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Luther Slinkard Papers

Identifier: LP000386
The papers of Luther M. Slinkard consist of correspondence, clippings, newsletters, minutes, proceedings, press releases, reports, bulletins, pamphlets, memos, reports and resolutions relating to his work for the Wage Stabilization Board, Region 5, and the International Union. The papers also include minutes and correspondence relating to the city politics and planning of Roseville, Michigan in the mid- and late 1960s.

Important subjects in the collection: Aero Lockout Regional War Labor Board Bell Aircraft Organization Drive, 1951 Roseville Democratic Campaign, 1968 Kohler Strike and Boycott Roseville Planning Commission Local 570 Taft-Hartley Hearings Local 819 Wage Stabilization Board Important correspondents in the collection: Marion Beatty Emil Mazey Leo Breirather Don Montgomery James Brindle Victory Reuther James Carey Wlater Reuther Russell Letner


  • 1930 - 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.


21 Linear Feet (21 SB)


Mr. Slinkard was a charter member of UAW Local 25 at the General Motors plant in St. Louis, Missouri. He later joined the staff of UAW Region 5, and, at retirement had worked for ten years for the Wage-Contract section of the UAW's Research Department. Correspondence, reports, clippings, and other documents cover nearly every phase of Mr. Slinkard's career, with emphasis on the latter years.


Luther M. Slinkard became active in union organizing at the GM plant in St. Louis, Missouri in 1933. He was secretary of the sit-down strike and a member of the local shop committee. Later that year, Slinkard was elected to one of five terms as executive secretary of the St. Louis CIO Council and board member of the Missouri State CIO Council. In 1942, Slinkard was appointed to the UAW Region 5 staff. He served as assistant director, area director, and administrative assistant before joining the International Union staff of the Social Security Department in 1957. He was assigned to the Wage Contract section of the Research Department for ten years before his retirement in 1969.


Please note: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


A large number of contracts, constitutions, proceedings, resolutions, newspapers, books, and journals were transferred to the Archives Library. A few photographs, buttons, bumper stickers have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

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Repository Details

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