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ALPA Governing Bodies: Board of Directors Records

Identifier: LR000247_BOD

Scope and Content

Part I:

These records date from 1932-1990.

The meeting transcripts of ALPA’s Board of Directors reflect the entity’s role as primary governing body for the Air Line Pilots Association. Included with the transcripts are reports to the Board of Directors from various committees.

Content includes Agenda items, transcripts, compilation of actions, and committee reports to the BOD which document the biennial conventions and special meetings convened by the Board of Directors of ALPA.

Important Names: David L. Behncke, Henry A. Duffy, J.J. O’Donnell, Charles H. Ruby, Clarence N. Sayen
Part II:

Series I: Meeting Materials, 1968-2009: Documents are similar to those in Part I. The series also contains manuals with ALPA's constitution, by-laws and membership policies.

Series II: AV Materials, 1990-2006: Consists of audiocassette recordings of meetings.

Series III: Reuther Digital Repository, 2004-2008: The repository holds meeting materials extracted from compact discs. Content includes compilations of actions, agendas, committee assignments and reports, as well as additional supporting meeting documents.

Important Names: J. Randolph Babbitt, Henry A. Duffy, J.J. O’Donnell, John Prater, Duane Woerth


  • 1932 - 2009


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.


The Air Line Pilots Association was founded in 1930. As part of its organizational structure, the Association formed a Board of Directors in addition to creating ALPA officer posts of President, First Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five regional Vice-Presidents. The Board of Directors, or BOD, is the highest governing body of the Association, and is vested with the control of ALPA, the union’s general management, and ALPA business affairs. The Board of Directors decides the union’s future course, including its strategic plan and leaders. The BOD is comprised of the chairmen (Captain) and senior copilot (Second Officer) representatives of all Local Executive Councils (LECs; a LEC is the ALPA equivalent of a local union). The five Regional Vice-Presidents are ex officio members of the BOD without voting rights. Association conventions are synonymous with a Board of Directors Regular Meeting, which occur every two years. Consequently, convention proceedings and Board of Director meeting transcripts are one in the same for regular meetings.

During a non-convention year (i.e., when the BOD is out of session), the two other governing bodies of ALPA, the Executive Committee and the Executive Board, must seek the advice or approval of the Board when a major policy change or determination is imminent. Usually members of the Board of Directors are balloted for their opinions and decisions when they are out of session. In addition, special meetings of the BOD can be called at any time by the Executive Committee, the Executive Board, or by the Association President in event of an emergency or on issues of vital importance to ALPA. In session, the Board of Directors speaks for the entire membership of ALPA.

The ALPA Board of Directors is the highest authority among the three governing bodies of the Association. Both the Executive Board and the Executive Committee, formed by the Association at Board of Directors regular meetings (ALPA conventions) in 1947 and 1952, respectively, draw their power and authority from the BOD. The decisions of the Board of Directors, whether rendered by ballot or in session, are the final governing decisions and are binding on the Association.


24.5 Linear Feet (24 SB, 1 OS)

6.8 Megabytes (91 files)


The collection contains meeting transcripts and related materials of the Air Line Pilots Association Board of Directors.


Files are arranged chronologically.
Part II has been divided into three series.

Series I: Meeting Materials, 1968-2009 (Box 23-24), Series II: AV Materials, 1990-2006 (Box 25), Series III: Reuther Digital Repository, 2004-2008


Part I: The meeting transcripts and related materials of the ALPA Board of Directors were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by ALPA’s Data Preparation and Data Resources Departments; ALPA President’s Department; ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department; and Governing Bodies Support of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1967 through 2001.
Part II: The meeting transcripts and related materials of the ALPA Board of Directors were deposited in the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by ALPA's Governing Bodies Department and Governing Bodies Support from 1998 through 2009.

Related Materials

Non-transcript and non-report BOD-related materials may also be found in the ALPA President’s Department collection. Informational reports submitted to the BOD either in non-convention years or while out of session during a convention year may be found in the ALPA Library Collection.

NOTE: During the 1980s, ALPA reproduced Compilations of Actions for BOD meetings dating back to the beginning of the Association. In some instances there also exist Compilation of Actions that were originally produced shortly after the meetings. Both sets of Compilation of Actions were retained because the irrespective index entries differ between the older and newer Compilation of Actions.


Part I: Many of the BOD transcripts were microfilmed by the President’s Department of ALPA. BOD transcripts for the years 1932-1978 are contained on ALPA microfilm reels numbered 993-1022. The December 1944 BOD transcript is contained on ALPA reel number 1261. These thirty-one (31) reels of microfilm have been transferred to the Archives’ Audiovisual Department.
Part II: The audiocassette recordings of meetings were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department. The meeting materials extracted from the CDs and floppy disks are in the Reuther Digital Repository.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 2001.
Part II: Processed and finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear on December 14, 2020.
Guide to the ALPA Governing Bodies: Board of Directors Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Bart Bealmear.
2001-08; 2020-12-14
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • December 14, 2020.: Part II processed and finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear on

Repository Details

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