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UAW Local 1565 Records

Identifier: LR001089

Scope and Content

The papers of the Chase Local reflect the administrative history of this local from 1941 until 1976, and its interaction with the brass industry.

Series Description: Series 1: The International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, 1941-47 Series 2: The Progressive Metalworkers' Council, Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, 1947-50 Series 3: The United Automobile Workers, 1951-76

Important correspondents: John J. Driscoll, Walter P. Reuther, Douglas A. Fraser, Reid Robinson, Pat Greathouse, R. J. Thomas, Emil Mazey, Leonard Woodcock


  • 1941 - 1976


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.


Believing that the PMC brass workers would have a better relationship with the automobile and brass workers of the UAW, in late 1950, Driscoll helped to guide most of the PMC locals into the UAW which became their permanent home. In early 1951, the Chase Local switched its number to 1565. In 1953, Local 1565 terminated its association with the PMC. The Kennecott Copper Corporation, in 1976, permanently closed down the remaining plants of the Chase Brass and Copper Company of Waterbury, Connecticut, and as a result, the Chase Brass and Copper Workers' Union, Local 1565 became defunct.


13 Linear Feet (26 MB)


Subjects include: Chase Brass and Copper Co., Waterbury, Connecticut; metalworkers; IUMMSW Local 565; Progressive Metalworkers’ Council, IUMSWA; plant closings in the brass industry; 1946, 1956, 1975-76 strikes


Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 3-5), Series 3 (Boxes 6-26). Folders are arranged chronologically by subject or type of material.


The papers of UAW Local 1565 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1982 and October of 1984 by UAW Local 1604, from Waterbury, Connecticut.

Related Materials

Other materials relating to Local 1565 located in the Archives are the UAW Region 9A Scrapbook on the Connecticut Metalworkers, 1949-1952, as well as the book, The Brass Valley: The Story of the Working People's Lives and Struggles in an American Industrial Region by Jeremy Brecher, Jerry Lombardi, and Jan Stackhouse (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982).


Approximately 10 photographs relating to Local 1565 have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. UAW contracts may also be found in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February 1987.
Guide to the UAW Local 1565 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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