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UAW Local 72 Records

Identifier: LR001486

Scope and Content

The papers of UAW Local 72 consist of minutes and correspondence of the Joint Council, Pension, Trial, and By-Laws Committees proceedings, reports, news releases, resolutions, job transfer lists, grievances, and strike material.

Important subjects in the collection: American Motors Corporation NLRB General Motors Corporation Pension and Insur ance Hudson Company Security Clause Nash-Kelvinator

Important correspondents in the collection: Martin Anderson Mike Maxin Peter Brahm Al Moeller Ralph Daum Mike Molinaro Arthur Hees Ray Resch Lief Hillesland Richard Thiel Walter Lenzke Walter Vaughn


  • 1933 - 1972


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.


UAW Local 72 formed initially as AFL-Federal Labor Union 19008 in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1933. Shortly after the founding of the United Autoworkers in 1935, the local rechartered as AFL-UAW Local 72, representing workers at the Kenosha Nash (later AMC) plant. In 1950, the local won its first pension and insurance plan under the leadership of President Mike Maxin. In the early 1950s, Walter Vaughn became the first black member of the Local 72 Executive Board. Ralph Daum, a former Chief Steward in the Press Room, served the longest term as President of the local between 1967 and 1978.


32 Linear Feet (32 SB)


Subjects include: Kenosha labor; American Motors Corp.; General Motors; Hudson Motor Car Co.; Nash-Kelvinator Corp.; NLRB


Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.


The records of UAW Local 72 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in several shipments.

Related Materials

UAW American Motors Corporation Department Records


A number of posters and photographs have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. Local 72 by-laws, constitutions, contracts, and newsletters were transferred to the archives library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1995.
Guide to the UAW Local 72 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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