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Charles M. Dewey Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001609
The Charles M. Dewey Collection consists primarily of government surveillance files on him and his wife, Hope, records from his activities with UAW Local 155 and files documenting his association with UAW rank-and-file dissident groups.

Subjects: Communist Party of Michigan Community organization--Michigan--Detroit Concerned Unionists Cross Company Grievance arbitration--Michigan--Detroit Independent Skilled Trades Council Skilled labor--Michigan--Detroit Strikes and Lockouts—Automobile industry--Michigan--Detroit Tool and Die Industry—Michigan Trade-unions--Political activity Trade-unions and communism UAW Local 155 (Detroit, Mich.) United National Caucus

Correspondents: Richard Healey Sidney Lens Frank Marquart

Series Description: Series I, Political Files, 1951-1985: FBI, Detroit Red Squad and Michigan State Police files on Charles and Hope Dewey are in this series, which documents the Deweys' involvement in grassroots community organizations, including the fight to reopen Waterworks Park.

Series II, Labor Files, 1952-1984: Correspondence, pamphlets, newsletters and articles documenting Charles Dewey’s activities with dissident groups within the union. Many of the leaflets and flyers were produced by Dewey.

Dates

  • 1951 - 1984

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

RESEARCHERS USING THIS COLLECTION MUST SIGN A RESTRICTED USE FORM. NO NAMES APPEARING IN THE FBI, MICHIGAN STATE POLICE OR DETROIT POLICE RED SQUAD FILES OTHER THAN THOSE OF CHARLES AND HOPE DEWEY MAY BE CITED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL NAMED. NO UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL IN RESTRICTED FILES MAY BE COPIED.

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. 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.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (3 SB)

Abstract

A militant labor activist, Charles Dewey was a member of United Auto Workers Local 155 and supported a number of UAW dissident groups, including the Independent Skilled Trades Council. Mr. Dewey’s papers relate his work with Local 155 and UAW dissident groups.

History

Charles Manuel Dewey was born April 30, 1922 in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 and served as a radio operator and instructor in radio navigation and radio compass in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. After the war he attended Wayne State University, where he received a B.A. in English (1949) and completed one year of graduate school.

Mr. Dewey, a tool and die maker by trade, worked for a number of companies, including the Cross Company, Standard Machine and Tool and Spishock Automation Tool and Die, where he also served as chief steward. He made an unsuccessful run for the presidency of UAW Local 155 in the 1960's. A militant labor activist, he was a fixture on UAW picket lines and supported a number of UAW rank-and-file dissident groups, most importantly the Independent Skilled Trades Council, turning out leaflets and fliers by the thousands on a mimeo machine in his garage.

Charles Dewey and both his wives (Dorothy Czygan, 1942-59, and Hope Fern Kelly Smith, 1960-92) were actively involved in community affairs in their east side Detroit and suburban neighborhoods and in numerous causes for social and economic justice. He died July 14, 1992.

Arrangement

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

Acquisition

The papers of Charles M. Dewey were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1994 by his wife, Hope Dewey.

Related Materials

Concerned Unionists; Angelo Deitos; Enid Eckstein; Labor Today; Blaine Marrin; Blaine Marrin oral history; UAW Local 157

Transfers

Some photographs and handbill artwork and a few items of memorabilia related to Dewey's involvement with the Independent Skilled Trades Council and the peace movement have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 2003.
Title
Guide to the Charles M. Dewey Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2003-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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