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UAW International Affairs Department: Herman Rebhan Records

Identifier: LR000488_HR

Scope and Content

The papers of the UAW International Affairs Department: Herman Rebhan Collection consist of correspondence, speeches, reports, data, clippings, press releases, and publications relating to international politics and labor, and government and private agencies involved with these issues. A number of files include material about international labor organizations and labor delegations abroad. The papers, for the most part, reflect Rebhan's work as director of the UAW IAD after 1972. A few subject reference files predate his tenure with the department.

Important correspondents: Daniel Benedict, Charles Levinson, Irving Bluestone, Walter Reuther, Karl Casserini, Olga Talamante, Arne Geijer, Werner Thonnessen, Collin Gonze, Ed Torres, Pat Greathouse, Leonard Woodcock, Hank Lacayo


  • 1965 - 1980


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.


Herman Rebhan became Director of the UAW International Affairs Department (IAD) when Victor G. Reuther retired in 1972. Prior to his appointment by Walter Reuther as administrative assistant to the department in 1969, he served as coordinator of the International Metalworkers Federation in Geneva.


18 Linear Feet (18 SB)


Herman Rebhan became director of the United Auto Workers International Affairs Department when Victor Reuther retired from that post in 1972. The records reflect the activities of the department with international politics and labor and related government and private agencies during Mr. Rebhan's tenure. Subjects include: Arab-Israeli conflict; Asian politics and government; international human rights issues; labor movement in India, Japan, Israel, Poland and the Soviet Union; International Confederation of Free Trade Unions; ILO; IMF; Latin American politics and economy; United Nations.


Folders are arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


The records of the UAW International Affairs Department, Herman Rebhan files were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on August 7, 1984.

Related Materials

Additional files relating to the International Affairs Department for the 1960s and 1970s can be found in the UAW President's Office: Leonard Woodcock Records; UAW International Affairs Department: Victor G. Reuther and Herman Rebhan Records; UAW International Affairs Department: Victor G. Reuther and Lewis Carliner Records; Victor G. Reuther Collection; and UAW President's Office: Walter P. Reuther Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on April 4, 1994.
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Repository Details

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