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George Lutzai Papers

Identifier: LP000019

Scope and Content

Series Description: Series 1, USSR: This series contains communist literature, material on the Revolution, Lenin, Stalin and labor in the USSR, often from a radical point of view. For example, among the books and magazines are "the Russian Revolution" by the Socialist Party of Canada and "the Crushing of the Russian Revolution" by the anarchist Emma Goldman. Box 2 contains books on the USSR.

Series 2, Religion: The material in this series is alphabetically arranged by topic or title and is entirely of an anti-religious nature. Included are humanist, rationalist and free-thought journals and periodicals from the 1950's and 1960's. In addition, there are anti-religious pamphlets and booklets. Box 5 contains books on religious problems.

Series III, General Files: Contained in this series are alphabetically arranged files on a great variety of topics including the ACLU, Ralph Chaplin's prison poems, Father Coughlin's lectures on social justice (1935), Max Eastman's address to the jury in the Masses trial (1918), GM, health, homeowners ordinance, an economic program for the auto workers (1937) and senior citizens.

Series 4, Periodicals and Newspapers: This series is broken down into two parts: labor publications and miscellaneous publications. The labor publications are mainly from the 1960's and are alphabeticallyarranged by title, and include "AFL-CIO News," "Catholic Worker," "Detroit Labor News," "UAW Solidarity," and "WBF Solidarity." The miscellaneous pub1ications, also mainly from the 1960's includes "Civil Liberties," "Michigan Democrat," "New Leader," "The Progressive" and "Senior Citizens News."

Series 5, Books: Box 12 contains 96 "Little Blue Books" (literary, philosophical and scientific works.) Boxes 13 and 14 contain literary works and volumes on philosophy, science, grammar and World War I.


  • 1919 - 1965


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.


George Lutzai was a member of UAW Local 314 (Long Manufacturing Co., Detroit, and served as a delegate to some UAW Conventions.


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An early member of the IWW and of UAW Local 314 in Detroit, Mr. Lutzai has long been interested in various radical movements. This collection contains materials on communism and anti-religious movements, as well as humanist, rationalist, and free-thought pamphlets from the 1950's and 1960's. Other periodicals and newspapers have items on the American Civil Liberties Union, Father Charles Coughlin's Social Justice Movement, and problems of senior citizens.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 3-5), Series 3 (Boxes 6-8), Series 4 (Boxes 9-11), and Series 5 (Boxes 12-14). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of George Lutzai were deposited with the Labor History Archives in October, 1961 and March, 1965 by George Lutzai.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by PCG in May, 1967.
Guide to the George Lutzai Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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