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Edward Sadlowski Papers

Identifier: LP000754

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection primarily concern the 1973 campaigns and election, the investigations and litigations which followed, and the 1974 campaigns and election.

Series 1: Campaign Materials, 1973 and 1974 Elections. Contains notices of appearances, campaign literature, press releases of Edward Sadlowski and Samuel C. Evett, petitions, endorsements, and correspondence involving the 1973 and 1974 USWA elections for District 31 Director.

Series 2: Election Protests, Investigation and Litigation Materials. These protests, correspondence, statements, interviews, motions applications, and depositions are from USWA locals in District 31, USWA International, The United States Department of Labor, and The Peter J. Brennan, Secretary of Labor v. United Steelworkers of America case.

Series 3: Copies of newspaper clippings about the 1973 and 1974 USWA District 31 elections, the election investigations, labor figures and issues, and other miscellaneous topics, political campaign literature, programs, newsletters and other materials of interest during the 1970's.

Series 4: Published materials concerning the conduct of Union elections.


  • 1964 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 1974



Collection is open for research.


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Edward Eugene Sadlowski was born in 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. He left school in the eleventh grade and, after serving in the U.S. Army, became a steelworker at age 18 inl956. He then became a member of the United Steelworkers of America. Sadlowski was elected shop steward of his plant in 1960 and grievance representative in 1962. The following year he was elected president of Local 65, the youngest person in the union to hold that office. In 1967 he was re-elected to that position. In 1973, Sadlowski was a candidate for the position of director of District 31, the largest USWA district. His opponent, Samuel C. Evett, won the February 13, 1973, election. Violations were discovered, however, and the election was protested. An investigation by the United States Department of Labor and a federal court fight involving the election followed. Evett agreed to a new election in July of 1974. This election was held November 12 through November 15, 1974. Sadlowski won.


4 Linear Feet (6 MB, 1 OS)

Language of Materials



A member of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), Edward Sadlowski served as president of Local 65 and as USWA District 31 Director. Mr. Sadlowski’s election as director of District 31 came as a result of a re-election following an investigation regarding violations in the initial election, which Sadlowski had lost to his opponent, Samuel C. Evett. Mr. Sadlowski’s papers primarily concern the events of the District 31 election, documenting the campaigns, investigations, and media coverage of the election.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 2-4), Series 3 (Boxes 5-6), and Series 4 (Boxes 6-7). Folders in Series 1 are arranged chronologically and folders in Series 2 and 4 alphabetically.


The papers of Edward Sadlowski were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in March 1976.

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