Back in 1888, a machinist in one of Atlanta's railway yards, Thomas Talbot, brought together eighteen of his fellow machinists. They were all committed to forming a craft union, and they shortly banded together to create the Order of United Machinists and Mechanical Engineers. Over the next 120 years, the Order would go on to include skilled laborers who worked on planes and other forms of transport as part of their union. This rather unique collection is housed at the Georgia State University Library, and it includes documents from the Association's history. The materials here are divided into ten topical areas, including "History", "Executive Officers", "Digitized Publications", and "Oral History Abstracts". In the "Digitized Publications" area, visitors can view the complete run of the Machinists' Monthly Journal, which was published from 1889 to 1956. The site also includes brief profiles of the union's leaders in the "Executive Officers" area and a collection of early ephemera in the "Artifacts" section.


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