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John Zaremba Papers

Identifier: LP000013

Scope and Content

The Zaremba Collection is particularly important it its documentation of early efforts to organize the Dodge Main Plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. This includes minutes of the Dodge Main Works Council; material on the Automotive Industrial Workers' Association; minutes of Local 3, UAW; items on the 1937 sit down and the 1939 lock out. Also in the collection is later material on Local 3 and the CIO. Several items deal with politics and civil liberties in the late 1930's.

Series 1: Minutes, 1935-1942 Minutes of the Dodge Main Works Council (1935-1937), Local 3 Executive Board and Membership meetings (1936-1942), Detroit District Council of UAW (1937-1938) and Wayne County CIO Council. Arranged by creating agency.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1932-1961

Series 3: Office File A wide variety of material on several subjects. Perhaps of most importance are the six folders on the 1937 sit down strike, including minutes of meetings conducted in the plant during the sit down. There are also six folders on the 1939 lock out by the Chrysler Corporation. Included in Box 8 of this series is Zaremba's copy of The Many and the Few by Henry Kraus. The book contains many notes by Zaremba in which he compares the Chrysler Sit-Down and the Flint Sit-Downs.


  • 1935 - 1961


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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John Zaremba was an organizer of the Automotive Industrial Workers' Association and of Dodge Local 3 of the UAW. He played an active role in the sit down strike of 1937. From 1936-1942 Mr. Zaremba served as the Recording Secretary of Local 3. In addition to his labor career, Mr. Zaremba was active politically and in the field of civil 1iberties.


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Mr. Zaremba was an early leader of the Automotive Industrial Workers' Association and took an active part in the formation of Dodge Local 3 of the UAW. Minutes, correspondence, clippings, and other files document early union activities at the Chrysler Corporation, especially the Dodge Main Plant. Topics covered include the Chrysler 1937 Sit-Down and the 1939 Strike; the Wayne County Industrial Union Council; the Civil Rights Federation; and union education programs. Among the correspondents are George Addes, George Edwards, Richard Frankensteen, John L. Lewis, Homer Martin, Philip Murray, and R.J. Thomas. An oral history interview with Mr. Zaremba is available.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-5) and Series 3 (Boxes 6-9). Folders in Series 1 are arranged by creating agency, folders in Series 2 are arranged chronologically, and folders in Series 3 are arranged alphabetically.
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