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UAW Local 417 Records

Identifier: LR000715

Scope and Content

The records of UAW Local 417 consist of correspondence, minutes, financial records, memos, notes, grievances and contracts. Most of the files pertain to organizing activities, elections, contract negotiations and grievance procedures in factories under the local's jurisdiction.

Important subjects in the collection: Anti-Discrimination Cases Elicon Detroit Grand Steel Hawthorne Metal Products Health and Safety Enforcement Industro-Motive Corporation Labor Unions—Collective Bargaining Labor Unions—Grievances Labor Unions—Organizing Plant Closings

Important correspondents in the collection: Richard Frankensteen Harry Kujawski Dean Spooner Betty Tobin


  • 1954 - 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.


28 Linear Feet (28 SB)


UAW Local 417 was chartered in 1945. The original charter was issued to Great Lakes Greyhound Garage in Birmingham, Michigan. An amalgamated local, its membership comes primarily from auto parts companies in Detroit's northern suburbs: Clawson, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Troy, Ferndale and Sterling Heights. Dean Spooner became President of the Local in 1963, and remained in office for the remainder of the period covered by this collection. Subjects include: auto parts plants in Detroit's northern suburbs; plant closings; collective bargaining; union organizing; grievances; discrimination.


Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A number of contracts have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by the Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the UAW Local 417 Records
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Repository Details

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Detroit MI 48202 USA