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Michigan AFL-CIO: August Scholle Records

Identifier: LR000110

Scope and Content

The materials in the collection reflect Mr. Scholle's activities as CIO Regional Director.

Among the correspondents are: George Addes; John Brophy; James B. Carey; Adolph Germer; John Gibson; Allan S. Haywood; Philip Murray; Lee Pressman; Walter Reuther; Murray D. Van Wagoner

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, financial papers, and legal papers relating to various CIO affiliated unions and their Locals in Michigan.

Series 2: Internal office files. Correspondence, financial papers, and memoranda relating to Michigan CIO conventions, county and local CIO Industrial Union Councils, the activities of CIO Field Representatives, and the general office operation of the Michigan Regional Office of the CIO.


  • 1937 - 1945
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1945


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.


August Scholle was born May 23, 1904 in Creighton, Pennsylvania and died at his home in Pigeon, Michigan on February 15, 1972. He left school at age 16 for a job as a glass worker and became active in the glass workers union. In 1933, Scholle was elected President of Local 9 (Toledo) of the Federation of Flat Glass Workers, and in 1936 he established the first CIO Industrial Union Council in Toledo, serving as its President until 1937. From 1937 to 1954, he held the position of CIO Regional Director for Michigan, having been appointed to the job by John L. Lewis. Mr. Scholle was elected President of the Michigan CIO Council (later the Michigan AFL-CIO) in 1940. Except for the period 1943-1946, he held that position until his retirement in June, 1971.


4.5 Linear Feet (9 MB)


Correspondence, reports, memoranda, financial and legal papers, speeches and miscellaneous materials relating to various ClO-affiliated unions and their locals in Michigan; and to Michigan CIO conventions; county and local industrial union councils; activities of CIO field representatives; and the general office operation of the Michigan Regional Office of the CIO. The materials were collected by Mr. Scholle, who served as CIO regional director for Michigan (1937-54); and president, Michigan CIO Council (later the Michigan AFL-CIO) from 1940 to 1943, and 1946 to 1971. Correspondents include George Addes, John Brophy, James 6. Carey, Adolph Germer, John Gibson, Allan S. Haywood, Philip Murray, Lee Pressman, Walter Reuther, and Murray D. Van Wagoner.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-9). Folders in Series 1 are arranged alphabetically, folders in Series 2 are arranged by subject.


The papers of August Scholle were deposited with the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in May, 1964 by August Scholle.

Related Materials

AFL-CIO collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Michigan AFL-CIO: August Scholle Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA