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ALPA Atlanta, Georgia Field Office Records

Identifier: LR000247_ATL

Scope and Content

Records relating to individual airline LECs from sixteen different states and the District of Columbia representing eight different air carriers are found in the Atlanta Field Office collection. The employing airline, the LEC number, and the location of individual LECs, are as follows: ALI LEC #88, Atlanta, and #114, Miami. DAL #9, Boston; #43, Chicago; #47, Dallas; #48, New Orleans; #66, Memphis; #71, Miami; #131, Houston, and #136, Newark, New Jersey. EAL #18 and 51, New York; #55, Philadelphia; #61, Houston; #72, Boston; #76, Chicago, and #142, Washington, DC. Pan American Airways (PAA) #6, New York. PAI #26, Roanoke, Virginia; #120, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; #121, Wilmington, North Carolina; #122, Norfolk, Virginia, and #148, Washington, DC. Republic Airlines (REP) #22; #73, Miami; #74, Memphis; #89, Chicago; #111, San Francisco; #126, Romulus, Michigan, and #136, Las Vegas. SOU #20, New Orleans; #73, Miami; #74, Memphis, and #75, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Finally, United Airlines (UAL) #34, San Francisco, and #150, Miami. Some of the materials found in the field office records are technical reports on a variety of subjects. ALPA contracts with several airlines are also among the Atlanta Field Office records. Additionally, “Friday Packs,” a compilation of news clippings, correspondence and other materials relating to the weekly operation of the Atlanta Field Office are also included. Other items of note are minutes and reports relating to contract negotiations with various airlines.

Of particular interest are records relating to significant changes in aircraft passenger compartment design. Documented is British Overseas Airway Corporation’s (acronym BOAC—now British Airways) decision in 1967 to install overhead luggage storage compartments on all its planes. This design, and its subsequent procedures, now has largely become the airline industry standard.

A small amount of material on the formation of Southern Airways in 1949 is present in the collection. In April, 1980 Southern merged with Republic. Ten years later REP merged with Northwest Airlines (NWA) in May, 1990. NWA subsequently merged with KLM/Royal Dutch Airways, and remains today one of the larger air carriers that have survived the post-deregulation 1980s which evidenced bankruptcies, mergers and corporate dissolutions among several major air carriers.

Materials in the folder entitled “CAP Communications and Awareness Program,” document ALPA’s role in human rights protests. The protest occurred during 1979 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Joshua Nkomo, head of the Zimbabwe African Peoples’ Union (ZAPU), was invited to speak at Morehouse. Nkomo was believed by many to be responsible for the downing of unarmed Air Rhodesia passenger flights during the 1965-1979 civil war in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). ALPA protested the presence of the man believed responsible for the loss of innocent civilian lives. Despite Association protests, Nkomo’s Morehouse address went ahead as planned.

A number of newsletters and magazines were transferred to the Archives Library. Some of these are as follows: Council News, In Range, The Air Line Pilot (including the special ALPA Story in September 1966, and a biography of Clarence Sayen in September 1965) and Plane Facts.

Photographs and 3D objects were removed and placed in the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department. These materials make up Box 56.

Important subjects in the collection: Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) strike, 1981 Alcoholic beverage limit, 1970 DAL contracts history DAL and Northeast Airlines merger, 1972 EAL Steward and Stewardess (Flight Attendant) Organizing, 1978 Friday Packets Hijacking/Skyjacking Human Intervention and Motivation Study Master Two Step, 1969 Northwest Airlines (NWA) strike, 1978 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Southern and North Central merger, 1978 Union of Professional Airmen (UPA)

Important correspondents in the collection: R. Cowling Henry Duffy Carl Eck M. L. Green Lee Hines P. V. Kelley R. E. Kling John J. Magee Frank Martineau Louis M. Mcnair Garland Moore Clarence N. Sayen

Series Description: Series I, Master Executive Council (MEC), 1955-1983 Series II, Alphabetic Subject Files, 1951-1984 Series III, General Files, 1949-1985 Series IV, Region II Vice President Files, 1959-1973 Series V: Photographs and 3D Materials, 1960-1977, undated


  • 1949 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1971


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 ALPA Atlanta Field Office is currently still in operation. The ALPA Atlanta location is also home of the Delta Air Lines Master Executive Council (DAL MEC), the main ALPA office representing all ALPA pilots flying for DAL.

“Joint council office” literally means that more than ALPA Local Executive Council (LEC)—local union—shares office space with another. The councils domiciled in the Atlanta office were Airlift International Airways (ALI) #88, Delta Air Lines (DAL) #44, Eastern Air Lines (EAL) #7, Piedmont Airlines (PAI) # 40, and Southern Airways (SOU) #112. ALPA changed the designation of the Atlanta area office from a joint council to a field office in the 1970s.

ALPA field offices provide services to local and regional area pilot members of the Association on a variety of levels such as grievance procedure, contract administration, negotiations, strike information and support. Pilot members served and represented by a particular regional field office (usually situated in a larger city whose airport is a major hub for one or more airlines) may be employed by several different airlines. In addition to member service functions, the field office is essentially a satellite office for the ALPA home office, or Association headquarters. The person in charge of the operation of the field office is the Field Office Manager, and this person is directly responsible to the ALPA President. Additionally, the office manager maintains regular communication with other Association officers and ALPA headquarters departments.


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Records of the office representing the interests of ALPA in the Atlanta, Georgia area. These records contain information on airline mergers, air traffic controllers strike, and skyjacking. Some of the material found are technical reports of a variety of subjects. Of particular interest are records relating to significant changes in aircraft passenger compartment design. Material documenting ALPA's role in human rights protests can also be found here.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-24), Series 2 (Boxes 24-40), Series 3 (Boxes 41-45), Series 4 (Boxes 45-55), and Series 5 (Box 56).

Custodial History

As identified in the inventory, some materials were returned to the donor, as requested.


In 1967, the Air Line Pilots Association, ALPA, designated Wayne State University as its official repository for the inactive historical records of ALPA. The records of the Air Line Pilots Association Atlanta, Georgia Joint Council Office (JCO)/Field Office (FO) were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs beginning in the early 1970s through the present by managers Nicholas A. Gentile and Robin A. McClary of the Atlanta FO; E.H. Moldenhauer, Jr., director of the Atlanta FO; Tobi Brimsek, ALPA Washington, DC office; and Peggy Ewell, Office Support Services, ALPA Herndon, Virginia.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by J. Laframboise on October 4, 1995. Additional materials added and finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear on October 1, 2021.
Guide to the ALPA Atlanta, Georgia Field Office Records
Processed by J. Laframboise.
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Revision Statements

  • October 1, 2021: Finding aid revised by Bart Bealmear.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA