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ALPA Governing Bodies: Executive Board Records

Identifier: LR002246

Scope and Content

The records include minutes, agendas, transcripts, correspondence, general books, reports, and supporting documents for meetings from 1947-2009.

Specific subjects: professional standards, national security, alcohol/drug testing, jumpseats, in-flight image/video and voice recording, field office closings, strike policy and benefits, flight time/duty time, pay scale/pay formulas, pilot fatigue, seasonal unemployment, seniority lists, age 60 rule, third crew member/crew complement, instrument flight rules (IFR) v. visual flight rules (VFR), Steward and Stewardess Division, National Airlines strike in 1948, American Airlines split in 1963, and the removal of President David Behncke in 1951.

Important Subjects: Air traffic control, Airline pilots, Airlines Collective bargaining, Airlines—Employees—Drug testing—United States, Airlines—Employees—Labor unions, Airlines Hijacking, Airlines—Mergers, Airlines—Safety measures, Airlines—Safety regulations, Airlines—Security measures, Airlines—Strikes and lockouts, Airlines—Technological innovations—United States, Airlines—United States—Management, Airplane Airworthiness, Airplanes—Noise, Airplanes—Piloting, Airplanes—Piloting—Safety measures, Civil Aeronautics Board (U.S.), Federal Aviation Administration, Pilots and pilotage, Terrorism

Important names: W.W. Anderson, J. Randolph Babbitt, David Behncke, Henry Duffy, Grant LeRoux, J.J. O’Donnell, John H. Prater, Charles Ruby, Clarence Sayen, Francis Spencer, Duane E. Woerth
Series in Part II:

Series I - Meeting Materials, 2000-2009: Contains transcripts, compilations of actions, and committee reports.

Series II - AV Materials, 2004-2006: Consists of audiocassette recordings of meetings.

Series III - Reuther Digital Repository, 2005-2009: Holds meeting materials extracted from compact discs and floppy disks. Content includes compilations of actions, transcripts, agendas, committee assignments and reports, as well as additional supporting meeting documents.


  • 1947 - 2009


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The Executive Board was created in 1947 by the Board of Directors to replace the Central Executive Council. Originally, the Executive Board was mandated to meet twice a year, but this policy was discontinued in 1951, and the board did not meet for another twelve years. During this period, the association used the Executive Committee to cover the duties of the board, as it was a smaller body, which facilitated decision making. In 1960, another policy change enabled the board to meet at regular intervals again and left open the possibility for special meetings to be called by the president or thirty percent of the Executive Board membership. Since then, the board has usually met at least twice a year. Currently, the board meets during the April/May and September/October periods.

The Executive Board is made up of each member airline’s Master Executive Council chairperson; members of the Executive Council are ex officio members of the board. The Executive Board has the power and authority to control the association, its business affairs, and general management, subject to ALPA’s constitution and by-laws. The board can also interpret the constitution and by-laws, as well as create or change policy. Meetings include reports by the president, the first vice president, the vice president-administration/secretary, and vice president-finance/treasurer, the Executive Council, and the committees of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board, and the Executive Council.


19 Linear Feet (18 SB, 1 MB, 1 OS)

16.3 Megabytes (digital files)


The Executive Board was created in 1947 as part of ALPA’s governing structure to assist the Board of Directors. The Executive Board exercises control over the association and manages its business affairs when the Board of Directors is not in session. The Executive Board can also interpret the constitution and by-laws, as well as create or change policy. The board covers issues such as administration, membership, accounting and finance, engineering and air safety, employment agreements, retirement and insurance, contract administration, and mergers. The records include minutes, agendas, transcripts, correspondence, general books, reports, and supporting documents for meetings from 1947-2009.


The records are arranged in chronological order.
Part II has been divided into three series.

Series I: Meeting Materials, 2000-2009 (Box 17-18), Series II: AV Materials, 2004-2006 (Box 19-20), Reuther Digital Repository, 2005-2009


Part I: Includes materials from Data Resources, Governing Bodies Support, and President’s Office records.
Part II: Includes materials from Governing Bodies, and Governing Bodies Support records.

Related Materials

ALPA Microform, Box 30, “ALPA President,” Rolls 1018-1048 contain executive board transcripts from the 1st-33rd meetings, Rolls 1260-1266 contain transcripts from the 34th-38th meetings.


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: Finding aid written by Kathy Makas, January 2012. Reprocessed with additional materials and rewritten by Kathy Makas, August 2013.
Part II: Proecssed and finding aid rewritten by Bart Bealmear, February 2021. Finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear, August 2021.
Guide to the ALPA Governing Bodies: Executive Board Records
Processed by Kathy Makas and Bart Bealmear.
2012-01; 2021-02; 2021-08
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Revision Statements

  • February 2021 and August 2021: Finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA