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UAW Local 57 Records

Identifier: LR000362

Scope and Content

The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, general office files, clippings and scrapbooks covering topics such as, labor-management relations and the International Harvester strike in 1979.

Important Subjects are: NLRB Cases, War Effort, Representation Elections, Harvester Council, Factional Struggles, Seniority, Agreements, Pensions, Grievances, Local 57 Organization and History International Harvester Strike, 1979-1980

Important correspondents: F.J. Dillon, Phillip Murray, Charlton Ogburn, Homer Martin, Frank Morrison, Robert Cowdrill, R.J. Thomas, Merlin D. Bishop, G.L. Patterson, Walter Reuther, William Green, M.H. Mclntyre, George F. Addes, Arnold Attwood, Jacob J. Blair, Wyndham Mortimer, Raymond H. Berndt, James McGahey, Adolph Germer, LeRoy L. Roberts, S.G. McAllister, John Brophy, Russel J. Merrill, John L. McCaffrey, Ed Hall, Joseph H. Picanke, Hugo A. Weissbrodt, Harvey Kitzman, L.E. Davis
Series Description:

Series 1: Minutes, 1933-1963 Series 2: Correspondence, 1934-1963 Series 3: Labor-Management Relations, 1938-1962 Series 4: General Office Files, 1941-1963 Series 5: Publications, 1937-1963 Series 6: International Harvester Strike, 1978-1982 Series 7: Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1937-1941

The minutes are arranged Chronologically and are most complete for the period of the thirties and early fourties. Some sets are fairly complete for parts of the fifties. The Correspondence which is most complete for the thirties and early fourties is likewise arranged chronologically with incoming and outgoing correspondence separated. The Labor-Management Relations series contains minutes of grievance meetings arranged chronologically, labor-managements agreements, NLRB cases, and other pertinent documents. Included in the General Office File series is company and union handouts, International union material such as convention proceedings, and Local 57 materials such as draft speeches by the president. The other two series are self-explanatory. There are two scrapbooks of clippings not in the Manuscript boxes.


  • 1933 - 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1978 - 1982


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.


Formed in 1933 as AFL Federal Union 18776, Local 57 received its charter from the UAW in October, 1935. Servicing the Ft. Wayne Works of the International Harvester Company in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Local 57 achieved recognition as sole bargaining agent for Harvester employees in 1940, after a long struggle with management, the company union, and an independent union.


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United Auto Workers Local 57 began as an American Federation of Labor local and servicing the Fort Wayne Works of International Harvester Company in Fort Wayne, IN. The local received recognition as sole bargaining agent for employees in 1940 after a long struggle with management, the company union, and an independent union. Their records reflect these activities as well as the general operations of the local.


Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-3), Series 3 (Boxes 4-5), Series 4 (Boxes 5-6), Series 5 (Box 7), Series 6 (Box 8) and Series 7 (Box 8). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of UAW Local 57 were deposited with the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1969, by James Lewis, president of Local 57. Additional papers were added in April, 1987 relating to the International Harvester Strike, 1979-1980.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.


Two cassette tapes of International Harvester Council meetings, March 20, 1980 have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and three issues of Solidarity received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 1970.
Guide to the UAW Local 57 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

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