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Association of Flight Attendants: Dallas Records

Identifier: LR000981
The AFA-Dallas papers contain negotiations notes, agreements, budgets, flight attendant pairing schedules, and other material relating mostly to the international union from the 1950s to 1980.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: AFA negotiations AFA budgets AFA contracts AFA board meetings


  • 1952 - 1980


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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3.5 Linear Feet (7 MB)


The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) formed in 1973 after the Stewards and Stewardesses Division of the Air Line Pilots Association broke to form an independent association. The records of the AFA-Dallas Collection relate primarily to organizational proceedings of the international union.


In 1945 a group of United Airline stewardesses formed the first independent union for flight attendants--the Air Line Stewardesses Association. Several similar groups followed their lead through the 1940s, most of which were affiliated with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The Stewards and Stewardesses Division broke off from ALPA in 1973 and began calling itself the Association of Flight Attendants, a union which in 1981 represented approximately 22,000 members.


Material arranged alphabetically.


The papers of AFA-Dallas were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1980.

Related Materials

AFA and ALPA collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1993.
Guide to the Association of Flight Attendants: Dallas 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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Detroit MI 48202 USA