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Ernest Mazey Papers

Identifier: LP000639

Scope and Content

Part 1: The papers of Mr. Mazey reflect his involvement in U.A.W. organizing and his interest in social and political problems generally, as well as his concern with peace and civil liberties issues.

Series 1: U.A.W. Local 212, 1942-1960 Correspondence, clippings, and other material relating to the business of Local 212. Much of it is concerned with political factionalism inside the local.

Series 2: U.A.W. Internal Politics, 1944-1960 Clippings, leaflets, and other material concerned with UAW internal politics.

Series 3: Cherry Rivet Campaign, 1950-1952 Files concerned with the attempt to organize the Cherry Rivet Company in Los Angeles. Legal briefs and material concerned with NLRB hearings are well represented in the series.

Series 4: Peace, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, 1950s - 1962 Clippings, pamphlets, and other material concerned with the issues of peace, civil rights, and civil liberties. Civil liberties cases during the 1950s are particularly well documented as are Detroit and Michigan reaction to the Cuban revolution.

Series 5: Detroit Labor Forum, 1956-1962 Correspondence and other material relating to the work of the Detroit Labor Forum. Some files discuss the socialist movement in the 1950s.

Series 6: Trucks Act, 1953-1962 Correspondence and other material relating to the Committee Against the Trucks Act. There are some legal documents in the files.


  • 1942 - 1979

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Ernest Mazey was born in Detroit on August 29, 1919 of Hungarian immigrant parents. His formal education ended after his graduation from Cass Technical High School. Mr. Mazey developed an early interest in socialism, joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1938, and remained an active member until 1953 when he and a group of dissenting members formed the American Socialist Union, which disbanded a few years later. At age nineteen Mr. Mazey became president of Local 110 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. He organized the Detroit Receiving Hospital employees into Local 110 and negotiated the first labor contract for hospital employees in Michigan. In 1943 he got a job at the Huck Manufacturing plant in Detroit and helped organize the employees into U.A.W. Local 212. He became chairman of the shop committee at Huck and served on the executive board of Local 212. Mr. Mazey was a delegate to a number of U.A.W. and C.I.O. county and state conventions. In 1952 Mr. Mazey served as executive secretary of the Michigan Committee against the Trucks Act. From 1956 to 1962 Mr. Mazey served as executive secretary of the Detroit Labor Forum, an organization that sponsored discussions of a wide range of social and political issues. In 1954 he became a member of the executive board of the Detroit chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He obtained a leave of absence from the Huck Company and took over the full time job of executive director of the state A.C.L.U. chapter in 1961. Mr. Mazey continued his work as executive director until 1974. After his retirement he traveled abroad, living for extended periods in Ireland and Yugoslavia. In 1976 he returned to the United States and helped direct the campaign of Ed Sadlowski for president of the United Steel Workers Union. Mr. Mazey died in Hawaii on March 18, 1979.


11 Linear Feet (9 MB, 2 OS)


An early socialist and officer in AFSCME, Ernest Mazey helped organize UAW members in Detroit. He later became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union, serving as executive director of the Michigan state chapter for thirteen years. His papers reflect his involvement in UAW organizing and his interest in social and political problems, as well as his concern with peace and civil liberties issues.


Part 1: Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 2), Series 3 (Boxes 2-4), Series 4 (Boxes 4-6), Series 5 (Boxes 6-7), and Series 6 (Box 8 and oversize box). Folders are arranged by material type and topic.
Part 2: Arranged in 5 series - Series 1 (Boxes 9-10), Series 2 (Boxes 11-17), Series 3 (Box 18), Series 4 (Boxes 19), and Series 5 (Box 20). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Ernest Mazey were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March of 1974 by Ernest Mazey and were opened for research in June of 1979. Additional papers were placed in the Archives in 1979 and opened for research in 1980.


Part 2: Numerous UAW newspapers and some pamphlets concerned with labor, peace, and socialism have been placed in the Archives library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June, 1979.
Guide to the Ernest Mazey Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA