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Labor - Commissioner - Commissioner's Subject Files

Identifier: 016-01-007

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This series consists of records created during the tenure of Labor Commissioner Sam Caldwell (1966 to 1984). Initially created as the Department of Commerce and Labor in 1911 then subsequently reorganized as the Department of Industrial Relations in 1931, the Georgia legislature transferred the Department of Industrial Relations’ powers to the newly named Georgia Department of Labor in 1937. The executive officer for the Department of Labor is the Labor Commissioner and has a four-year term. This series contains correspondence between the Labor Commissioner Sam Caldwell and state and federal legislators, public responses to agency programs, and some annual reports and publications by the Department of Labor. In 1982, federal and state prosecutors investigated Caldwell on insurance and mail fraud charges following an accusation that he intentionally sank his yacht to collect on an insurance policy. In 1984, Caldwell resigned following his conviction on eight federal charges as well as misusing state workers. These records were initially transferred in 1985.


  • Majority of material found within 1967-1983



21.25 Cubic Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgia Archives Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States