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UAW Local 602 Records

Identifier: LR000334

Scope and Content

The collection documents Local 602's contribution to the development of the UAW plus its own unique aid to the advancement of labor, its members, families and the community of Lansing.

Important subjects: Arbitration, Seniority, Community Involvement, Security, Labor/Management Meetings, Social Building Club, Inc., Negotiations, Wage Comparisons, Occupation Classification, Workman's Compensation, Recreation, World War II

Important correspondents: Irving Bluestone, Thomas A. Johnstone, Joseph Piconke, Robert Carter, J.L. Livingston, Senator Pritchard, Arthur Case, Patrick McNamara, Walter P. Reuther, Everett Francis, Emil Mazey, August Scholle, Don Hayworth, Helen Moore, Brendan Sexton, William Ingram, E.J. Moran, Leonard Woodcock, Clayton Johnson, E.S. Patterson, Donald Frankensteen.

Series 1: Office Files: Correspondence, minutes of meetings, telegrams, forms, notebooks, broadsides, financial records, and audits. This material relates not only to the local's fundamental purpose of organization for worker's welfare, wages and conditions but also the administrative routine, the community service interests and the social activities of the union.

Series 2: Shop Committee: Shop Committeemen's books; Fisher Body Division. These books of the union's represenative at the Shop Committee-Management meetings.

Series 3: Seniority: Seniority schedules and lists. The material includes pre- 1950 seniority lists and subsequent seniority lists in compliance with a G.M. agreement (Paragraph No. 61 -A).

Series 4: Negotiations: Chronological arrangement of agreements, decisions, demands, guidelines, instructions, negotiating and special meetings. Used for "intra" union reference.

Series 5: Social Building Club: The chronological arrangement of all papers, files, and books relating to the development and maintenance of the Union's controversial Social Building Club, Incorporated.


  • 1937 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1959


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.


This local is located in Lansing, Michigan and services the Fisher Body Division of General Motors. The papers represent routine items in the life of the local which celebrated its "thirty year" anniversary early in 1969.


20.5 Linear Feet (41 MB)


United Auto Worker Local 602 services Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Lansing, MI. The local's records document routine operations as well as its contribution to the development of the UAW and the advancement of labor in the community.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-35), Series 2 (Boxes 36-37), Series 3 (Box 38), Series 4: (Boxes 38-39) and Series 5 (Boxes 40-41). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Local 602 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, on February 24, 1969 by the Local's Executive Board, under the presidency of Richard Sanborn, with the support of the union membership.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.


This collection includes one box of tapes located in the Archive's tape collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1985.
Guide to the UAW Local 602 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA