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UAW Women's Department Records

Identifier: LR000446

Scope and Content

The papers of the UAW Women’s Department collection consist of correspondence, minutes and other meeting material, conference material, clippings, publications, and reports.

Important subjects in the collection: Civil Rights Legal rights for working women Equal Pay National Organization for Women Equal Rights Amendment National Women’s Conference Health issues Status of Women Commissions International Women’s Year Worker education

Important correspondents in the collection: Carrigan, Cele Mazey, Emil Davis, Caroline Moran, Ernie Figel, Helen Reuther, Roy Friedan, Betty Reuther, Walter P. Haener, Dorothy Ross, Ray Hatcher, Lillian Woodcock, Leonard Madar, Olga


  • 1919 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1980


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.


The UAW Women’s Department developed out of the UAW Women’s Bureau, a division of the union’s War Policy Department in the 1940s. The Women’s Department was formally established at the union’s 15th Constitutional Convention in 1955. The Women’s Department addressed the specific problems that women faced in the workplace: equal pay, ending discrimination in hiring, promotion and training of women, as well as equal seniority protection. Through conferences, legislation, education, women’s auxiliaries and committees, the UAW Women’s Department sought to improve working conditions for women.


36 Linear Feet (36 SB)


Subjects include: civil rights; Equal Rights Amendment; health issues; National Organization for Women; worker education


Folders are alphabetically computer-arranged in the inventory.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A number of photographs, slides, audio tapes, buttons, and posters have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection, and numerous books, proceedings, serials, and convention material are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the UAW Women's Department Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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