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Delmond Garst Papers

Identifier: LP000436
Series 1, 1934-1971: The personal and general office files of Mr. Garst covering the period 1934 to 1971. There are some items concerning the 1938 organizing activities at Ford and Chevrolet in St. Louis.

Series 2: Correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports, and other material relating to labor unions, political action, and any organization or committee not concerned with the St. Louis area.

Series 3: Mr. Garst's files concerning his involvement in St. Louis organizations and committees, in particular the St. Louis County Bond Program of the mid 1950's and early 1960's.

Additionally, six scrapbooks of clippings on union activities covering the years 1938, 1939 and 1942 have been placed with the collection.


  • 1934 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1938 - 1960


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.


8 Linear Feet (12 MB, 6 scrapbooks)


An early officer of UAW Local 25, General Motors (St. Louis), Mr. Garst later served on the UAW International Executive Board (1936-42). In 1942 he was named regional director for the CIO for Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. Mr. Garst is now a regional director for AFL-CIO Region 1 5, with offices in St. Louis. Correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and minutes of the UAW General Executive Board (1936-42); War Labor Board; Missouri plan for vocational education (1940); and Metropolitan Committee on Preparedness for National Defense are included in the collection. Topics include community involvement of a labor leader, organizing campaigns, and wage stabilization. Among the correspondents is Wayne Morse.


Delmond Garst, one of the early union organizers in the auto industry, was born on a tobacco farm near Livermore, Kentucky, December 23, 1903. He received his education in the Livermore schools. In 1921 he was employed by the Chevrolet Motor Company in the St. Louis body division and became active in unionism in 1933. From 1936 to 1942 he served as a member of the UAW National Executive Board. During World War II Mr. Garst was an assistant to Sidney Hillman in the Office of Production Management and was a member of the National War Labor Board for over four years. After the war he became active in the CIO Political Action Committee (PAC) and was the Director of Organization of the CIO until its merger with the AFL in December, 1955. At that time Mr. Garst was appointed Regional Director for Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, a position which he still holds. In addition to his many union activities, Mr. Garst has been actively associated with many civic committees and functions. In 1956 he became treasurer of the Public Works Advisory Committee for the St. Louis County Bond Program and served with the Committee until 1967.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 3-9) and Series 3 (Boxes 10-12). Folders in Series 1 are arranged chronologically, and folders in Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Delmond Garst were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in December of 1970 and in June of 1971 by Mr. Garst. They were opened for research in June of 1972.


Approximately 20 photographs relating to UAW-CIO conventions and other union activities have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June, 1972.
Guide to the Delmond Garst Papers.
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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