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Bud and Hazel Simons Papers

Identifier: LP000160

Scope and Content

The Simons collection is particularly important in its documentation of the Flint Sit-down Strike of 1937. The personal notes and orders kept by Simons, as strike-chairman, during the strike give an insight to the events and conditions in the plant.

The collection covers the period 1937 to 1962.


  • 1937 - 1962


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.


Bud Simons was born on April 16, 1905 in a small town in Southern Indiana. He quit school and started to work because of the financial situation of his family. He travelled all over the country and worked at all kinds of jobs. He even spent a short period in the coffee fields of Mexico. He married Hazel who was a daughter of a coal miner, a strong union man. The Simonses settled in South Bend where Bud got a job at the Studebaker plant where he worked fairly steadily from 1925 to 1928. The family finally ended up in Grand Rapids where Bud obtained employment at Hayes Body. In 1934 he brought his family to Flint where he became active in the AFL and then in the CIO, where he was active in laying the groundwork for the union in his department, at Flint #1.


.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)


Correspondence, notebooks, picket cards, songs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia collected by Mr. Simons, who was strike chairman of Fisher Body Plant 1 during the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937. The collection deals solely with the strike and contains correspondence with John L. Lewis. An oral history interview with Mr. Simons is available.


Folders are listed by their location within the box.


This collection given to the Archives in July 1965 by Mr. Bud and Mrs. Hazel Simons.


Union buttons, hats, and convention badges (circa 1947-1956); one blackjack; and three large convention photographs were transferred to the Reuther Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by SC.


Bud and Hazel Simons Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA