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IWW Detroit/Ann Arbor Branch Records

Identifier: LR000948

Scope and Content

The papers of the IWW Detroit-Ann Arbor branch reflect the group's organizing efforts in the Ann Arbor area and their involvement in other social and political concerns.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Organizing efforts, Boycotts and Strikes

Among the important correspondents are: Frank Cedarvall, Shelby Shapiro, Eric Glatz, Fred Thompson
Series Description: Series I, General Office Files, 1973-1982: Correspondence, reports, bulletins and other materials relating to the activities of the Detroit-Ann Arbor branch of the IWW. Most of the materials are concerned with the branch's organizing and negotiating efforts in the Ann Arbor area.


  • 1973 - 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. 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.


This collection deals primarily with the activities of the Ann Arbor section in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During this time, the branch was instrumental in organizing the employees of several area businesses including a restaurant, print shop and particularly the University of Michigan campus bookstore. The branch also maintained contact with Canadian labor organizations and expressed an interest in contemporary issues regarding the rights of women and senior citizens as well as the economic and foreign policies of the Reagan administration.


2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


Subjects include: organizing; boycotts


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of the IWW Detroit-Ann Arbor Branch were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August and October of 1979 and May of 1982 by Eric Glatz, IWW organizer.

Related Materials

IWW collections


Approximately 13 photographs and other IWW memorabilia including posters and a membership card have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. One issue of the newspaper "The Catholic Worker" and six issues of "On the Line," an anarcho-syndicalist newsletter, received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October 1984.
Guide to the IWW Detroit/Ann Arbor Branch 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