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UAW Local 36 Records

Identifier: LR001653
The papers of UAW Local 36, which consist primarily of a full set of membership and executive board meeting minutes drawn from a 30-year period, document the local’s strike activity in 1958 and 1967 as well as longstanding concerns such as line speeds, hours, manpower, health and safety, outsourcing and benefits.

Important subjects in the collection: Afro -American automobile industry workers--Michigan Automobile industry workers--Health and hygiene Ford Motor Company Ford Wixom plant Industrial safety Skilled labor--Michigan Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry--Michigan Work environment

Important correspondents in the collection: Sam Fishman Mike Musto


  • 1957 - 1986


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.


9 Linear Feet (9 SB)


Subjects include: Ford Wixom plant; UAW Locals 400, 600, 900; Sam Fishman; industrial safety; African-American autoworkers; strikes


In 1957, UAW representatives created Local 36 to service autoworkers newly hired or drafted from Locals 400, 600 and 900 to build Lincolns and Thunderbirds at Ford’s Wixom plant. Sam Fishman, a UAW activist with Local 400 who later was elected president of the Michigan AFLCIO, became the first president of Local 36 and held the position from 1957 to 1962.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


The records of UAW Local 36 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on June 27, 1996.

Related Materials

UAW collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by M. Murphy on June 27, 1996.
Guide to the UAW Local 36 Records
Processed by M. Murphy.
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Repository Details

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