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Roy M. Brown Papers

Identifier: LP000413
The Roy M. Brown Collection contains reports,addresses, minutes, etc. on many of the significant movements in the I.A.M. including: factional disputes, U.A.W-I.A.M. agreements, and labor relations. It also contains information which reflects on Roy M. Brown, himself and his service to the Histradrut campaign, A.I.D., and the rehabilitation of the industrially injured.

The Roy M. Brown Collection covers the period from 1937 to 1970.

Important subjects are: Formation of I.A.M. - Automotive Machinist Lodge #1484 (1936) California Conference of Machinists (1938) Conflict at District Lodge #751, Boeing, Seattle, Washington (1940) Brown's appointment as Grand Lodge Vice President (1942) U.A.W. - I.A.M. No Raid Agreements Fry Audit (1950 - 1960) Joe Addison Case Changes in the I.A.M. Constitution Brown's Campaign for General Secretary Treasurer - I.A.M. (1960 - 1961) Dismissal of Grand Lodge Representatives I.A.M. Support of Labor's Israel Fund for Training (L.I.F.T.)

Among the correspondents are: Leonard Woodcock, Vice President, U.A.W. H.L. Mitchell, President, National Agricultural Workers Union James G. Patton, President, National Farmers Union A.J. Hayes, International President Ashby McGraw, Grand Lodge Representative Thomas McNett, President, Lodge #727 John Snider, President, Lodge #727 Eric Peterson, Genreal Secretary Treasurer Elmer Walker, General Vice President Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Israel I. Blumenfeld, Executive Director, Israel Histadrut Council Gregory J. Bardacke, Executive Director, American Trade Union Council Eleanor Roosevelt Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California Goodwin J. Knight, Governor of California The Very Rev. James A. Pike
Part I Series Description: Series I, Roy M. Brown: Biography, citations, addresses of Roy M. Brown concerning him personally and his views on labor from 1941 - 1964.

Series II, Roy M. Brown - I.A.M.: Reports, lists, circulars, clippings, notes, and hearings on Confederative Interamericana de Trabajadores, Labor's Israel Fund for Training, Election Campaigns, Roy M. Brown vs. I.A.M. from 1941 - 1968.

Series III, I.A.M: Constitutions, publications, investigation reports, job descriptions, conference proceedings, statistical data, and agreements concerning the Grand Lodge, Aircraft and Missle Conference, California Conference of Machinist, Western States Conference, International Conference, Executive Council, Organizing Campaigns and District Lodges from 1937 - 1969.

Series IV, Labor: Materials concerning the AFL-CIO council meetings and conventions. Labor publications, 1937 - 1970.

Series V, Miscellaneous: Clipping from California newspapers on topics of interest to Roy M. Brown, from 1957 - 1964.
Part II Series Description: Series I, Roy M. Brown: Personal Correspondence, 1941-1966, Diaries, 1953-1969.

Series II, Roy M. Brown: Personal Correspondence, Western States Construction Program, Earl Melton Case, James McDonald Case, Alleged Communist Activities, Labor's Israel Fund for Training, Office Correspondence, Election Campaign notes, Hearing materials on Joseph M. Callahan, John J. King, Elmer Walker, and Ernest R. White, 1941-1968.

Series III, I.A.M.: Correspondence; California Conference of Machinists, (1951-1962), Executive Council, (1948-1960), General Vice-Presidents, (1951-1954), A.J. Hayes, (1952-1953), Eric Peterson, (1952-1954), Elmer Walker, (1952-1954), Carl Hubndorff, (1953-1954), Tom Tippett, (1951-1954), Gordon Cole, (1951-1952), Business Reports, Election materials, Organizing Campaigns, "Operation Quiet", Rohr Aircraft, (1951-1956), National Agreements-Lockheed, (1952-1960), Erection and Construction Fund, (1940-1955), District Lodge 720, (1941-1959), District Lodge 751, (1940-1942), District Lodge 727 and 94, (1945-1960), and Joe Addison Case material.


  • 1937 - 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.


35.5 Linear Feet (71 MB, 4 OS folders)


Mr. Brown worked toward the development of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in California. In 1936 he served as recording secretary of Lodge 1484 and business representative of the newly formed Lodge 1126. He helped organize and became president of the first California Conference of Machinists in 1938, and, by 1942, became a general vice-president of the IAM. Speeches, clippings, and other materials on the aircraft industry; National War Labor Board; UAW-IAM No Raid Agreements; Fry Audit; and Brown's campaign for general secretary-treasurer are included. Among the correspondents are A.J. Hayes, Asby McGraw, Thomas McNett, H .L. Mitchell, and Leonard Woodcock.


Roy M. Brown was born in Malvern, Arkansas, November 20, 1906. He and his family migrated first to New Mexico and in August of 1910 settled in Phoenix, Arizona. From the time he was thirteen he worked during his school vacations at the Arizona Eastern Railroad Company roundhouse. He served his apprenticeship as a machinist in the railroad shops. At varying periods in the twenties he also worked for mining companies in the state of Arizona.

Roy M. Brown married in 1928 and moved to California. The next year, while in San Pedro, California, he worked as an automotive machinist. Brown joined the Machinists (I.A.M.) of Long Beach, California in September of 1935. In February of 1936 the Lodge #1484 was chartered for San Pedro and Wilmington, California. Brown became the first recording secretary of this Lodge. During this same period he also serbed as Business Representative of the newly formed Lodge #1126. In 1938 he helped organize and served as president of the first California Conference of Machinists.

On November 1, 1939, Brown was appointed to the position of Grand Lodge Representative for the International Union. He became a General Vice President of the I.A.M. in 1942. AT that time he was the youngest I.A.M. member to serve on the Executive Council. He continued in that position until June 30, 1961.

As Vice President he served the area known as the Southwestern States Territory. This included Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and El Paso County, Texas.

His scope of responsibilities were varied. In 1943 he began to organize the I.A.M. in the aircraft industry. He also participated in the War Labor Board Hearings conducted by Paul Porter. His representative and bargaining positions were not limited to the aircraft and missile industry in the United States for he worked to improve relationships between labor in Canada, Latin America, and Israel.

In 1959, Brown fought against a change in the I.A.M. constitution. Following this dispute Brown deceided to run for the office of the General Secretary Treasurer. He lost the election. Several I.A.M. Grand Lodge representatives who supported Roy M. Brown were dismissed from their posiitons after the election. Because of their dismissal a successful suit against the I.A.M. by Roy M. Brown and nine of the dismissed members followed.


Part I: Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-4), Series 3 (Boxes 5-31), Series 4 (Boxes 32-34), and Series 5 (Box 34). Folders are arranged chronologically.
Part II: Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-17), and Series 3 (Boxes 18-37). Folders are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Roy M. Brown were deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in September 21, 1970 by Roy M. Brown.

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