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Bill Goode Papers

Identifier: LP001165

Scope and Content

The papers of Goode consist primarily of copies of declassified documents from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation relating to alleged Communist affiliations of Nat Ganley and Walter Reuther. The declassified F.B.I. files also contain documents relating to the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists. The papers also include some declassified documents from the files of the Military Intelligence Division (G.2) of the U.S. War Department relating to Walter Reuther.


  • 1941 - 1947


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.


Bill Myers Goode (1928-1998) received A.B. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University and a doctorate in education from Rutgers University. He served as Director of Education for the UAW and was Director of the UAW's Family Education Center at Black Lake, Michigan. He subsequently became Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Dean of the Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College, SUNY, at Saratoga Springs, New York. Goode was Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor Institute and was associated with other labor and civil rights groups. He was the author of "Infighting in the UAW: The 1946 Election and the Ascendancy of Walter Reuther" (1994).


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Bill Goode served as the United Auto Workers' Director of Education and as Director of the UAW’s Black Lake Family Education Center. His papers include declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files relating the alleged Communist affiliations of Nat Ganley, Walter Reuther, and the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists (ACTU).


The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.


The papers of Bill Goode were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1984 by Mr. Goode.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in September 1984.


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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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