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Marc Stepp Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001440
The Marc Stepp Collection consists primarily of his speeches as UAW International Vice President. Important subjects in the collection: Affirmative action Black Shriners Black workers Effects of international trade and multinational corporations on workers Impact of economic recession on black workers Impact of Reagan administration policies on black workers Job training and retraining Occupational health and safety Plant closings South Africa Unemployment U.S. industrial policy

Dates

  • 1940 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (2 SB)

Abstract

Stepp worked for nineteen years at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of union leadership from shop committeeman, chief steward and vice president of Local 490 to the Chrysler-UAW National Negotiating Committee. In 1967 he was appointed international representative with Region 1B, was elevated to assistant regional director in 1973 and in 1974 was elected International Vice President, assuming Nelson Jack Edwards' spot on the union's International Executive Board.

He was active in numerous community and civil rights organizations and in Democratic Party politics, running unsuccessfully for a seat on the all-white Detroit Common Council in 1965. Marc Stepp retired from the UAW in 1988.

The Marc Stepp Collection consists primarily of his speeches as UAW International Vice President. Subjects include: affirmative action; black Shriners; impact of economic recession on black workers; impact of Reagan administration policies on black workers; plant closings; South Africa; U.S. industrial policy

History

Marcellus (Marc) Stepp was born January 31, 1923 in Versailles, Kentucky. The family moved to Evansville, Indiana when he was eleven years old. After graduation from Lincoln High School, he took the bus to Detroit, looking for adventure and opportunity. He worked a number of jobs before being drafted in 1943. After service in the Army Air Corps, he returned to Detroit and attended trade school, Highland Park adult education classes and night school at the University of Detroit, eventually earning an accounting degree.

Stepp worked for nineteen years at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of union leadership from shop committeeman, chief steward and vice president of Local 490 to the Chrysler-UAW National Negotiating Committee. In 1967 he was appointed international representative with Region 1B, was elevated to assistant regional director in 1973 and in 1974 was elected International Vice President, assuming Nelson Jack Edwards' spot on the union's International Executive Board.

He was active in numerous community and civil rights organizations and in Democratic Party politics, running unsuccessfully for a seat on the all-white Detroit Common Council in 1965. Marc Stepp retired from the UAW in 1988.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Acquisition

The papers of Marc Stepp were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Stepp between 1993 and 2004.

Related Materials

UAW International Executive Board Oral Histories

Transfers

A number of photographs and audio and video tapes as well as items of memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 2006.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Marc Stepp Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2006-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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