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UAW Local 239 Records

Identifier: LR000353

Scope and Content

Important subjects are: Political action Relations with International Union Local elections Local 239 organiza tion and history New Union Hall Alleged racial discrimination Local bargaining Local and regional labor councils Retired workers General Motors Council Local minutes Unemployment compensation cases Employees welfare Factional struggles Grievances

Important correspondents: Thomas D. Alesandro, Jr., Phillip H. Goodman, Madalyn Murray, J. Glenn Beall, Sr. Richard Gosser, William H. Oliver, Irving Bluestone, Bob Hope, Roy L. Reuther, John Marshall Butler, Landam S. Huff, Walter Reuther, P.J. Ciampa, Frank James, Norman B. Seaton, Jay Cumba, John F. Kennedy, Louis G. Seaton, James P.S. Devereux, John W. Livingston, Brendan Sexton, Frank E. Fitzsimmons, Albert Mattes, Carlton R. Sickles, Dominic N. Fornaro, Emil Mazey, Thomas J. Starling, Douglas Fraser, James L. McDevitt, J. Millard Tawes, Samuel N. Friedal, George Meany, Joseph D. Tydings, Edward A. Garmatz, E.T. Michael, Leonard Woodcock, Arthur Goldberg, Stephen A. Mitchell, Joseph J. Zingaro

Series Description: All materials in the collection are pre-merger. Series 1: Minutes Series 2: President's Files Series 3: Officers' Files Series 4: Committees and Administrative Units Series 5: General Office Files Series 6: External Organizations

The Minutes are divided into membership meetings and Executive Board meetings, and are complete for the period 1948 to 1965. The President's File contains the president's incoming and outgoing correspondence, arranged chronologically. Correspondence of the recording secretary, financial secretary-treasurer, and the chairman of the Shop Committee make up the Officers' Files. In addition, all grievance material is included in the chairman's section of this series. Correspondence, notices, and other relevant materials of the committees are included in the Committees and Administrative Units series. Such branches of Local 239 as the Cafeteria Unit are also in this series. The General Office File contains the general and financial records of the local. Dues check-off material, general correspondence, welfare fund, seniority material, local contracts, and the credit union are in this series, along with NLRB an d racial discrimination cases. Minutes and other materials of regional and local labor councils are contained in the External Organizations series. Also in this series are materials pertinent to the international UAW, all resolutions, and newsletters from various sources.


  • 1948 - 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.


11 Linear Feet (22 MB)


United Auto Workers Local 239 serviced General Motors plant employees in Baltimore, MD. The records of the local reflect its activities as representative of Fisher Body Plant workers, before they merged with Local 678, Chevrolet assembly operations.


Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 2-5), Series 3 (Boxes 6-9), Series 4 (Boxes 10-12), Series 5 (Boxes 13-17) and Series 6 (Boxes 18-22). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of UAW Local 239 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on July 17, 1969 by Ellison Stockton.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November 1970.
Guide to the UAW Local 239 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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