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William A. Ryan Papers

Identifier: UP000578

Scope and Content

These office papers come from his political period of 1968-1970, during which he was the Democratic Speaker of the House for the Michigan State Legislature. For the most part they consist of correspondence received from his constituency. The important topics covered are Parochiaid, whether the state should help subsidize private schools; and P.A. 100 (Subsection 6 of Section 8a of Act 100, Public Act of 1970), the State School Aid Act. These issues, and other education related issues, are covered in the first three boxes of the collection. The final box covers his general correspondence files, again mainly from his constituents.


  • 1968 - 1970


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.


William A. Ryan was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on May 2, 1919. He was a former president of UAW Local 104, and was later elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1958 by the constituency of the 3rd Representative District, Wayne County (part of).


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William Ryan served as a president of United Auto Workers Local 104 and in the Michigan House of Representatives for Wayne County’s 3rd District. Mr. Ryan’s papers relate to his tenure as the Democratic Speaker of the House for the Michigan State Legislature. Parochiaid and the State School Aid Act are among important issues documented in the collection.


Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by topic, and chronologically thereunder.


The papers of William A. Ryan were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1972 by Mr. Ryan.


One photograph relating to the Parochiaid Issue has been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1989.
Guide to the William A. Ryan Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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