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National Domestic Workers Union:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

February 21, 1984

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by William Hardesty from HTML source, October 2, 2006.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: National Domestic Workers Union (U.S.)
Title: National Domestic Workers Union (U.S.) records
Dates: 1965-1979
Quantity: 4.5 linear ft. (in 13 boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of records of the United Domestic Workers Union (U.S) from 1965-1979. The correspondence (1965-1979) reflects Bolden's efforts in organizing the Union and includes such correspondents as Julian Bond, Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Herman Talmadge, Allen Williams, Andrew Young, and other Georgia and national political figures. The subject files (1967-1979) cover a myriad of topics illustrating the Union's involvement in the Black community, the Manpower Program, the Career Learning Center, the Homemaking Skills Training Program, Maids Honor Day, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and various federal agencies. The collection contains minutes of the Union (1968-1971, 1978), the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Transportation (1970-1972), the Citizens Neighborhood Advisory Council (1972-1978), and MARTA (1973-1975). The collection also contains financial documents (1968-1979) including budgets, membership records, and files relating to Equal Opportunity Atlanta, which funded many of the Union's projects; and legal documents including agreements and contracts with Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
Identification: L1979-24

Organization of the Records

Organized into five series:(1) Correspondence, (2) Subject files, (3) Financial documents, (4) Legal documents, and (5) Minutes.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1965-1979, undated, of the National Domestic Workers Union (NDWU) contain correspondence, legal and financial documents, minutes, printed material, photographs, and one artifact. Among the correspondents are Julian Bond, Sam Nunn, Herman Talmadge, Andrew Young, and other Georgia and national political figures. The voluminous Subject Files cover topics such as NDWU's involvement in the black community the Manpower Program, the Career Learning Center, the Homemaking Skills Program, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), the Secretary's Advisory Committee on the Rights and Responsibilities of Women of HEW, and WIGO radio station in Atlanta. The Financial documents include budges and time sheets from Equal Opportunity Atlanta, which funded many of NDWU's programs, the Minutes pertain to the NDWU and also to some of the committees on which ms. Bolden Served, Such as the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Secretary's Advisory Committee on the Rights and Responsibilities of Women, and WIGO radio station. Proclamations, resolutions, and most of the seventy-two photographs relate to "Maids Honor Day." One artifact, the NDWU seal, completes the collection.

Historical Note

The National Domestic Workers Union was founded in Atlanta in 1968 by Dorothy Bolden to help women engaged in household work. The NDWU began an employment service, a "Homemaking Skills" program, and a "maids Honor Day." Ms. Bolden was the founder and president of NDWU.

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.

Bolden, Dorothy.
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Nunn, Sam.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-
Williams, Allen.
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
Equal Opportunity Atlanta.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
African Americans--Employment--United States.
Domestics--United States.
Labor unions and education.
Labor unions--Domestics--Georgia.
Labor unions--Domestics--Organizing--United States.
Labor unions--Domestics--United 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], National Domestic Workers Union (U.S.) records, L1979-24, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dorothy Bolden, July 10, 1977.

Processing Information

Inventory by Leonora Gidlund, February 21, 1984. Revised and EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, October 2006.

Separated Material

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

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