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UAW Local 870 Records

Identifier: LR000472
Local 870 was very active on behalf of its members, especially during the 1940s and 1950s. The documents in this collection closely reflect this activity in the correspondence and minutes dealing with seniority, job classification, compensation and other grievance matters. There are also some materials relating to the local, county and state CIO councils and to UAW Sub-Council 7 and the National Ford Council and Ford Department.

Important correspondents: Addes, George; Mazey, Emil; Bannon, Ken; McKee, John; Crittenden, G.M.; Murray, Philip; Jenkins, L.W.; Reuther, Victor; Leonard, Richard T.; Reuther, Walter P.; Letner, Russell; Rowe, Stanley A.; Livingston, John W.; Thomas, R.J.

Series Description: Series 1: General Files, 1939-1969, Series 2: UAW and CIO Materials, 1942-1954


  • 1939 - 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.


6 Linear Feet (12 MB)


Subjects include: Ford Motor Co. (Dallas)


UAW Local 870 was established at the Ford plant in Dallas, Texas, in mid-1941, the site of considerable anti-union violence in the late 1930s. The local was an original member of the Dallas CIO Industrial Union Council, begun in May 1942, and joined the State CIO Industrial Union Council the following year. Local 870 was part of the UAW Region 5, and was affiliated with the National Ford Council through UAW Sub-Council 7. Ford closed the Dallas plant in February 1970, and the assembly plant unit of the local was disbanded. However, Ford workers involved in the parts units continued to be represented by the local.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-11), and Series 2 (Boxes 11-12). Folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically therein.


The papers of UAW Local 870 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in May of 1971 by Ben Tyra.

Related Materials

Refer to UAW collections.


Two 8"xl0" black and white photographs and one 3"x5" black and white photograph were placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 1985.
Guide to the UAW Local 870 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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