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William Crabtree papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1122

Scope and Content

This collection documents William Crabtree’s role as the Local 134 union president during litigious proceedings affecting union members. It includes court cases filed on the part of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 134; the city of Atlanta; and the federal government. All cases concerned discriminatory hiring practices. The collection contains grievances filed by Local 134 members concerning compensation and employment dismissal. There are statistics illustrating Atlanta’s Bureau of Fire Services’ employee breakdown, emergency response instances, and personal and property damages, along with brief bomb squad activity reports. There is a Bureau of Fire services recruitment plan and a report on salaries and working conditions in U.S. cities of 400,000- plus inhabitants.


  • 1975-1988, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

William Crabtree (1944- ) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to William M. Crabtree, Jr. and Laura Wills. He graduated from Murphy High School in Atlanta and subsequently joined the Atlanta Fire Department in 1970. Crabtree married Linda Connor in 1975, and attended Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia in the 1980s; he completed multiple certificates through the National Fire Academy; attained the rank of Battalion Chief in the Atlanta Fire Department; and served as the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 134 in Atlanta, Georgia, which represents and lobbies for fire fighter interests in both the United States and Canada.


0.417 linear ft. ((one document case()



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2016

William Crabtree papers
Charles Busby
June 2017
Description rules
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305