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NALC: Historic Artifacts Collection

Identifier: LR001911

Scope and Content

The NALC Historic Artifacts Collection documents over 120 years of the evolution of mail delivery.

The collection consists of documents relating to the U.S. Postal Service, Letter Carriers, and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Books, publications, journals, newsletters, posters, and records; as well as uniforms, photographs, buttons, tools of the trade, and other ephemera and artifacts are also included.

Notable photographs include: President Lyndon B. Johnson and President Richard Nixon; as well as correspondence between NALC and President George Bush.


  • 1860 - 2009


Language of Materials

Material almost entirely in English; One Spanish poster.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Copyright to the materials is held by National Association of Letter Carriers. No material in this collection may be photographed or otherwise copied/digitized without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Boxes must stay at the reference desk and researchers can only examine one folder or item at a time. Researchers must sit at one of the two tables in front of the reference desk.


54.5 Linear Feet (1 MB, 25 SB, 11 OS, 2 Packages)


Letter Carriers answered a call to meet in Milwaukee in 1889, with the intention to form a national association to ensure improved salaries, better working conditions, and greater security for letter carriers and their families. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) continues its efforts while representing over 300,000 active and retired city letter carriers from 2,500 branches across the country.


Arranged in 1 series. Folders are arranged topically and chronologically.


Materials were recieved from NALC in many shipments.

Related Materials

Refer to all NALC collections.


3 oversized photographs transferred to the Archives Audio-Visual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Nicholson on July 19, 2016.
Guide to the NALC: Historic Artifacts Collection
Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA