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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia, records

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American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia:

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
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

September 14, 2011



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Crystal Rodgers, September 14, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia
Title:American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia, records
Dates: 1966-1979
Quantity: 15 linear ft. (in 12 boxes)
Abstract: Local 32 of the United Federation of Postal Clerks merged into the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. The records consist primarily of the administrative and office files of General President Wallace Baldwin, Jr., including correspondence, reports, minutes, constitutions and by-laws, contract negotiations, training materials, arbitration and grievances, newspaper clips, administrative files, and other printed materials.
Identification: L1980-34
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement

The collection was processed using minimum-standards processing practices.

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the American Postal Workers Union, 1966-1979, consist primarily of the administrative and office files of General President Wallace Baldwin, Jr., including correspondence, reports, minutes, constitutions and by-laws, contract negotiations, training materials, arbitration and grievances, newspaper clips, administrative files, and other printed materials. The bulk of the correspondence is between General President Wallace Baldwin, Jr. and union members, the AFL-CIO, other administrative officers, and affiliated organizations. A portion of the correspondence pertains to Baldwin's community involvement, including civil rights advocacy, volunteer projects, and labor education programs. Any documents prior to the 1971 merger relate to matters of Local 32 of the United Federation of Postal Clerks, AFL-CIO. Arbitration and grievance materials are restricted.

Materials from earlier accession L1979-38, 1940-1978, incorporated into this collection, contains resolutions, minutes, convention proceedings of Georgia Federation of Post Office Clerks, charter and charter application, biographical questionnaire, postal worker history, and pamphlets.


History of American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia

The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, was founded in 1971 and is today the world's largest union for the United States Postal Service employees. The United Federation of Postal Clerks, AFL-CIO, Local 32 (Atlanta, Ga.) became the Atlanta, Georgia Local of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, after merging in 1971 with the National Association of Post Office and General Services Maintenance Employees, Local 157; the National Association of Special Delivery Messengers, Local 48; and the National Federation of Post Office Motor Vehicle Employees, Local 76.

The American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, is divided into the following crafts with officers appointed within each: clerk, special delivery messenger, motor vehicle service, and maintenance. General officers were also appointed to oversee administrative matters within the union.

Wallace Baldwin Jr. served two terms as president of Local 32 in the 1960s and became General President after the merger. Baldwin held great influence over the union, with Local 32 growing from only 300 members into the largest local in the Atlanta region by the completion of his second term. In addition to overseeing the daily functioning of the office, Baldwin worked closely with the Civil Rights movement and also helped start a labor education program for union members at Georgia State University. The American Postal Workers Union remains active to this day, representing more than 220,000 postal employees in every state and continuing to advocate for economic justice and fair labor practices.

[Taken in part from the American Postal Workers Union website.]


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.

Baldwin, Wallace, Jr.
American Postal Workers Union
American Postal Workers Union. Atlanta Local 32 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Labor unions--Georgia--Local unions
Postal service -- Employees -- Labor unions -- Georgia
Postal service -- Employees -- Organizing -- Georgia
Postal service -- Georgia -- employees
Atlanta (Ga.) -- Labor -- Trade-unions

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Please consult with archivist for more information about accessing these records. This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta, Georgia, L1980-34, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by American Postal Workers Union members Walter C. Rucker in 1974 [L1974-47] and Wallace Baldwin, Jr. in 1979 and 1980 [L1979-38, L1980-34].

Processing Information

Processed by processing archivist Crystal Rodgers, September 2011.


Related Material

Related materials in other repositories: Collections about postal workers can be found at the following:

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Catherwood Library Kheel Center
Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archive collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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