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Robert J. Mills Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000209
Series I, Robert J. Mills's career from UAW journeyman tool and die worker to an appointee of Walter Reuther to the International Staff and Assistant Director of the UAW Skilled Trades Department.

International Skilled Trades Advisory Committee meetings and history, articles by Robert J. Mills and others, correspondence, job shop negotiations, manual of known skilled trades policies, newspaper clippings, articles on numerical control equipment, policy manual, speeches, reports.

Resolutions Committee Resolutions, UAW Special Convention, 1961; Resolutions, 18th UAW Constitutional Convention, 1962; Resolutions Committee, UAW 18th Constitutional Convention, 1962; Resolutions Submitted, UAW 10th Annual Skilled Trades Conference, 23-25 Jan 1964; Resolutions Submitted, UAW 11th Annual Skilled Trades Conference, 1-2 Oct 1965; Robert J. Mills biography and resume; skilled trades matters; speeches; conferences; surveys; reports; wage comparison data, wage scales, wage survey.

Dates

  • 1954 - 1980

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (8 MB)

Abstract

Robert Mills was a member of various United Auto Workers (UAW) locals, including Local 155, where he served as chairman of various committees and on the Executive Board. Mr. Mills served as the first Chairman of the International Skilled Trades Advisory Committee, as Assistant Director of the UAW Skilled Trades Department, and as a representative to the International Staff. Mr. Mills' papers relate to his career in the UAW and include materials concerning the use of numerical control equipment.

History

Robert John Mills was born on October 10, 1918 in Highland Park, Michigan. After serving a toolmaker apprenticeship at Ford Motor Company, where he became a member of UAW Local 600, and after graduating in 1941, Mr. Mills was hired by Hudson Motor's naval arsenal operation, where he became a member of UAW Local 154. His stay at Hudson Motor was brief because he signed up as a Machinist's Mate in the Navy during World War II. At the War's end, Mr. Mills worked briefly at Coleman Tool and Die in Detroit as a member of UAW Local 157, then at Pro Duc Tive Machine and Tool Co., a subsidiary of Superior Tool and Die, where he was a member of UAW Local 155, then Chairman of three committees and a member of the Executive Board from 1947 to 1962. Between 1955 and 1963, Mr. Mills held a number of important union positions, including a 3-year stint as the first Chairman of the International Skilled Trades Advisory Committee from 1960 to 1963. In March of 1963, Walter Reuther appointed Mr. Mills to the International Staff as a representative. From 1966 to 1969 Mr. Mills served as the Assistant Director of the UAW Skilled Trades Department. In addition to his work with the UAW, Mr. Mills served as a member of the Advisory Board of Macomb Community College, and attended both the University of Detroit and Wayne State University. He retired in October 1980.

Arrangement

Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Acquisition

The papers of Robert John Mills were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on October 1, 1980 and were opened for research in October of 1990. Additional papers were placed in the Archives by Mr. Mills in January of 1984 and opened for research in October of 1990.

Transfers

Two photographs have been placed in the Archives' Audio Visual collection, and assorted pamphlets and printed materials have been added to the Archives' Library collection. UAW local newspapers received with this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October, 1990.
Title
Robert J. Mills Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1990-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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