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John J. D'Agostino Papers

Identifier: LP000032

Scope and Content

Part I: The papers of Mr. D'Agostino reflect his work with the UAW.

Series 1: General Subject Files, 1950-1953 Correspondence, minutes and other materials relating to International Recreation programs, tournaments and leagues.
Part II:

Series 2: Recreation and Community Services, 1950-1976 Correspondence, clippings, essays, publicity, reports and other materials concerning UAW Recreation Department activities. There are also a few items relating to community services.

Series 3: Retirement Organizations, 1956-1981 Correspondence, various council minutes and other material concerning Mr. D'Agostino's work in union organizations, especially the UAW International Retired Workers' Advisory Council.


  • 1950 - 1981
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1973


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.


John J. D'Agostino was an International Representative for the UAW's Recreation Department from 1951 to 1981. In the early 1950's, he was instrumental in launching the K-M-0 (Kent-Montcalm-Ottawa) Regional Recreation Program. In 1957, he expressed interest in proposals to reduce fares on public transport for the elderly. For the rest of the decade, Mr. D'Agostino was involved in the International's Recreation Leadership Program. In 1963, he helped to establish the first UAW sponsored recreational senior center in the Detroit area. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, he fought for publicly funded medical care for workers and senior citizens alike. Mr. D'Agostino retired from the UAW in October 1981. In addition to his work with the UAW, Mr. D'Agostino was an environmental conservationist. In 1966, he was elected secretary of the Recreation Association of Michigan, an organization dedicated to improving parks.


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In his work as an International representative of the UAW, Mr. D'Agostino was instrumental in launching the Kent-Montcalm-Ottawa Regional Recreation Program in the early 1950s. In 1954 he assisted Detroit recreation employees in their fight for higher wages. Throughout the 1960s-1970s, Mr. D'Agostino fought for the rights and well being of senior citizens, helping to establish the first UAW sponsored recreational senior center in the Detroit area in 1963. The papers in this collection reflect these facets of his work and the union's recreation program as a whole. Correspondents are Edward Connor, Kenneth House, Karl Lindgren, Olga Madar, Louis Miriani, Roy and Walter Reuther, Del A. Smith, Leonard Woodcock, and Eugene J. Van Antwerp.


Part I: Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Box 1). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Part II: Arranged in 2 series - Series 2 (Boxes 2-5), and Series 3 (Boxes 6-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file.


The papers of John J. D'Agostino were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in September 1966 by Mr. D'Agostino and were opened for research that same month. Additional papers were placed in the Archives by Mr. D'Agostino in December 1985 and opened for research in May 1988.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November, 1966.
John J. D'Agostino Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA