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UAW Presidents' Office Records

Identifier: LR001399

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection include various correspondence from the offices of these three presidents, dealing briefly with many subjects. The papers also include speeches and transcripts from presidents Leonard Woodcock and Douglas A. Fraser.

Series 1: UAW President's Office; Correspondence, 1969-1983

Sub series A: Walter P. Reuther's Office; Correspondence, 1969-1970 Correspondence in various forms to and from the office of Walter P. Reuther.

Subseries B: Leonard Woodcock's Office; Correspondence, 1970-1977 Correspondence in various forms to and from the office of Leonard Woodcock.

Sub series C: Douglas A. Fraser's Office, Correspondence, 1978-1983 Correspondence in various forms to and from the office of Douglas A. Fraser.

Series 2: UAW President's Office; Speeches, Testimonies and Statements A chronological listing of speeches, statements and transcripts is included in the collection.

Sub series A: Leonard Woodcock's Statements, May 1970-June 1977 Statements in various formats from Leonard Woodcock during his UAW presidency.

Sub series B: Douglas A. Fraser's Statements, June 1976-April 1983 Statements in various formats from Douglas A. Fraser, mostly during his UAW presidency.


  • 1969 - 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.


Walter P. Reuther was elected president of the UAW in March of 1946, and held the office for 24 years, until his death. Among the benefits gained for UAW members under Reuther were the guaranteed annual wage, health insurance for workers and their families, and supplemental unemployment benefits.

Leonard Woodcock was named president of the UAW in May 1970, following the death of Walter P. Reuther. Mr. Woodcock was elected to a full term at the union's 23rd Constitutional Convention in April 1972, and re-elected in 1974. He retired in May 1977. During his tenure as UAW President, Mr. Woodcock led the union in acquiring such contract gains as dental insurance, restrictions on overtime, and stronger health and safety provisions.

Douglas A. Fraser served as president of the UAW from May 1977 until he retired in 1984. Mr. Fraser became the first union leader elected to the board of an American Corporation (Chrysler), a seat he held from 1980 to 1984. As President of the UAW, Mr. Woodcock gained benefits for UAW Members, and maintained a vigorous involvement in community activities.


4 Linear Feet (8 MB)


Files reflect the activities of UAW Presidents Walter P. Reuther, Leonard F. Woodcock and Douglas A. Fraser.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-6) and Series 2 (Boxes 6-8). Folders are divided into subseries and arranged chronologically.


UAW Presidents' Office Records were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in April 1989.

Related Materials

UAW President's Office: Walter P. Reuther Records, UAW President's Office: Douglas Fraser Records, UAW President's Office: Leonard Woodcock Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1992.
Guide to the UAW President's Office Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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