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Hugh Thompson Papers

Identifier: LP000035

Scope and Content

The Thompson Collection throws light upon many important episodes in the formation period of the U.A.W. It describes Thompson’s activities as organizer for the A.F.L. and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, and as one of the first paid organizers of the U.A.W. The documentation is particularly complete on the strike in Oshawa, Ontario which was directed by Thompson in the spring of 1937 against the General Motors Plant.


  • 1936 - 1950


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.


Mr. Thompson was born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland, June 3, 1902. Working on a farm and as a weaver he was exposed to unionism at an early age. He came to the United States in 1925. His first job in the U. S. was with Michigan Stamping. He was fired from this job and many others for his talk of unionism.


.5 Linear Feet (1MB, 1 OS Folder, 1 Scrapbook)


Mr. Thompson was an organizer for the AFL, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, and was one of the first paid organizers for the UAW. He was active for the UAW in the Anderson, Indiana, area in early 1937, and directed the strike against General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario, in the spring of 1937. These events are particularly well documented in the collection. Correspondents include George Addes, Francis Dillon, Richard Frankensteen, John L. Lewis, Homer Martin, Philip Murray, David McDonald, Walter Reuther, and R.J. Thomas. An oral history interview with Mr. Thompson is available.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


This collection of varied materials was presented to the Labor History Archives in June of 1962 by Mr. Hugh Thompson.

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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