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ALPA Governmental Affairs Office Records

Identifier: LR000700

Scope and Content

Part I: This collection largely reflects the activities of Judge James F. Gartland, from his appointment as director on May 5, 1971, through 1972. Gartland was a native of New HAven, Connecticut, and attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated cum laude in 1937. In 1941, he received his law degreed from Hartford (Conn.) College of Law. Gartland subsequently served as both a municipal court prosecutor and judge in East Haven, Conn. Prior to his appointment to the Governmental Affairs offic, Gartland acted as administrative assistant for Senator Thomas Dodd (D-Conn.) for twelve years and later worked briefly on the staff of Senator Harold Hughs (D-Iowa).

Important subjects: Air Carrier Safety Airport Security Fair Regulation Hijacking Pilot's Benefits Pilot's Rights

Important Correspondents: W.W. Anderson Howard Cannon Gary Green Lee Hines Ted Linnert J.J. O'Donnell Claude Pepper Lawrence Robinson John H. Schaffer John Stefanki
Part I Series Description: Series I, Subject Files, 1966-1974: Correspondence, memoranda, and other supporting materials documenting Governmental AFfairs role in ALPA's policy making process in relation to pertinent federal legislation.

Series II, Chronological Files, 1971-1972: Copies of correspondence and memoranda of the Governmental Affairs office from May 1971-December 1972.

Series III, Federal Legislation Files, 1971-1972: Printed copies of House and Senate bills, amendments and resolutions of the 92nd Congress and associated memoranda and testimony.
Part II: This collection consists of six exhibit packets concerning safety issues. The packets include articles, forecasts, assessments, procedures, correspondence, court documents, reports, etc., from the 1930s through the early 1980s. Nearly all documents are photocopies. Individual packets are undated, but appear to be from the early 1980s. Exhibit indexes not available for all packets.

Important Subjects: Aeronautics--Safety Measures Airline Pilots Airlines--Certification Airplanes--Instruments Air Traffic Control Boeing Airplanes Employees—Workload

Important Names: Bond, Langhorne O’Connell, J. J. Pryde, Gerry Sayen, Clarence Smith, C. R.


  • 1966 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 1972


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: 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.


Governmental Affairs is an office within the President's Department of ALPA. In its primary function, this office is the liaison between the union and Capitol Hill. It develops and maintains close working relationship with the Congress of the United States and its committees. The director advises various legislative bodies of ALPA policy objectives and interests, in addition to informing union membership and ALPA departments of events and transactions in the congressional arena. Although federal legislation constitutes most of Governmental Affairs concerns, state and local legislative actions are of interest to ALPA as well. A secondary function of the department is to provide tourist aid to union members and their families when visiting Washington, D.C., including obtaining House and Senate gallery passes and special White House tour passes.
Part II: The Governmental Affairs Office is presently called the Government Affairs Department and is within the President’s Department of ALPA. The primary function of the department is to lobby policy makers in the United States and Canada on behalf of the pilots. The department manages ALPA’s Political Action Campaign (ALPA-PAC), and supports the ALPA-PAC Steering Committee, as well as the MEC and LEC Legislative/Political Action Committees, and the International Affairs Committee.


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Part I: These records contain information on air carrier safety, airport security, hijacking, and pilots' benefits. They also mostly reflect the activities of Judge James F. Gartland during his appointment as director.

Part II: This collection consists of exhibit packets concerning safety issues.


Part I: Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), Series 2 (Box 5), and Series 3 (Boxes 6-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically, depending upon the series.
Part II: Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


Part I: The papers of the Governmental Affairs Office of the Air Line Pilots Associatino were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January, 1975.
Part II: The Air Line Pilots Association Records were first deposited at the Reuther Library in 1967—subsequent deposits have occurred, and the Reuther Library continues to serve as the official repository for ALPA Government Affairs records. The date this collection was acquired from ALPA is not known.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1992.
Part II: Processed and finding aid written by Bart Bealmear on June 23, 2015.
Guide to the ALPA Governmental Affairs Office Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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