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Michigan AFL-CIO: William C. Marshall Records

Identifier: LR00102A
The papers of the Michigan AFL-CIO: William C. Marshall Collection consist of materials relating to Mr. Marshall’s tenure as Michigan AFL-CIO president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer. They include documents from Michigan AFL-CIO conventions, political action programs and elections, community activities, and the organization’s relationship with affiliated labor bodies.

Important subjects in the collection: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Michigan Democratic Party; Michigan Elections; Allied Industrial Workers; Michigan AFL-CIO; Exec. Board Meetings; Civil Rights; Michigan AFL-CIO Conventions; CETA; Michigan State University Labor Program; Communication Workers of America; Governor Milliken; AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education; Northern Michigan Univ. Labor Program; Histadrut; Southeast Michigan Transit Authority; Human Resource Development Institute; United Automobile Workers Union; Frank Kelly; Utility Workers Union; Lane Kirkland; United Way


  • 1961 - 1983


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.


56 Linear Feet (56 SB)


Subjects include: AFSCME; Allied Industrial Workers; civil rights; CETA; Communications Workers of America; political education; Histadrut; Michigan Democratic Party; Michigan elections; Michigan AFL-CIO; transportation; UAW; United Way


William C. Marshall was born in Tunica, Mississippi on May 25, 1921. Mr. Marshall joined Amalgamated Transit Union Local #1127 while working as a bus driver for Trailways in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1942. He served as a committeeman and board member for Local #1127. In 1948 Mr. Marshall moved to Detroit, began working for Greyhound, and transferred to Motor Coach Employees Union Local #1303. Between 1948 and 1958 he served as president and business manager for Local #1303. He was also chairman of the national council of Greyhound Bus Drivers and an organizer for the Motor Coach Employees International Union.

Mr. Marshall served as the Michigan AFL-CIO’s executive vice-president from 1959-69, secretary-treasurer from 1969-1971, and president from 1971 until his retirement in 1983. He also held many positions in local and state labor federations. He was a member of the executive board of the Detroit and Wayne County Federation of Labor from 1953-1958, the Michigan AFL-CIO from 1958-60, and the Wayne County AFL-CIO from 1958-60.


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.

Related Materials

Michigan AFL-CIO collections


A number of books, serials, convention proceedings, and pamphlets have been placed in the Archives Library and photographs, buttons, bumper stickers, and several audio tapes and films are available in the Archives Audiovisual Department.

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Repository Details

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Detroit MI 48202 USA