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National Federation of Federal Employees - International Association of Machinists (NFFE-IAM):

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

March 2006

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 1.0 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Angela Lefebvre, March 2006
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Creator: National Federation of Federal Employees
Title: National Federation of Federal Employees records
Dates: 1917-2005
Quantity: 94 linear ft. (in 155 boxes and 58 volumes)
Identification: L2004-02

Organization Note

Organized into nine series: (I) National Conventions, (II) Administrative, (III) Constitutions, By-Laws and Agreements, (IV) Legal, (V) Financial records, (VI) Locals and State Federations, (VII) Lobbying efforts, (VIII) History and (IX) Restricted.

Scope and Content Note of the Records

The collections consists of the official records of the National Federation of Federal Employees. Included in these records are: convention proceedings, constitutions, bylaws, agreements, reports, charters, research materials, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual materials and files from the executive council. These materials pertain to the union's representation of federal civil service employees and provide documentation of the day-to-day activities of a national union. Also included is the official publication, Federal Employee.

Historical Note

In 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) was established at a convention in Washington, DC. Florence Ethridge presented the resolution to form NFFE as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). A week later AFL issued NFFE's charter.

NFFE is one of the oldest unions in the United States to represent federal civil service employees. Their first National President was H.M. McLarin. He was succeeded by Luther C. Steward, who served as president for 37 years.

For much of the 20th century, NFFE was the single biggest proponent of the civil service merit system. Many privileges federal employees enjoy today came as a direct result of NFFE pioneering the cause. Retirement benefits and the "equal pay for equal work" classification system are largely due to NFFE's efforts.

NFFE was originally chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL), but left it in December 1931. In 1999, NFFE affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, making them part of the AFL-CIO once again. Over the 20th century, NFFE has been working hard to defend workers rights in the federal sector upholding their slogan: "We Work for America Everyday."

NFFE National Presidents

24 September 1917-30 June 1918Howard Marion McLarin
1 September 1918-19 August 1955Luther Corwin Steward
1 September 1955-27 January 1957Michael E. Markwood
29 January 1957-30 September 1964Vaux Owen
1 October 1964-31 October 1976Nathan Tully Wolkomir
1 November 1976-31 October 1990James Monroe Peirce, Jr.
1 November 1990-31 October 1992Sheila K. Velazco
1 November 1992-2 January 1994Robert Scott Keener
3 January 1994-31 October 1994Sheila K. Velazco
1 November 1994-8 September 1995Louis Jasmine
9 September 1995-1 October 1995Sonya Constaine
2 October 1995-2 May 1996Robert Eugene Estep, Jr.
3 May 1996-31 October 1996Gary Wayne Divine
1 November 1996-21 February 1998James Doyle Cunningham
22 February 1998-31 October 1998Albert Schmidt
1 November 1998-presentRichard N. Brown

NFFE National Secretary-Treasurers

21 September 1917-30 September 1922Edwin J. Newmyer
1 October 1922-30 September 1925James P. McKeon
1 October 1925-19 August 1955Gertrude Marie McNally
20 August 1955-30 April 1959Henry G. Nolda
1 May 1959-30 September 1960Leland M. Walker
1 October 1960-30 September 1970Florence I. Broadwell
1 October 1970-31 October 1978Rita Mary Hartz
1 November 1978-31 October 1980Sadie Etha Seeley
1 November 1980-31 October 1988Abraham Jacob Orlofsky
1 November 1988-31 October 1992Ronald William Kipke
1 November 1992-31 October 1994Donald Wayne Reichert
1 November 1994-18 March 1995Stephen Benjamin McAfee
19 March 1995-28 March 1995Vacant
29 March 1995-10 October 1995Sonya Constantine
16 October 1995-31 October 1996Arthur R. Guarriello, Jr.
1 November 1996-1 November 1997Ruby Leona Rogers
7 January 1998-31 October 1998R. Joyce James
1 November 1998-1 December 1998Claude Daley
2 December 1998-21 February 1999Steven K. Flory
22 February 1999-1 November 2001Thomas Daniel Ray
2 November 2001-presentJohn Michael Paolino

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.

National Federation of Federal Employees--Archives
Civil service--United States.
Civil service--United States--Periodicals.
Government employee unions--United States.
Labor unions--Government employees--United States.
Convention proceedings.


Restrictions on Access

Some records of the National Federation of Federal Employees are available to researchers in the form of preservation photocopies or user copies. Some files are restricted until 2019.

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 Federation of Federal Employees records, Southern Labor Archives, L2004-02. Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the National Federation of Federal Employees, 2004.


Processed by Angela Lefebvre, March 2006, and Mary McMahon Dawson, May 2006.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Records, Southern Labor Archives
Abe Orlofsky Research Collection, Southern Labor Archives

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material, audiovisual material and periodicals were separated to the oversized collection, the labor non-print collection, and the periodical collection respectively. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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