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Southern Labor Archives: Archives of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: Donating IAM Records

Why Donate?

Donating your records to the Southern Labor Archives ensures that historically significant records are preserved and made accessible.

These records serve as society's collective memory and provide evidence of the past and promotes accountability and transparency.

The Southern Labor Archive's collections help people and organization understand their history and role in shaping the past.  They foster a sense of community and identity.  

Donating to the Southern Labor Archive is easy! Contact Lisa Vallen at or at 404-413-2886 with the following information: 

  • Types of material to be donated
  • Amount of material to be donated
  • Any time constraints

Types of Material to Donate

We accept the following types of materials in the archive.  If you aren't sure, contact us!

  • Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Annual Reports
  • Negotiations
  • Arbitrations
  • A select number of grievances
  • Strike Material
  • Committee Information
  • Elections and legislative files
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Constitutions and by-laws
  • Newsletters
  • Organizing materials
  • Charters
  • photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Film and videos

What not to donate

We do not collect the following material:

  • Routine financial records such as:
    • Bank statements
    • Cancelled checks
    • Purchase orders
    • Tax information
  • Office management records such as:
    • Routine correspondence
    • Time cards
    • Annual leave requests
  • Information widely available elswhere
    • Books
    • Magazines
    • Articles

About the Southern Labor Archives

The Southern Labor Archives was established in 1971 preserves the history of work and workers in the South and have been collecting and providing access to this rich history for over 50 years.

We received our first IAM collection in 1972 from Local Lodge 1, Atlanta, GA. 

We became the official repository and archive for the IAMAW in 1992.

We have over 60 collections that are more than 1,000 linear feet of material from the IAMAW.