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Stuart Strachan Papers

Identifier: LP000556

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Milwaukee Convention, 1937 UAW Local 174 (Detroit), 1937 Suspension of the "15" from the UAW, 1939 NLRB's GM election, 1940

Among the correspondents are: William E. Dowell Homer Martin William Green William B. Taylor Glen W. McCabe

Series Description: Series I Materials relating to the United Automobile Workers Federal Labor Unions.

Series II Correspondence, press materials and printed matter regarding the International Union United Automobile Workers of America. Included in this series is material regarding the West Side Local 174, collective bargaining, the Milwaukee Convention, the GM Conference, and the Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Yellow Cab Conference.

Series III Correspondence, clippings, and printed materials relating to the factional disputes within the UAW in 1939 and 1940. There is also a limited amount of material on the United WPA and Unemployed Workers of America.


  • 1935 - 1940
  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 1940


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Stuart Strachan was a supporter of Homer Martin during the factional disputes within the UAW in 1939. During his career Mr. Strachan held positions in UAW Local 615 and UAW Local 174. Mr. Strachan represented the Cadillac Division of the West Side Local 174 at the General Motors National Conference on June 5 and 6, 1937 and served as a member of the Wage and Hour Committee. Stuart Strachan also represented Local 174 at the Milwaukee Convention in August of 1937 where he served as a member of the Committee of 17. Stuart Strachan served as Vice President of the Executive Board of Local 615. He was an alternate to the General Motors Council on January 20 and 21, 1940 from Local 615. In addition, Mr. Strachan was a member of the Organization Committee of Local 615 United Automobile Workers of America (U.A.W.A.)-A.F.L.


1 Linear Feet (2 MB)


Stuart Strachan held several positions in the United Auto Workers Locals 615 and 174, throughout his career. His papers reflect UAW activities at the time, both local and national.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1) and Series 3 (Box 2). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Stuart Strachan were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in June of 1972 by Mr. Strachan.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1974.
Guide to the Stuart Strachan Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA