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Joseph Snyder Papers

Identifier: UP000275

Scope and Content

Part I: The Joseph M. Snyder Collection covers the period from 1958 to mid-1968.

Important subjects are: Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-1962. Local Election Campaigns Between the Years 1958 and 1968.

Among the correspondents are: Former President Harry S. Truman Michigan Governors - G.M. Williams, John Swainson and George Romney Secretary of State - James M. Hare Lieutenant Gov. - William G. Milliken Congressmen - James G. O'Harra; Paul H. Todd, Jr. Michigan Representatives - James Bradley; Blair G. Woodman; George Montgomery Michigan Attorney General - Frank J. Kelley

Series Description: Series I - Election Campaigns, 1959 to 1966: This series is comprised of miscellaneous papers, chiefly literature connected with Snyder's various election campaigns for such positions as Michigan Con-Con delegate (1960-1961), Michigan Representative (1963, 1965, and 1967) as well as St. Clair Shores City Councilman (April, 1960). Snyder's lies with the UAW local organization (19 59-60) is best represented in this series. The arrangement of this series is chronological, however material within each folder generally proceed from the most recent to the earliest date.

Series II - Michigan Constitutional Convention, 1961-62: Most of the material related to Snyder's post as the Michigan Constitutional Delegate can be found in this series, which en¬compasses the time between the years 19 60 and 19 65. Arrange¬ment of the material is in a chronological order and by subject, reflecting a particular function of the Con-Con delegate.

Series III - Michigan State Representative, 1962-1968: This series reflects Snyder's functions and activities as the Michigan State Representative (elected in 1963, re-elected in 1965 and 1967). The material consists of pamphlets, circulars, notes, minutes, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The material follows functional arrangement and the corre¬spondence alphabetical - by topics, then by names chronologically arranged within each folder.
Part II: Important subjects are: St. Clair Shores, Michigan city Government Conservation and Recreation 1968 State and National Elections

Among the correspondents are: William Copeland; T. John Lesinski; John Dingell; Sander Levin; Raymond Dzendzel; William Ryan; Philip Hart; Neil Stabler; Garland Lane

Series Description: Series IV This series comprises Snyder's general correspondence, including invi-tations, as well as press releases and public reports he has made to constit-uents. They are arranged chronologically, and span the period from 1958 to 1968. Where ever possible correspondence has been segregated into subjects appearing later in the collection, although much material bearing upon legis-lation will be found in this series.

Series V This series documents democratic party affairs, on the county and on the state levels, and concentrates especially upon campaigning and elections. Documents include correspondence, minutes, lists, ballots, etc. Arranged chronologically, from the earliest date of a topic, and spans 1958 through the 1968 national election.

Series VI This series focuses upon the municipal government of St. Clair Shores, its various boards, commissions and programs, as well as the affairs of the Macomb County Board of Supervisors. Snyder's correspondence as councilman begins this series. Also included are minutes, reports, clippings, and pamphlets. The first half of the series is chronologically arranged in terms of the apparent structure of municipal government, while the remainder of the series is devoted to specific subjects and to county government. It covers the years 1958-1967.

Series VII - Michigan Constitutional Convention This series comprises a few files on Con-Con. For a description, see previous guide.

Series VIII This series further documents Snyder's activities as state representative in Lansing. Included are House Rosters, Bills, and Relevant correspondence, Hearings, etc. Materials are arranged numerically or chronologically, and cover the period 1963 through 1968. A sub-series of special topics is appended, covering areas in which Snyder has had a sustained interest before reaching Lansing. These subjects include conservation and recreation, of which house committee he was vice-chairman; education, especially dealing with local schools and with schol-arships for Higher Education; Mental Health, and Michigan Week, as well as miscellaneous non-political organizations. This sub-series is arranged chronologically by subject.

Series IX This series contains documentation of Snyder's union activities, especially bearing upon the 1968 issues of D.R.U.M. and the Humphrey-Nixon election arranged chronologically, it spans 1951-1968.

Series X This series of miscellaneous clippings, pamphlets, and news scripts, is chronologically arranged and spans the period 1959-1968.
Part III: Important subjects are: Conservation, Environmental Quality and Recreation Education Mental Health Non-public School Aid Series Description: Series XI Correspondence, reports, clippings, legislative bills, press releases, and pamphlets forming the subject files of Mr. Snyder as a state representative.

Series XII This series contains the same sort of material as the previous one and deals exclusively with conservation, environmental quality and recreation.

Series XIII Like Series XII in type, this series deals exclusively with education.

Series XIV In general this series is a correspondence file relating to the district (Macomb County) which Mr. Snyder represents.

Series XV This series is a general correspondence file for 1970.

Series XVI This series reflects Mr. Snyder's positions with the UAW and includes financial records of Local 783, subject files, and materials relating to UAW Workshops and conventions.


  • 1958 - 1968


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.


Joseph M. Snyder was born on March 18, 1915 at Barberton, Ohio. He graduated from the Wilbur Wright High School, Detroit, Michigan. Upon his graduation from High School, Snyder con¬tinued to broaden his knowledge by taking such courses as chem¬istry, physics and accounting. He worked first as a mechanic for the Gray Marine Motor Company and later as claims manager for J. T. Doyle.

In 1942 J. Snyder married Rita Kauthak and is the father of two sons and a daughter.

Before his election in 1960 to the office of Constitutional Delegate from Macomb County, Michigan, J. Snyder worked twelve years as the UAW International Representative of St. Clair Shores District, Michigan; in the capacity of an auditor - eight years, and four years as a negotiator.

Snyder's keen interest in the life of his community and that of the State of Michigan is best shown by the offices he held. They were: Councilman of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County Supervisor, Chairman of the St. Clair Shores Planning Commission, Director Macomb Chapter of the Michigan Society for Mental Health, Chairman of the St. Clair Shores Public Safety Committee, and a Representative to the Michigan House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, in 1962, 1964 and 1966. His position as vice chairman of the conservation committee consummates a long interest in the field. In April, 1967, Snyder was elected chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.


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Joseph Snyder worked for the United Auto Workers as International Representative of St. Clair Shores District, MI, local auditor and negotiator, and Constitutional Delegate from Macomb County, MI. He was also involved in local, county, and Michigan politics, most notably serving three consecutive terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. His papers reflect his latter UAW career as well as his involvement in politics.


Part I: Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-8), and Series 3 (Boxes 9-17). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically, depending upon the series.
Part II: Arranged in 7 series - Series 4 (Box 18), Series 5 (Boxes 19-20), Series 6 (Boxes 20-22), Series 7 (Box 22), Series 8 (Boxes 23-25), Series 9 (Box 26), Series 10 (box 27). Folders are arranged chronologically.
Part III: Arranged in 6 series - Series 11 (Boxes 28-38), Series 12 (Boxes 39-41), Series 13 (Boxes 42-47), Series 14 (Boxes 48-51), Series 15 (Boxes 52-55), and Series 16 (56-59). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically depending upon the series.


Part I: The papers of Joseph M. Snyder were deposited with the Labor History Archives in Feb. 14, 1968 by Mr. Snyder.
Part II: This addition to the Joseph Snyder collection was deposited in the Labor History Archives in December 1968 by Mr. Snyder.
Part III: The papers of Part III of the Joseph M. Snyder Collection were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs between March 1970 and February 1972 by Mr. Snyder.


Part III: Six photographs and numerous badges, stickers, buttons, membership cards, and other memorabilia relating to the UAW, the Democratic Party, and other organizations have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Pamphlets, proceedings, newspapers, and other UAW publications; reports and pamphlets of the State of Michigan, and miscellaneous publications concerning labor and current affairs have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by JC in December 1968.
Part III: Processed and finding aid updated by Walter P. Reuther Library in September 1972.
Guide to the Joseph Snyder Papers
Processed by JC.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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