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Southern Labor Archives

Georgia State University’s Southern Labor Archives, established in 1971, is dedicated to collecting, preserving and making available the documentary heritage of Southern workers and their unions, as well as that of workers and unions having an historic relationship to the region.

Manuscripts | Digital Collections | W. J. Usery Papers | Voices of Labor Oral History Project | Audio-Visual Materials | Awards | Work n’ Progress: Lessons and Stories


Arbitration and Legal Issues

Auto, Railroads, and Transportation

Aviation and Airline Industry

Carpentry, Furniture, and Woodworking

Communication Workers

Construction and Building Trades

Domestic Workers

Electrical Workers

Food and Agriculture

Glass and Rubber Workers

Iron, Steel, and Sheet Metal

Labor Leaders and Activists

Labor Organizations and AFL-CIO




Office and Professional Workers

Paper, Typography, and Printing

Pattern Makers

Politics, Education, and Activism

Public Employees

Textile and Clothing Workers

Theater and Stage Hands

Retail and Service Workers

Audio-Visual Materials

Photographs (Finding Aid)
Southern Labor Archives Film & Video
Southern Labor Archives Sound Recordings


  • Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History
    The Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History honors Dr. Merl E. Reed and Dr. Gary Fink for their many contributions to education, labor studies, and the Southern Labor Archives.
  • Joseph Jacobs Labor Scholarship
    A $1,000 scholarship for Georgia State University students who are in good standing and also a member of a Georgia AFL-CIO affiliated labor organization (or the spouse, child or grandchild of a member).