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ALPA Governing Bodies: Board of Directors Records

Identifier: LR000247_BOD

Scope and Content

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 correspondents: David L. Behncke, Clarence N. Sayen, Charles H. Ruby, J.J. O’Donnell and Henry Duffy


  • 1932 - 1990


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.


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 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.


22 Linear Feet (22 SB)


The collection contains meeting transcripts and related materials of the Air Line Pilots Association Board of Directors, including board committee reports.


Files are arranged chronologically by meeting year.


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.

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.


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.

Two (2) audio cassette tapes of the 32nd BOD, dated Oct 24, 1990 and numbered tapes 2 and 3 by ALPA, have been transferred to the Archives’ Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 2001.
Guide to the ALPA Governing Bodies: Board of Directors Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

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