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UAW Region 8 Records

Identifier: LR000811

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection concern the administration of UAW locals in the southeastern states. Files relate to contract negotiations, grievances, political action, and race relations. One series consists of the files of George L. Holloway, Jr., an African American UAW official working in the Memphis Sub-Regional Office. Another series is made up of files relating to the now-defunct UAW Local 344 representing the workers of the American Standard Corporation in Baltimore.

Important Collection Correspondents: George Addes C.W. Hypes Hugh Alexander Willia m Jackson J.C. Barnette Wayne Kendrick John Bateman J.E. Lancaster Joseph M. Bauernschub Hilton Lee B.W. Bothe Joseph Lisi James Boyette Earl Lucas Glenn Brayton Alexander Lux Edward J. Burton Albert Mattes James H. Butler E.T. Michael Patrick Capece Alonz o Moore John T. Case Carl Moore V. Ray Casteel Claude N. Perevia P.J. Ciampa Fred Quatrini Joseph E. Craig Walter P. Reuther Gavin Crawford Gerald Rocker Ernest Crofoot James Ruble Donald Cromer Irwin Sewell B.B. Cross George Siddon J.A. Crupp Francis J. S olomon Homer Curbo James Solomon B.C. Deason Ralph South M.C. Duncan Thomas Starling L.T. Echols L.C. Steele Robert Farrar C.E. Strickland Anthony L. Fedele R.J. Thomas Joseph Ferrara A.D. Tomme James Ford James Turne Floyd Garrett Paul Wagner Paul Giblin Virginia Waters Herbert Green James P. Weaver Charles Guenil Harold G. Wilson James Harden Leonard Woodcock Horace Hart Hoyt Wright Earl Henderson John Young Lyman H. Henderson George L. Holloway ** I.M. Hyatt

**In.addition to the George Holloway files kept by the Regional Office, this collection includes some of the personal files of Mr. Holloway, an international representative working out of Region 8's Memphis Office. See Series IV, Boxes 194 and 195.

Major Companies Holding Contracts with Region 8 Locals Allis Chalmers Borg Warner Caterpillar Tractor Chrysler Motor Corp. Fairchild Aircraft Ford Motor Company Warner Fruehauf General Motors Corp. (Chevrolet, Fisher Body and Parts Divisions) International Harvester Mack Truck

Important Subjects AFL-CIO (relations and activities) Contract Negotiation Notes (by local and corporation for all years) COPE Grievances NLRB (hearings and elections) Race Relations and Integration within the UAW Strike Activities (including Kohler Strike and Frick Strikes) UAW in Southern and National Politics
Series Description: Series 1: Regional Correspondence with UAW International Departments, Other Labor Organizations, Corporations and Regional Offices and Staff, 1941-1969, The records in this series range from handwritten negotiation notes arranged by corporation to correspondence with the international departments of the UAW, to contract agreements, to correspondence with Region 8 staff members, to printed materials circulated by the UAW, the AFL-CIO, the Democratic Party, COPE and the NAACP. The records are arranged alphabetically by folder heading within chronological subseries. These groupings follow those established by the Regional Office with the exception of the "Pre-1948" subseries which is employed as a comprehensive category for all early Regional Office records. Regional staff files are arranged alphabetically at the end of each subseries. These files contain correspondence between the Regional Office and its field representatives but also include representative travel and expense reports. The span dates of a particular folder listing coincide with those of the subseries unless otherwise indicated.

Series 2: Regional Correspondence with Region 8 Locals, 1940-1969 The records in this series range from handwritten negotiation notes to correspondence, to printed notices and reports, to legal briefs and final reports. All are organized by Local number within chronological subseries as designated by the original Regional arrangement scheme. Again the category "Pre-1948" was created to deal with the early records that do not otherwise fit into one of the Office's chronological groups. The span dates of a particular folder coinside with those of the subseries unless otherwise indicated.

Series 3: Grievance Appeal Cases, 1940-1970 The records in this series are exclusively grievance appeal cases handled by the Regional Office. When received, most of these files were arranged by General Motors Division, such as Buick-Olsmobile-Pontiac or Fisher Body. The remainder were grouped according to the Local from which the grievance originated. Most case materials are stapled together and lack file folders. All grievance records are now arranged by Local number or GM Division and then by Appeal Case number. The Case numbers usually, but not always, follow in chronological order.

Series 4: George L. Holloway Jr. Office Files, 1956-1968 Unlike all of the other records received from Region 8, the papers in Series IV include the personal files of a UAW International Representative, George L. Holloway Jr., who is employed by Region 8. George Holloway was for some time connected with UAW Local 988 (Memphis) and subsequently worked out of the Memphis Sub-Regional Office of Region 8. As a Black union official, he was vitally concerned with integration within the UAW and the rights of Black workers. His papers are divided into two arbitrary groups: subject files and UAW Local files. All of the original file headings have been retained. The bulk of Series IV materials deal with UAW matters in the period of the late 1950's and the 1960's.

Series 5: Files relating to Local 344, 1943-1969 The records in this series are correspondence between the Region and Local 344, agreements, letters of understandingandothercontractmaterial,andgrievances. TheRegion'sfileheadingsandarrangement have been retained. Non-grievance material is arranged chronologically, with topical headings within chronological order. Grievances are divided into those arbitrated and others. The former are arranged according to the case number assigned by the American Arbitration Association. The last six digits of this number are followed by the number assigned by the union and, occasionally, the grievant's name. The latter group were arranged chronologically and grouped in folders by year during inventorying.


  • 1941 - 1970


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.


Region 8 which represents approximately 53,000 UAW members in the southeast is comprised of Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and a portion of south-central Pennsylvania. Sub-Regional offices are situated in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Hagerstown, Memphis, Nashville, Wilmington, and York.

At the 1940 UAW Convention H. Lawrence Smith was elected to the International Executive Board to represent the members of Region 8. In 1941 Thomas J. Starling was named Regional Director, and he served until 1953 when he was followed in that office by Panfilo J. Ciampa. From 1955 until 1957 Norman Seaton was Director. He was succeeded by E. T. Michael who held the office for twenty-seven years. When he retired in 1984 George Smith was elected.


199 Linear Feet (199 SB)


Subjects include: southeastern U.S. UAW locals; racial discrimination


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-85), Series 2 (Boxes 86-146), Series 3 (Boxes 147-193), Series 4 (Boxes 194-195), and Series 5 (Boxes 196-199). Folders are arranged alphabetically or numerically by case file with grievances files.

Series 1 and 2 each are divided into 10 subseries. Series 3 is divided into 9 subseries. Series 4 is divided into 1 subseries.


The papers of UAW Region 8 were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1976 by B. W. Bothe, Assistant Director of the Regional Office.

Related Materials

UAW collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1985.
Guide to the UAW Region 8 Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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