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Charles Brooks Papers

Identifier: LP000979

Scope and Content

The papers of Charles Brooks reflect not only his work with the UAW but also his participation in numerous civic and community activities.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Chrysler negotiations Foreign trade

Among the important correspondents are: George Burt Pierre Trudeau

Series Description: Series I, Local 444, General Files and Correspondence, 1954-1977: General office files and correspondence on the daily functioning of UAW Local 444.

Series II, Clippings, 1948-1976: Clippings on labor and union topics.


  • 1948 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1968


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.


Born in 1916 in Windsor, Ontario, Charles Brooks began working in a factory at age 17 as a spray painter and obtained his first job with Chrysler in 1937. When Local 444 obtained its charter in 1957, Mr. Brooks was elected as its first president, eventually serving eleven consecutive terms. Local 444 represents over 13,000 hourly workers at the Chrysler facility in Windsor. Active in community affairs, he founded the first industrial credit union in Canada and served as President of the Cooperative Dwellings Association. He also served as President of the Canadian Council of the UAW and was named Man of the Year by the United Community Services in 1974 for his efforts in the United Way campaign. Mr. Brooks died in January of 1977 when he was fatally shot while in his office by an irate member of the local over a job dispute.


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As first president of United Auto Workers local 444 (Windsor, Ontario), Charles Brooks served eleven terms. He founded the first industrial credit union in Canada and served as President of the Canadian Council of the UAW and as President of the Cooperative Dwellings Association. The papers of Mr. Brooks reflect his active engagement in civic and community affairs and his work with the UAW.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), and Series 2 (Box 4). Folders in series 1 are arranged alphabetically and folders in series 2 are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Charles Brooks were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1980 by Edward Baillargeon, Financial Secretary of Local 444 and opened for research in June of 1983.

Related Materials

George Burt Papers


Approximately 25 pamphlets and books on economic and labor issues as well as copies of the Local 444 News received with the collection were removed and are available in the Archives Library. Several photographs and election campaign buttons were turned over to the Audiovisual Department of the Archives.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June, 1983.
Guide to the Charles Brooks Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA