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UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department: Women's Bureau Records

Identifier: LR000637_Women

Scope and Content

The papers of this department are mainly the files of Lillian Hatcher.

The collection includes correspondence of William Oliver, the co-director of the Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department since 1946.

The correspondence of Mildred Jeffrey and Caroline Davis, directors of the UAW Women's Bureau, is also included in this collection.

Important correspondents: Mary M. Cannon, Harry Chester, Harold Cranefie1d, George Edwards, Katherine E11ickson, Arthur Goldberg, Francis Kornegay, Frieda Miller, Helen Mills, Thomasina Norford, Roy Reuther, Victor Reuther, Walter Reuther, Paul Sifton, Ann Tanneyhill, Furman Templeton, George L.P. Weaver, Roy Wilkins

Series Description: Series 1: General Files - Administrative and Community Activities

Series 2: Correspondence - Staff


  • 1946 - 1953


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.


Lillian Hatcher was assistant director of the Women's Division in 1944. In 1945 she was appointed the International Representative to work in the Women's Bureau of the War Policy Division and later in 1946 was named an International Representative to the Fair Practice5and Anti-Discrimination Department. She was also a member of the UAW National Advisory Council. Her duties encompassed educational programs, collective bargaining, processing of grievances, women problems and matters pertaining to unfair practices on the job or within a union. In addition she was a member of, The Coordinating Council on Human Relations, The Michigan Council on Women in Business and Industry, The Labor Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council to the United States Department of Labor Women's Bureau.

In addition to these positions, Hatcher was a member of the Briggs Local 742. Lillian Hatcher was very active in politics. In 1948 she ran for Democratic delegate in Ward 3, Detroit. She was named a member of the Michigan Federated Democratic Club, 1949. She served as the UAW Representative to several Civil Rights Organizations. This Collection reflects her responsibilities and involvement in various activities as the representative to this department.


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The Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department was established by Article 25, a constitutional amendment, at the International Convention, March 1946. A Committee of the International Executive Board was appointed to administer the department, and a staff was appointed. Each local union in turn was expected to set up a Fair Practices Committee.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), and Series 2 (Boxes 5-6). Folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically therein.


The files of the Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department Women's Bureau were transferred to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March 1974 by the UAW.

Related Materials

UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department Records


A photograph of Mrs. Lillian Hatcher has been placed in the Archive's Audiovisual files.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 1974.
Guide to the UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department: Women's Bureau Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA