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UAW Special Projects Department Records

Identifier: LR000646

Scope and Content

The UAW Special Projects and Economic Analysis Department Collection consists of research material, notes, correspondence, minutes, testimony, speeches, press releases, clippings and other published material related to the department’s research, advisory, and speech writing roles as well as to Nat Weinberg’s service as consultant, trustee, or member of numerous organizations and agencies.

Important correspondents: Gardner Ackley, Olga Madar, Ken Bannon, Norman Matthews, Jack Barbash, Emil Mazey, Irving Bluestone, Tom Mboya, Arthur Burns, George Meany, George Burt, Seymour Melman, Bill Casstevens, George Merrelli, Harry Chester, William Milliken, Carrol Coburn, Donald Montgomery, Barry Commoner, Ken Morris, Jack Conway, Ralph Nader, Nelson Jack, Edwards Joe Rauh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Victor G. Reuther, Henry Ford II, Walter P. Reuther, Doug Fraser, James M. Roche, John Kenneth Galbraith, George Romney, Woodrow L. Ginsburg, Bayard Rustin, Arthur J. Goldberg, Paul Schrade, Nat Goldfinger, George P. Schultz, C. Jackson Grayson, Brendon Sexton, Pat Greathouse, Paul Sifton, William Haber, John B. Swainson, Marcellius Ivory, James Tobin, Everett Kassalow, Joseph Tomasi, Estes Kefauver, George Wald, Leon H. Keyserling, George L-P Weaver, Martin Luther King, Jr., Sinclair Weeks, Leonard Lesser, G. Mennen Williams, Eugene McCarthy, Frank Winn, George McGovern, W. Willard Wirtz, Robert S. McNamara, Leonard Woodcock

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence and Speeches, 1945-1973

Series 2: Subject Files, 1945-73


  • 1945 - 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.


In 1957 the UAW created the position of Director of Special Projects and Economic Analysis for Nat Weinberg, who had headed the UAW Research Department since 1947, and he held that position until his retirement in 1974. The UAW Special Projects Department was established as part of the President’s Office and was responsible for advising the president and developing, often within a global framework, program and policy proposals and actions in the economic and collective bargaining fields and in other areas designated by the president. As Special Projects director, Weinberg helped to create innovative programs like the Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB) plan and cost-of-living adjustments.


107 Linear Feet (107 SB)


Subjects include: administered prices; international automobile industry; profit sharing plans; automobile safety; cost-of-living adjustments; Detroit income tax; European Economic Community; fair labor standards; guaranteed annual wage; international economic development; ILO; McClellan Committee Hearings; multinational corporations; industrial migration; technological unemployment; politics; American economy


Arranged into 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-38, 51-55), and Series 2 (Boxes 38-50, 55-107). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


Two shipments were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on June 3, 1974 and August 14, 1974 by the UAW Special Projects Department.

Related Materials

UAW Research Department Records, Nat Weinberg Papers


A number of contracts, consitutions, convention materials, and newsletters were transferred to the Archives Library and several photographs have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on August 1, 1994.
Guide to the UAW Special Projects Department Records
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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