In the 1970s, the Organization and Field Services Department gained responsibility of union charter records. This collection consists of materials related to the organization and function of local central union bodies. Materials include constitutions and bylaws of AFL-CIO local central bodies in the United States, as well as accompanying correspondence.
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This collection consists of constitutions and bylaws of AFL-CIO local central bodies in the United States, as well as accompanying correspondence.
Additional information about the departmental history is available in the external document below.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by state and then alphabetically by local central body name. Contents of folders appear to be mostly reverse chronological.
The AFL-CIO Organization and Field Services Department transferred these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives in 1982. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.
This collection was minimally processed. Rusted paperclips have been removed. The collection has been re-boxed but not re-foldered. While the contents of the folders have not been rearranged, the folders themselves have been rearranged within boxes to conform to an alphabetical arrangement. Obvious duplicates have been removed.
Sarah Springer at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 2008. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2017, at which point Jennifer Eidson updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Jennifer Eidson also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.