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UAW Region 2A Records

Identifier: LR000747

Scope and Content

The papers of UAW Region 2A consist of minutes, financial records, correspondence, organizing and contract negotiations materials, grievances, arbitration cases, publications, clippings, and convention and election materials relating to the business of the locals and companies represented in the region.

Important subjects in the collection: Allis-Chalmers strike, U. S., 1955-1957 Arbitration, Industrial--United States Automobile industry and trade--Grievance arbitration Automobile industry workers--Health and safety Automobile industry workers--Ohio Automobile industry workers--Pennsylvania Automobile industry workers--Pensions Automobile industry workers--West Virginia Collective bargaining--Automobile industry Company unions Discrimination in employment--Afro-Americans General Motors Ternstedt Division strike, U. S., 1955, 1958 International Harvester NAACP North American Aviation strike, U. S., 1953 Plant shutdowns Randall strike, U. S., 1950-1953 Sex discrimination against women Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry--United States Trade-unions and communism Trade-unions--Organizing--United States Trade-unions--Political activity Unemployment UAW Local 647 UAW Local 888 UAW Local 969 United Plastics Workers Independent Association Women automobile industry workers

Important correspondents: William Beckham, John D. Bolin, Caroline Davis, Dominic Dornetto, William Fannin, William Farmer, Dorothy Haener, Fleming Hannah, Edward Hellkamp, Edgar Hinton, Joseph Hyde, William LeMaster, Emil Mazey, Raymond Ross, Brendan Sexton, Joseph White, George Wilkins

Series Description: Series 1: Locals, 1942-1976, Series 2: Correspondence, 1947-1974, Series 3: Subject Files, 1946-1975 Series 4: Company Files, 1945-1975


  • 1942 - 1976


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 Region 2A, which encompasses the southern half of Ohio, the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, and all of West Virginia, was first organized in the early 1940s. It has gone through several geographical realignments and became part of Region 2B in 1990.


124 Linear Feet (123 SB, 1 OS)


Subjects include: Allis-Chalmers strike (1955-57); automobile industry and workers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and W. Virginia; GM Ternstedt Div. strikes (1955, 1958); plant shutdowns; health and safety issues; unemployment; PACs; African-American autoworkers; Communism


Arranged into 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-65), Series 2 (Boxes 65-75), Series 3 (Boxes 75-86), and Series 4 (Boxes 87-123). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The records of UAW Region 2A were placed in the Archives and Labor and Urban Affairs in three installments beginning in 1975 and ending in 1979.

Related Materials

UAW collections


Several photographs and items of memorabilia have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department and a number of local contracts and constitutions, newspapers and other publications have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by G. Bessemer and J. LaFramboise on November 22, 1994.
Guide to the UAW Region 2A Records
Processed by G. Bessemer and J. LaFramboise.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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