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James G. Pyrros Papers

Identifier: UP001940

Scope and Content

The papers of James G. Pyrros consist primarily of political campaign literature, some of his design, and newspaper and magazine coverage documenting Michigan Democratic Party politics and state and national elections from the 1940s through the 1970s. Also included are speeches and press releases he authored, files covering his work for Democratic presidential hopeful Paul Simon's campaign in 1988 and a few items relating to Nedzi's investigation of government intelligence agency improprieties as chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Operations.

Important subjects in the collection: Democratic Party--Michigan Detroit (Mich.)--Politics and government Elections--Michigan Ferency, Zolton Michigan--Politics and government Michigan 15th Cong ressional District Democratic Party Organization Nedzi, Lucien Simon, Paul M., presidential campaign, 1988


  • 1943 - 1988


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.


James G. Pyrros, born in Detroit on March 10, 1928, showed an early interest in politics and world affairs. His first campaign experience came during George C. Edwards Jr.'s Detroit mayoral bid in 1949. The following year Pyrros ran unsuccessfully for precinct delegate in Detroit's 59th district, but from then on was active in Democratic Party politics, especially in the star-studded 15th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization, where he served as newsletter editor and vice chairman.

In the early 1950s, while studying for a law degree at Wayne State University, Pyrros worked at the Detroit Housing Commission with Zolton Ferency. Later he helped manage Ferency's 1963 campaign to unseat the Michigan state Democratic Party chair as well as his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1966. In 1955, after returning from military service in the Korean War, he joined the staff of the Michigan attorney general's office.

Pyrros helped orchestrate Lucien Nedzi's 1961 upset victory in Detroit's 1st congressional district as well as his 1964 primary against Harold Ryan in the newly merged 1st and 14th districts. From 1961 until Nedzi's retirement in 1980, he served as an administrative assistant in the congressman's Washington office.


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James Pyrros had an active career in local, state, and national Democratic politics. He worked on many state congressional campaigns and staffs, for the Detroit Housing Commission, and in the Michigan attorney general's office. His papers reflect his political endeavors and document Michigan Democratic Party politic as well as state and national elections.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of James G. Pyrros were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 2007 by Mr. Pyrros.

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