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Gilbert Wales Papers

Identifier: LP000285
Series 1: Correspondence, 1949-1965 The collection consists of one series. Correspondence is filed, most often by correspondent, and occasionally by subject or place. Each year from 1955-64 contains a complete alphabet. Occasional subject folders are found at the end of each yearly alphabet.


  • 1949 - 1965



Collection is open for research.


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5.5 Linear Feet (8 MB, 1 scrapbook)


Correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, and scrapbooks collected by Mr. Wales, who served in the Michigan House of Representatives as a delegate from the Upper Peninsula from 1949 until 1965. Agriculture, conservation, hunting and fishing legislation, education, tourism in the Upper Peninsula, taxes, unemployment, and the minimum wage are discussed. Correspondents include Jerome P. Cavanagh, Philip Hart, Patrick McNamara, Neil Staebler, and G. Mennen Williams.


Gilbert Wales, Democratic Representative from the Upper Peninsula, was born in Stambaugh, Michigan in 1921. He was an iron ore miner with the M.A. Hanna Co. for 22 years. A member of Local 1624 United Steelworkers of America, he was grievance chairman for 12 years. Mr. Wales was the first president of the M.A. Hanna Federal Credit Union. He was a city commissioner for 6 years and was elected to the state House of Representatives from 1954-64.


Arranged in 1 series – Series [1] (Boxes 1-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically by year.


The papers of Gilbert Wales were deposited with the Labor History Archives in April 1968 by Gilbert Wales.

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