Walter Richard Wheeler Jr. was born in Albany. Walt's professional career and home life were intertwined with labor advocacy for more than 40 years, starting in 1972 when he began working for Huyck Felt Company, formerly in Rensselaer and simultaneously became active in the United Textile Workers of America, Local 76. Walt worked for Tek-Hughes in Watervliet beginning in 1983 and joined Local 20468; eventually serving as president, member of the executive board and Negotiating Committee for the Local. Always modest and reticent when it came to taking credit for his work, he was a well-known fixture at conferences, demonstrations, strikes, contract negotiations and labor celebrations. Walt lost his voice to cancer in 1999; he used this experience to redouble his efforts in giving voice to the concerns of workers everywhere, using pen and paper as his tools. His stamina, integrity, dedication and determination were an inspiration to all who met him. The number of offices he held in local and statewide labor and advocacy groups was extensive. Among them, they include presidency of CDULSTC Local 76; member of the Executive Board of the Capital District Union Label and Service Trades Council; president of the Albany Labor Council Committee on Political Education; sergeant-at-arms of the Albany Central Federation of Labor; vice-president of the New York State Union Label and Service Trades Department; secretary-treasurer of the Capital District Union Label and Service Trades Council, AFL-CIO; first vice-president of the Albany, New York Central Federation of Labor; trustee of the Troy Area Labor Council; treasurer of the Capital District Labor Day Parade Committee; and president of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. Walt's work was recognized by his peers and public officials by numerous awards, honors and legislative resolutions. His legacy of community service includes his advocacy work and charitable projects including the City of Hope, the United Fund, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
The publications range from professionally produced magazines to independently published zines. These publications are scheduled to be cataloged in Minerva, the University Libraries' online catalog. The collection also includes material often considered to be ephemeral such as handbills, flyers, advertising postcards, stickers, matchbooks, and other promotional material for various events and venues. Objects includes a condom packaged by the AIDS Council Project HOPE and a latex dental dam from the Women's Action Coalition both of which were used to promote safe sex.
The collection has no series, arranged chronologically.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Walter Wheeler.2005 December
Processed by: Tajon Rice in 2006-02.
Collection record created by: Mark Wolfe
Converted to EAD, 2015 December
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|1||1||ACT (Albany Civic Theater)||1996|
|1||3||ASP (Albany Student Press)||2000-2001|
|1||8||Bay Windows||1986, 1997|
|1||11||Capital Pride||2001, 2005|
|1||12||CDC (Centers for Disease Control)||Undated|
|1||29||Each of Us Inevitable||1977-1989|
|1||31||The Fifty Column||1993|
|1||32||Gay Community News||1996|
|2||1||Gayzette, Greater Utica Lambda Foundation (GULF)||1991, 1994-1996|
|2||2||GLBT-New Englands largest newspaper||2005|
|2||3||The Griot Press||1996|
|2||4||Human Rights Campaign||1997, 2000-2001|
|2||7||In Our Own Voices||2005|
|2||8||In the Life-The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1993-1994|
|2||9||In the Life -The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1995|
|2||10||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1996|
|2||11||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1996|
|2||12||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1997|
|2||13||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1997|
|2||14||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1998|
|2||15||In the Life - The Lesbian & Gay Newspaper of the Hudson Valley & Tri-State Area||1998|
|2||16||Inside Out Hudson Valley||2004-2005|
|2||17||Inside Out Hudson Valley||2005|
|2||18||Lambda Rising News||1994-1995|
|2||19||The Lesbian and Gay Pink Pages, Gay Pride Issue||1992|
|2||20||Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals Newsweekly Au Courant||1996|
|2||21||LGNY (Lesbian & Gays New York)||1997|
|2||22||Love and Rage||1990|
|2||23||Men Talk, Twin Cities Mens Center||1989|
|2||27||Metropolitan Community Church of the Hudson Valley||1999|
|2||30||One in Ten||1995|
|2||31||Out & About||Undated|
|2||32||Out in the Mountains||1998-1999|
|2||33||People First, Rensselar Polytechnic Institute||Undated|
|2||35||The Pink Paper||1997|
|2||37||PWAlive, Newsletter by, for, and about People affected by AIDS||1989|
|2||41||To Avoid Suffocation, Gull, #1-4||Undated|
|3||1||1. Womens Building News, (Albany)||1994-1996|
|3||2||Womens Building News||1998-1999|
|4||1||Flyers, Handbills, Postcards, and Related Material||1985-2005|
|4||3||Womens Action Coalition, Latex Dam||1985-1995|
|4||4||Inside Out Hudson Valley, Matchbook||1995-2005|
|4||5||AIDS Council Project HOPE, Condom||19954-2005|
|5||1||ACT-UP!, Posters, undated||Undated|