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ALPA Los Angeles Joint Council Office Records

Identifier: LR000431

Scope and Content

Part I: The collection covers the period from 1939 to 1970, with special emphasis on the years 1947 to 1960.

Important subjects are: Steward and stewardess organizing American Airlines strike, 1957-1958 Pan American Airlines strike, 1957 Western Air Lines strike, 1958

Series Description: Series I- General Office Files This series consists mainly of correspondence between the ALPA Home Office and the Los Angeles Joint Council Office and between the Joint Council Office and the pilots' local executive councils of various airlines. Aside from routine correspondence, there are special files on accident reports, air safety and engineering, stewards and stewardesses, Master Executive Council meeting minutes for a number of airlines, and negotiators' reports. The "personal" files of H.B. Cox deal with safety problems and conferences and the opening of the Los Angeles Office. The "personal" files of H.M. Jones are concerned mainly with negotiations and questions of policy. This series covers the years 1947 to 1965, especially the 1950's.

Series II- Airlines Files This series is arranged alphabetically by name of airline, and consists of multiple copies of agreements, amendments to agreements, letters of agreement, supplemental agreements, etc., between the various airlines and ALPA. Also present are negotiating files, general correspondence, and files on specific topics of interest to the pilots of a particular airline. For some airlines, especially American, Flying Tiger, Pan American, Trans World, United, West Coast, and Western, there are also pilot grievances, minutes of Local and Master Executive Council meetings, accident reports, strike manuals, ballots and correspondence, retirement plans, etc. This series covers the years 1939 to 1970, especially 1947 to 1960.
Part II: This collection is broken up into two series and covers the time periods of 1954-1973.

Important Subjects: Alaska Airlines (ASA) Alaska Coastal Airlines (ACA) Bonanza Airlines (BAL) Continental Airlines (CAL) Flying Tiger Line (FTL) Pacific Airlines (PAL) Trans World Airlines (TWA) United Airlines (UAL) Western Airlines (WAL) West Coast Airlines (WCA)

Important Correspondents: Seth Oberg R.M. Ruble

Series Description: Series I: Airline Company Correspondence and Minutes, 1967-1973 This series is composed mainly of correspondence and minutes involving various airline companies. Most no table airlines in this series are Continental, Flying Tiger, Trans World, United, and Western.

Series II: Airline Company Mergers and Proceedings, 1954-1971 This series is composed mainly of mergers between various airlines and their proceedings and exhibits. Most notable mergers include Alaska-Alaska Coastal Airlines, Braniff-Panagra Airlines, and Western-Pacific- Bonanza Airlines. Also included are the exhibits and proceedings of arbitration concerning Western Airlines and ALPA.


  • 1939 - 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.


The Los Angeles Joint Council Office of the Air Line Pilots Association was established in January of 1950 and served as the headquarters of H.B. Cox, Regional Vice-President of ALPA. In July of 1952, ALPA initiated a new policy of setting up regional offices, of which Los Angeles was the first. The primary responsibility of the Regional Representative is to negotiate employment agreements with the airlines in his area. He also prepares grievance cases and acts as assistant to the regional vice-president.


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These records deal with activities of ALPA in the Los Angeles area and are divided into two parts.

Part one consists mostly of files concerning various airlines such as Continental, Flying Tiger, Los Angeles, Pan American, Trans World, United, and Western airlines. These take the form of correspondence, minutes, reports. Topics include negotiations, professional standards, mergers, air safety, and the needs of the military for civilian aircraft and crews.

Part two consists of more files of various airlines involving correspondence and minutes. The second series of this part contains information on airline mergers, exhibits, proceedings and arbitration.


Part I: Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), and Series 2 (Boxes 4-22). Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Part II: Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-7). Folders are arranged alphabetically. Note that boxes renumber in part 2.


Part I: The papers of the Los Angeles Joint Council Office were deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in October of 1970.
Part II: Part 2 contains materials deposited in March 1974.

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Repository Details

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