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Robert Halbeisen Papers

Identifier: LP000074

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Horner Brothers Woolen Mills Strike, 1937 Michigan Civil Service Commission, 1950-1957 Michigan Employment Security Commission, 1949-1957 Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1947-1951 Public Service Employee Unions Retirement Schoolcraft Gardens Cooperative Housing Project, 1949-1950 Tennessee Valley Authority, 1947-1948 United Public Workers Factionalism, 1947-1948 Welfare Reform

Among the Important correspondents are: Irwin DeShetler George Edwards John Hannah Barney Hopkins Hilton Murray Jacob Potofsky Fank Rosenblum H. Schneid
Series Description: Series I, General Files; 1937-1959: Correspondence, clippings, reports, union publications, collective bargaining materials, songs, anti-union propaganda, minutes and other material relating to Halbeisen's public service union and other union activities.

Series II: Salary Survey Reports, 1954-1957: This series contains 5 official publications by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.


  • 1937 - 1956


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.


In 1937 Robert Halbeisen served as a representative of the Textile Workers Organizing Committee during the Horner Brothers Woolen Mills strike in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. From 1946 through 1948 he was vice-president of United Public Workers Local 191, and in 1952 he became president of Local 52, Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee, a CIO affiliate.

In addition, in the 1940's and 1950's, Halbeisen was involved with United Public Workers factional disputes, the Schoolcraft Gardens Cooperative Housing Project, reorganization of Michigan state government, Michigan Civil Service Commission collective bargaining, and welfare reform.


3.5 Linear Feet (8 MB)


Correspondence, reports, newsletters, lists, union handbills, expense statements, proposed agreements, songs, anti-union propaganda, minutes, and newspaper clippings collected by Mr. Halbeisen, who served as a representative of the Textile Workers Organizing Committee in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, during 1937. He was also vice-president of Local 191, United Public Workers (1946-481, and president of Local 52, Government Workers Organizing Committee (1950-56). Organization of textile workers in Michigan (1937); Horner Woolen Mills Strike (1 937); United Public Workers factionalism (1947-48); Schoolcraft Gardens Cooperative Housing Project (1949-50); reorganization of Michigan government (1951); collective bargaining demands to Michigan Civil Service Commission (1952-53); and welfare reform (1953) are covered. Correspondents include Irwin DeShetler, George Edwards, John Hannah, Barney Hopkins, Milton Murray, Jacob Potofsky, Frank Rosenblum, and H. Schneid.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-8), and Series 2 (Box 8). Folders in series 1 are arranged alphabetically and folders in series 2 are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Robert Halbeisen were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August 1963 by Mr. Halbeisen.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February 1974.
Guide to the Robert Halbeisen Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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