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Paul Parker Papers

Identifier: UP000423

Scope and Content

The papers in the Paul J. Parker Collection primarily reflect Mr. Parker's activities in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Series Description: Series I, Box 1, General Correspondence, 1939-56, 1960-70 Inward and outward-moving correspondence of Mr. Parker re-flecting his activities with UAW Local 659 and political committees, invitations, and thank-you notes. The correspon-dence from Mr. Parker's years in the Michigan House of Representatives (1956-60) is in Series II.

Series II, Boxes 1-2, Michigan House of Representatives, 1957-60 The papers of Mr. Parker as State Representative, which include incoming and outgoing correspondence, invitations, campaign activities, a case file, Michigan House Bills, press releases, and legislative committee materials.

Series III, Box 2, Citizens Advisory Committee to the University of Michigan at Flint, 1965-70 Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and fact sheets reflect Mr. Parker's membership.

Series IV, Box 2, Miscellaneous Awards, biographical materials, clippings, membership cards, brochures, delegate lists, and speeches which are representative of various aspects of Mr. Parker's broader life.


  • 1939 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1960


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.


Paul J. Parker was born on October 6, 1909, in Flushing, Michigan. He attended Swartz Creek Agriculture High School. In March of 1928, Mr. Parker began work at Chevrolet Flint Manufacturing, the first of a forty-one year involvement with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors in the Flint area. He and Agnes Betty Keith were married in October, 1939.

Mr. Parker's activities as an auto worker included membership in UAW Local 659 where he served on the Political Action and Public Relations Committees of the UAW-CIO and as International Repre-sentative for the UAW-CIO from Region l-C. He was a member of the Greater Flint Industrial Union Council. Within the auto plants, Mr. Parker was both steward and chief steward for the union. He retired from General Motors in October, 1969.

Taking an active part in local and state Democratic Party functions, Mr. Parker served as chairman of the Genesee County Democratic Committee and was a delegate to many Democratic State Conventions and to the 1952 Democratic National Convention. He was chosen in 1956 to replace the late James J. Collins (Democrat) as First District Representative in the Michigan House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1958. During his tenure as a legislator, Mr. Parker sponsored several bills favorable to labor.

Mr. Parker also was a member of the Genesee County Board of Supervisors, of the County Planning Commission, and of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the University of Michigan at Flint.


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Paul Parker worked for the Flint, MI Chevrolet Division of General Motors for forty-one years. During that time he served the United Auto Workers in several capacities and was active in local and state Democratic politics. His papers primarily reflect his activities in the Michigan House of Representatives.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-2), Series 3 (Box 2), and Series 4 (Box 2). Folders in series 1-3 containing correspondence are arranged chronologically, other items are grouped by subject in order by date. Folders in series 4 are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Paul J. Parker were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in December of 1970 by Mr. Parker.


Non-manuscript items in the form of photographs were removed and placed in the Library's Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Paul Parker Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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