.; board member, North Central Georgia Health Systems Agency, Inc.; board member, Metro. Atlanta Red Cross; board member, Economic Opportunity Atlanta; and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs. Brooks was also a member of the State Democratic Committee and of that body's Charter and Bylaws committee. He left the Atlanta Labor Council in 1983 to assume a position with the United States Youth Council Labor Desk.

Richard Ray became president of the Atlanta Labor Council 1983. Some of Ray's collateral positions included chairman of the Occupations Committee of the Private Industry Council of Atlanta, and cabinet member of the Atlanta Coalition for Women in Non-Traditional Jobs.

Martha D. True has served organized labor in Georgia in leadership positions since becoming a union steward in CWA Local 3204 in 1956. She served as the Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the Atlanta Labor Council from 1966 to 1983. True also served as Secretary of the Georgia State AFL-CIO beginning in 1972.

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--Atlanta Labor Council--Archives.
Georgia State AFL-CIO.
Labor unions--Georgia--Atlanta.


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], Atlanta Labor Council Records, L1986-20, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Atlanta Labor Council Records (accessions L1972-12, L1977-08); Atlanta Federation of Trades Records (L1974-07); Southern Labor Archives.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings was separated to other Southern Labor Archives Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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