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Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 Records

Identifier: LR000986

Scope and Content

The papers of the Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 contain minutes, including several bound volumes of DTU and Lansing Typographical Union minutes dating from the turn of the century, correspondence, arbitration and grievance files, mortuary benefits records, negotiations and apprenticeship training materials, lockout, strike and pension records, and documentation of attempted ITU mergers with the Teamsters and Communications Workers unions.

Important subjects in the collection: Collective bargaining--Newspapers--Michigan--Detroit Collective labor agreements--Newspapers--Michigan--Detroit Detroit Mailers Union Grievance arbitration--Printing industry--Michigan--Detroit International Typographical Union Lansing Typographical Union Newspaper publishing--Michigan--Detroit Newspapers--Employees--Michigan--Detroit Printing--Societies, etc.--United States Printing--Societies, etc.--Michigan--Detroit Strikes and lockouts--Newspapers--Michigan--Detroit Trade-unions--Newspapers--Michigan--Detroit Unemployment, Technological

Important correspondents in the collection: Harlow Banks Al Barbour Kenneth Coburn William J. Croteau Frank X. Martel Louis Miriani Woodruff Randolph


  • 1897 - 1987
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1987


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.


Detroit Typographical Union (DTU) No. 18 was established in 1852, when Detroit printers, along with printers in thirteen other cities, met in Cincinnati to form the National Typographical Union (The NTU became the International Typographical Union (ITU) with the admission of Canadian printing locals in 1869).

In the Detroit area, the DTU represented workers not only at the city’s three major dailies (The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit Times), but also those who worked for suburban newspaper publications and the non-newsprint publishers of the Detroit metropolitan area. The collection also documents the activities of the Detroit Mailers Union.


46 Linear Feet (42 SB, 4 OS)


Detroit Typographical Union (DTU) No. 18 was established in 1852 in conjunction with the establishment of the National Typographical Union (later known as the International Typographical Union or ITU). Throughout its history the union has represented three major dailies: The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit Times as well as suburban newspaper publications and non-newsprint publishers of the Detroit metropolitan area.

The DTU records document its administration and activities from the turn of the 19th century, including strikes, grievances, and attempted mergers. The Detroit Mailers Union is also documented.


Folders are listed in the order they appear.


Some photographs and DTU memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Contracts, books and serials received with the collection have been transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA