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Voices of labor

Repository: Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections and Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Southern Labor Archives of Georgia State University initiated a labor oral history project, beginning in the fall of 1994. The project served an important purpose to the labor community, scholars, and GSU students. Despite a rich labor heritage, most accounts of Georgia's past have overlooked its workers and their unions. This project continues to help correct this omission and fill in these gaps by gathering the stories of key figures in the local and state labor movement. The stories are collected through interviews, autobiographical in nature, covering the subject's personal background, work history, participation in the labor movement and in key events and developments in local labor history.

This project is imperative in order to preserve the memories and knowledge of key, older labor veterans. Once preserved, these memories will not only document an important part of our heritage and be available for further research and analysis, but will also be made available to the general public through incorporation into exhibits, programs, documentaries, and other venues. Thus, this project will enable individual workers and unions to gain a better knowledge and appreciation of those who preceded them-- of the issues they faced, the tactics they utilized, the lessons they learned and the victories and defeats they experienced.

The Voices of Labor Oral History Project, through the staff of the Southern Labor Archives, will assure that all interviews are tape recorded, transcribed and cataloged. They are available at the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections Department, Pullen Library, at Georgia State University.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1994-2006

Language: English

Interviewees: Stewart Acuff, Dorothy Bolden, Nick Bonnano, J. W. Giles, Fred Halstead, Al Kehrer, Charlie Key, Herb Mabry, James Orange, Charlie Orrock, Billy Powell, Richard Ray, Morgan Stanford, Ruth Stanley

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American labor union members
Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama
Discrimination in employment
Equal rights amendments
Georgia--Race relations
Household employees--Labor unions
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Labor movement--Southern States
Labor unions--Organizing--Southern States
Southern Christian Leadership Conference




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