Georgetown professor Joseph McCartin’s discussion of the PATCO strike in his book Collision Course details the 1981 demise of the air traffic controllers and the strike’s meaning for late 20th century labor-management relations as well as the legacy of the Reagan administration. If you missed his recent book talk at the Carter Center in October, watch it on CSPAN BookTV on November 5, at 8:30 pm. (Future airings will be listed on booktv.org.) Look for the University Library’s Labor Archivist, Traci Drummond, who introduces Dr. McCartin.
In Spring of 2011, Digital Library Services began digitizing a portion of the records of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers in the Southern Labor Archives as part of a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives. To date about 40,000 records have been scanned and added to the collection. Public access to some of the digitized series will be available this fall.