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Ivan Brown Papers

Identifier: LP000286
Important subjects are: Kingsford Chemical Company Strike, 1953 Sale of Ford Motor Company, Iron Mountain Plant, 1951

Among the correspondents are: Ken Bannon, G. Mennen Williams, Abe Zwerdling, and Leonard Woodcock

Description of Series Boxes 1-18 Reports, correspondence, clippings, financial records, grievance reports, minutes and press releases relating to the operation and activities of Local 952 from 1941 - 1967. Of particular importance in this series are the sale of the Ford Motor Company, Iron Mountain Plant and the Kingsford Chemical Company Strike.

Boxes 19 - 25 Inter-office communications, Democratic State Central Committee reports, mailing lists, umpire cases, radio speeches, reports and publications relating to various Upper Peninsula locals during the years Mr. Brown has been an International Representative.
Part 2: The papers in this collection reflect Mr. Brown's involvement with Local 952 in Iron Mountain and his role as International Represen¬tative in Region 1-D.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Apprenticeship Training CIO Constitutional Convention Committee - 11th Annual Housing Local 610 - Petosky Manufacturing Local 949 - Gogebic Auto Mahela Kemp Welding Organization Menominee - Marinette Community Resources Workshop Perfex Corporation Region 1-D Skilled Trades Among the correspondents are: R. Clevenger, Chairman --Northern Michigan Democratic Committee Kenneth Robinson, director - Region 1-D August Saari, president - Local 949: Gogebic Auto Emil Vukovich, president - Gogebic Auto John Kinert, chairman - Local 610: Petosky Manufacturing E. R. Lemble, president - Petosky Manufacturing

Series Description: Series I, Box I: Local 952 - Iron Mountain, Michigan. Minutes of the meetings of the Apprenticeship Committee, election ballots, miscellaneous reports and correspondence,

Series II: International Representative Files, Miscellaneous correspondence, CIO Convention (11th annual) topics, Housing reports - national level, material relative to Local 610 and Local 949, NLHB material on Mahela Kemp, minutes of the Menominee-Marinette Workshop meetings, and minutes of Region 1-D meetings.


  • 1941 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


15 Linear Feet (31 MB)


Ivan Brown's papers reflect his involvement with UAW Local 952 in the 1940s, where he served as president, and his role as International Representative of UAW Region 1D in the 1950s-60s. The papers consist of correspondence, minutes, reports, press releases, grievance records, umpire cases, financial reports, mailing lists, Democratic State Central Committee reports, and publications collected by Mr. Brown. Subjects include sale of Ford Motor Company Iron Mountain Plant in 1951, Kingsford Chemical Company Strike (1953), apprenticeship training, housing, Local 610, and Local 949. Among the correspondents are Ken Bannon, G. Mennen Williams, and Leonard Woodcock.


Part 1: Ivan Brown was elected president of UAW Local 952, Iron Mountain, Michigan, in 1945. Mr. Brown served in that position until 1950 when he began working as International Representative in Region 1-D.
Part 2: Ivan Brown was born in Ishpeming on July 9, 1907. In 1932, he moved to Iron Mountain, and graduated from high school there in 1925. He attended Lawrence University for one year, after which he joined the J.C. Penney Company and was in their employe for twelve years, the last three of which he worked in their Traverse City branch. In 1939 he joined the Ford Motor Company in Iron Mountain and became involved in the labor movement, helping organize the company in 194l. The war began, the plant closed, and Ivan Brown went to Detroit and worked for a year at Continental Motors. When the Ford Motor Com¬pany started on war production, he was recalled to their Iron Mountain plant and worked there until 1950. That year he ran for a seat in the 12th congressional district, but lost in the election. On October 1, 1950 he went on staff of the UAW Region 1-D, servicing the entire part of Northern Michigan. Prior to this new position, -he served as president of Local 952 - Ford. Motor Company - for almost nine years. He remained as International Representative of Region 1-D until he retired in 1969.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-18), and Series 2 (Boxes 19-25). Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-6). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Part 1: The papers of Ivan Brown were deposited with the Labor History Archives in April 1968 by Mr. Brown.


Part 2: Included in the collection is a book, "Journal of International Locomotive Engineers", v. 45, 1911 and one photograph depicting the Queen and her runner-up of Locals 953 and 1011. The Journal has been turned over to the Library in the Labor Archives, and the photograph has been filed with the Archives Audiovisual department.

Processing History

Part 1: Processed and finding aid written by JSH in September 1968.
Part 2: The processing of the collection was completed during March 1979.


Guide to the Ivan Brown Papers
Processed by JSH.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 1979-03: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA