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Description: In the past year, the Southern Labor Archives has created two specialized websites, Differing in layout and content, each shows the exciting possibilities of presenting historical information online. The W. J. Usery, Jr. website features infonnationand online resources about twentieth century American labor during Usery's career. Biographical information is presented chronologically by topic (pre-labor, lAM, Department of Labor, collective bargaining and arbitration) and is supplemented by oral history abstracts, a photograph database, a collection finding aid, and a listing of related sources. The photograph database, which h as 102 images, is divided into three parts: lAM, U.S. Government Service, and Bill Usery Associate Files. Each image w, J, "Bill" Usery. Jr. ca.!9:jl,f:-Y}' Usery, Jr. Collection, thumbnail links to}~~.larger image and is shown with identifying information. L1985-12/IO)" '. The Internatio. nal Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers webpage wentr;~liye!;.in May 2001. The pag((js,:arrallg~d bY:~9Piy"suc4as general history, officers;oralhistory abstracts; artifacts, ;, ;_::,.~':" ~"" ":C':::i,: .{,-, , - '.:: _0"'::: "0 ,-- ," - ,:' :;,,', ::.:-" labor laws, an onlinehhibit on former InterU'af' .., sidenf WinplsiQger,artd related sourcesjT1l~ artifacts exhibit includes scanned images,o,f~!p~ort~'nt artifacts; each fit to a,,~~rgeorillla:~e andfQfonnation about'ti{~ item. Coming soon to the lAM website will be'd'e'sgiiptions ofIAM collecti~ns,enco d in'HTML format.' Usery Website: http://www.library.gsu.edu/spcoll/Labor/Usery/index.htm lAM Website: http://www.library.g:;;u..edu/spcoll/Labor/iam/iamaw.htm l ' - DeAnna Janecek, ArchivaIAssis(G,i](,i ,. JA,'RESEAItCHER.'S VIEW For the last several years I have had the pleasure of exploring a small percentage of the thousands upon thousands of boxes that comprise the Southern Labor Archives (SLA\ Severalo~thearchives' manuscript collections constitute a substantial partofthe research for my recently completed disserta!i,on, Wbmen'sWdrk: 'G~tm~nt Workers in'~he United States South, 1937-1980. The Records of the Southeastern Regional Office of the Illferhational Ladies q~l1Tlent Workers Union and the Emory Via Collection, as well as the oral histories of leading figures in the, southern laJ,ot movement w~re~articular1y useful to my work. From the very first day I entered the SLA, I recognized that one ofthe archives most important assets was its staff. Annie Tilden, Bob Dinwiddie and Julia Marks -Young were especially helpful, as they drew my attention to relevant collections and shared their extensive knowledge of southern labor history. In addition to the wealth of material on labor unions and their leaders, the collections ofthe SLA offer an important perspective on working people themselves. Correspondence between southern workers and union officers narrate essential, and often otherwise hidden histories of workers' lives. Letters from apparel workers in the ILGWU collection, for instance, discuss a wide range issues. Southern clothing workers often wrote about the illnesses offamily members, revealing the importance of union -supported healthcare to their lives. In hand-written testimonials, women workers explained with great emotion the many ways in which they were subjected to sexual harassment as they defended their right to be represented by a union in the South. The contacts that I made through the SLA led me to interview Nick Bonanno, a former Director of the Southeast Regional Office ofthe ILGWU, myself. In March of 1998, we spent a long afternoon in his basement office discussing the difficulties of organizing workers in the South. Our conversation made me keenly aware of the sacrifices he and his family made on behalf of the labor movement. As a young man, Nick spent long periods of'tirne away from his family, a significant sacrifice, he explained, for the son ofItalian immigrants. And yet, in the end, he felt it was all worth it As the premier archive of southern workers and their unions, scholars will find much to mine in the Southern Labor Arch ives, -Michelle Haberland, Researcher Check us out on the web: ww .library .gsu.cdu/ spcoll Labor/index Layout and design by Tammy Floyd and Sandi Roberts
Persistent Link to Item: http://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/labor/id/314

Related Institutions: Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections
Collection Information: Southern Labor Archives