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George Hopkins Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001362
Materials include general office material such as correspondence, daily logs, expense reports, press releases, as well as photographs.

Dates

  • 1958 - 1964
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1962

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

5.75 Linear Feet (5 SB, 1 MB, 1 folder)

Abstract

The George Hopkins Papers document ALPA’s activities during the Southern Airways (SOU) strike of 1960. Hopkins is a historian and the author of a number of books concerning airline pilots. He obtained the files from John Boyd, a SOU pilot who spent considerable time lobbying for ALPA in Washington DC during the strike.

The main issue of the SOU strike was equal pay for equal work. ALPA maintained that all pilots should receive the same salary regardless of the size of the airline, but Southern Airways, a smaller company, claimed they could only afford to pay a lower rate. The strike was long, lasting from 1960 until 1962, though ALPA ultimately prevailed.

History

The George Hopkins Papers document ALPA’s activities during the Southern Airways (SOU) strike of 1960. Hopkins is a historian and the author of a number of books concerning airline pilots. He obtained the files from John Boyd, a SOU pilot who spent considerable time lobbying for ALPA in Washington DC during the strike.

The main issue of the SOU strike was equal pay for equal work. ALPA maintained that all pilots should receive the same salary regardless of the size of the airline, but Southern Airways, a smaller company, claimed they could only afford to pay a lower rate. The strike was long, lasting from 1960 until 1962, though ALPA ultimately prevailed.

Arrangement

PLEASE NOTE: Folders in this collection are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the Reuther Library in 1988.

Transfers

Audiovisual material (box 6) has been transferred to the Reuther Library’s Audiovisual department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Bart Bealmear on January 25, 2016.
Title
Guide to the George Hopkins Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Bart Bealmear.
Date
2016-01-25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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