Technologies of Research: The Southern Labor Archive

SSSL 2022 Post-Conference Seminar


Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 2:30 – 5:30 pm


Georgia State University Southern Labor Archives 


Lisa Vallen


Lisa Vallen is the Southern Labor Archivist and Instruction Coordinator at Georgia State University’s Library. She stewards over 10,000 linear feet of archival materials in the Southern Labor Archive and manages oral history projects. Ms. Vallen has seven years of experience in libraries and archives.  

Call for Papers:

The Southern Labor Archives, established in 1971, preserves the history of work and workers in the South, with an emphasis on union records, the personal papers of labor leaders and activists, the records of labor organizations and oral history recordings. This seminar will open the archive for in-depth exploration with the Southern Labor Archivist there to facilitate research and access.  Some potential areas of interest are: the civil rights movement, integration of local unions, union political activity, union communication and advertising, southern textile workers, air and train transportation industries, arbitration and mediation, women labor union members, and African American labor union members.  Prior to the seminar, participants will submit a brief research statement and a list of collections and boxes that they would like to view.

To learn more about the collections in the Southern Labor Archive visit ArchivesSpace and Digital Collections.

To Apply:

Please apply to only one seminar by the deadline below. The application process is simple: send a paragraph to [email protected] describing how this seminar will be of benefit to your professional goals. (If the seminar description asks for additional materials, please also provide these documents.) In selecting participants, seminar leaders will strive for a diversity of different institutions, academic ranks, and intellectual backgrounds. Graduate students, non-tenure track faculty, and independent scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no additional conference fee for seminar participation. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 10, 2022.

Contact Info:

Please contact Lisa Vallen ([email protected]) if you have questions.

Extended Deadline: June 1, 2022