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NALC Information Center Records

Identifier: LR001912_IC

Scope and Content

Items in this portion of the NALC collection reflect the Information Center’s status as a special library—collecting materials in the subject areas of labor issues and practices, the postal and telecommunication industries, government and politics, economics, and occupational safety and health.

Part 1 includes copies of the NALC Constitution; national agreements between NALC and the U.S. Post Office Department and U.S. Postal Services; convention materials; NALC publications, guides, and reports; arbitration decisions; subject files including Government and project files; materials relating to the 1986 Edmond, OK Post office shootings; and local newsletters from 1987-1996.

Series 1: NALC Constitution, 1889-2004 The NALC Constitution relates to the union’s structure and operations. It includes laws governing all aspects of NALC, including elected officers’ duties and salaries, elections, branch and state associations, the United States Letter Carriers’ Mutual Benefit Association, the National Sick Benefit Association, and the Health Benefit Plan. Documents in this series, listed in chronological order, consist of a photocopy of the original NALC Constitution adopted in Milwaukee, WI in 1889, the NALC 1935 Constitution, and printed copies of each NALC Constitution amended biennially between 1966 and 2004. The original 1889 Constitution and other early versions are contained in the NALC historical records.

Series 2: National Agreements, 1966-2004 Documents in this series consist of printed copies of the National Agreements in effect between NALC and the U.S. Post Office Department for the years 1966 through 1970, and between NALC the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the years 1971 through 2004. These formal agreements detail all negotiated items, including wages, hours and working conditions. Agreements are listed in chronological order.

Series 3: Title, National Conventions, 1960-2004 Subseries A, Original Transcripts, 1970-1992 Folders in this subseries contain original transcripts of the 47th and the 50th through 58th national biennial conventions (1970, 1976-1992). Unless otherwise indicated, each transcript contains a subject and page number index. Transcripts are listed in chronological order. Subseries B, Published Convention Materials, 1960-2004 Subseries B contains published and/or printed material relating to the 42nd and the 47th through 64th national biennial conventions (1960, 1970-2004). These include published copies of the convention proceedings with edited transcripts; officer, department and committee reports; souvenir programs; workshop handbooks, and other miscellaneous printed items. Conventions are listed in chronological order.

Series 4: NALC Publications, 1976-2001 This series contains issues of publications produced by various offices and departments within NALC. Issues of the NALC Activist and the NALC Postal Record are located in the archives library. Includes the following publications: EI Dialogue (A newsletter for participants in the NALC/USPS Joint Employee Involvement Process); NALC Activist (Geared towards the educational/training needs of branch officers and stewards); NALC Arbitration Advocate (A publication of the Contract Administration Unit and Education Department); NALC Bulletin (News on special union activities, major arbitration decisions and key legislation); NALC Capitol Notes (Legislative news for members); Postmark Washington; (Formerly NALC Capitol Notes); and NALC Retiree (A quarterly publication for retired members).

Series 5: Guides, Handbooks, Manuals, Reports, Etc., 1963-2006 Folders contain guides, handbooks, manuals, reports, brochures, seminar and training materials, conference materials, pamphlets and other miscellaneous items prepared and/or published by NALC. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 6: Arbitration Decisions, 1972-2002 This series contains summaries of significant postal arbitration decisions that involved NALC during the years indicated, including national-level decisions. These summaries were published by the NALC Contract Administration Unit in condensed form for use by officers and stewards of NALC.

Series 7: Subject Files, 1948-1994 Subseries A, Government, 1948-1984 Subject files in this subseries contain materials relating to U.S. Government policies, laws, and legislation on numerous issues affecting the postal service, NALC, and/or letter carriers. Included is correspondence with U.S. senators and representatives, reports, transcripts of testimony, press releases, information on congressional and committee hearings, and pertinent congressional publications. Testimony and witness statements made by NALC officers are noted, including those made by NALC presidents Doherty, Keating, Rademacher, Vacca and Sombrotto. Topics are listed first alphabetically and then in chronological order.

Subseries B, General, 1970-1994 Files in this subseries relate to miscellaneous NALC programs, studies, committees and interests. Of note is material compiled on the subject of possible mergers between NALC and other unions, including discussions, proposals, feasibility studies and eventual rejections. Topics are listed alphabetically.

Series 8: Post Office Shootings: Edmond, OK, 1986-1987 Materials in this series consist of news clippings, correspondence, interview transcripts, personnel records, and the U.S. Attorney report relating to the August 20, 1986 shootings at the Edmond, OK post office. On that date, carrier Patrick Henry Sherrill shot and killed fourteen co-workers and injured six others before shooting himself. Of special interest are exhibit materials compiled during the investigation. These include interviews with both postal and non-postal witnesses, as well as other materials placed into evidence in this case.

Series 9: EI Newsletters (Local), 1987-1996 Series 9 contains newsletters published by workteams participating in the Employee Involvement Program at the local level.
Part 2 consists of branch and state association newsletters from 2013-2015.

Series 10: Newsletters, 2013-2015
Part 3 consists of branch and state association newsletters, as well as VHS tapes, from 2016.

Series 10: Newsletters, 2016 Series 11: 1982-1994


  • 1889 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2016


Language of Materials

Material primarily in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Copyright to the materials is held by National Association of Letter Carriers. No material in this collection may be photographed or otherwise copied/digitized without written permission from the copyright holder. 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 National Association of Letter Carriers’ Information Center, located at NALC headquarters in Washington, DC, is the result of efforts by NALC research director F. John Miller to create a collection of material to support research activities and meet the information and educational needs of the officers and staff. By the early 1980s, Miller had developed a comprehensive collection of publications and resource materials generated by various NALC offices, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Government, and other miscellaneous sources. This collection was referred to as “the library.”

In 1984, the position of information specialist/researcher was created and librarian Candace Main (later known as Candace Main Rush) was hired to organize the library material and develop an up-to-date, computerized, well-functioning research facility and repository. In 1986, with the completion of these tasks, the library was formally named the NALC Information Center. Main Rush was later named director, responsible for collection development and maintenance, reference and research services, and NALC records management.

The primary mandate of the NALC Information Center is to provide the most current and relevant information materials possible to support the work of officers and staff on behalf of the members. Current information is gathered and disseminated, historical documents are consolidated and preserved, and vital NALC records are maintained. The Information Center answers reference requests from NALC officers, staff and members—some leading to lengthy research projects—and responds to basic inquiries from individuals, students, academic researchers, and educational institutions.

The Information Center often works closely with the NALC research department on issues of importance to the union, such as collective bargaining, national-level arbitration cases and, most notably, preparations for the union’s 1989 Centennial Celebration.

Candace Main Rush received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from DePauw in 1971; a Master of Arts degree in history from Tufts University in 1973, and a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College in 1974.

Prior to her work with NALC, Main Rush was assistant librarian at the Southbury, CN Public Library. Earlier in her career she was employed by the Kearsarge, NH School District, provided indexing services for Research Publications, Inc. in Woodbridge, CN, and worked as a freelance indexer and abstractor for publishers in NY and CN. Main Rush retired from NALC in 2005.


27 Linear Feet (27 SB)


The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Information Center, located at NALC headquarters in Washington, DC, is the result of efforts by NALC research director F. John Miller to create a collection of material to support research activities and meet the information and educational needs of the officers and staff. The information center works to gather and disseminate current information, consolidate and preserve historic documents, and to support NALC research initiatives. This collection consists of materials collected by the informaition center for that purpose.


Part 1: Arranged in 9 series - Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1), Series 3 (Box 1-10), Series 4 (Box 11), Series 5 (Box 12), Series 6 (Box 12), Series 7 (Box 12-16), Series 8 (Box 16-17), and Series 9 (Boxes 17-18). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box.

Series 3 and 7 are each further arranged into 2 subseries.
Part 2: Arranged in 1 series- Series 10 (Boxes 19-24). Folders are listed by their location in each box.
Part 3: Arranged in 2 series - Series 10 (Boxes 25-26) and Series 11 (Box 27). Folders are listed by their location in each box.


The materials in Part 1 were deposited in the Walter P. Reuther Library by NALC in 2001 and 2007.
The materials from Part 2 were deposited in 2016.

Related Materials

NALC Department of Research and Education Records, NALC collections


Part 1: The following publications from Part 1 have been transferred to the archives library:

The NALC Postal Record, published monthly, 1914 thru 2007 (incomplete). The library continues to receive current issues of this publication.

The NALC Activist, published quarterly. The library continues to receive current issues of this publication.

NALC branch and state association newsletters, 1988 thru 2002 (scattered and incomplete).

Audiovisual materials have been placed in the AV portion of the NALC collection.

Historical documents and materials collected in preparation of the 1989 NALC Centennial Celebration can be found in the Historical portion of the collection.
Box 27, located in Part 3, was transferred to the Reuther Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Part 1 processed and finding aid written by Kathryn Dowgiewicz, in December, 2007.
Part 2 processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on March 29, 2016.
Part 3 processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on July 2, 2018.
Guide to the NALC Information Center Records
Part 1 processed by Kathryn Dowgiewicz in 2007.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA