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UAW Region 1E Records

Identifier: LR000347

Scope and Content

The UAW Region 1E Collection contains many records kept by local and regional officers prior to their affiliation with Region 1E in 1966 as well as records created after the organization of the region. These include correspondence, reports, minutes, grievance files, publications, and other material documenting post-World War II and Cold War organizing drives, collective bargaining, working conditions, and political activity.

Important subjects in the collection: Automobile Industry—Independent Parts Suppliers Grievance Arbitration—Michigan Automobile Industry—Strikes and Lockouts Hydramatic Automobile Industry—Unemployment Retirees Automobile Industry—Plant Shutdowns Skilled Labor Automobile Industry Workers—Health Insurance Trade Unions-Organizing Automobile Industry Workers—Michigan Trade Unions—Political Activity Automobile Industry Workers—Pensions UAW Community Action Program Automobile Industry Workers—Unemployment Insurance UAW Family Education Center UAW Women's Department Detroit Diesel Willow Run Bomber Plant General Motors Fisher Body

Important correspondents: Ed Cote, Walter Reuther, Douglas Fraser, Leonard Woodcock, Phil Maggio, Barden Young, Emil Mazey

Series Description: Series 1: Grievances and Arbitration Series 2: Politics and Education Series 3: Subject Files Series 4: Locals


  • 1942 - 1983


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. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


An expanding economy and union movement prompted the UAW to subdivide its two southeastern Michigan regional jurisdictions into four southeastern Michigan regions—1, 1A, 1B, and 1E—in 1966. The reorganization was designed to give locals closer contact with their regional directors. Barden Young, a longtime co-director of Region 1A, headed Region 1E for the majority of its 18-year history. When Young retired in 1983, he was succeeded by Frank Runnels, who served as director of Region 1E until a 1984 UAW special convention resolution brought it back under the aegis of 1A. For a short time, the region was known as 1A-E.


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An expanding economy and union movement prompted the UAW to subdivide its two southeastern Michigan regional jurisdictions into four southeastern Michigan regions—1, 1A, 1B, and 1E—in 1966. Subjects include: UAW organization in southeastern Michigan; automobile industry; strikes; unemployment; plant shutdowns; health insurance; retirees; organizing; political activity; UAW Women's Department; Willow Run Bomber Plant


Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-43, 79-82), Series 2 (Box 44-47), Series 3 (Box 48-58), and Series 4 (Boxes 58-78).


Multiple shipments were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs from 1969 to 1986.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.


A number of photographs and items of memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on September 1, 1994.
Guide to the UAW Region 1E Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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