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David Y. Klein Papers

Identifier: LP000873

Scope and Content

Series Description: Series 1: American Civil Liberties Union and Civil Rights Briefs, clippings, correspondence, legal notes, and minutes concerning the American Civil Liberties Union and civil rights cases, one in Detroit in 1964 and three in the South in 1962-1964. These cases also involve the National Lawyers Guild.

Series 2: Labor Related Activities Copies of awards, briefs, correspondence, notes on arbitration cases and workmen's compensation briefs. The cases involve Harry Platt as umpire and for the most part are from 1960 to 1965.

Series 3: Law Related Activities Correspondence, minutes, notes and related material dealing with the National Lawyers Guild, the Committee to Assist Southern Lawyers and the Mississippi Project of the National Lawyers Guild as well as general law correspondence, briefs, and legal materials.


  • 1960 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1965


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.


David Klein was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 17, 1933. After an education in the Detroit public schools, Mr. Klein attended Albion College where he received a degree in Political Science in 1955. He attended the University of Chicago Law school and received his J.D. in 1958. He did post-graduate work at the University of Grenoble, France, in French commercial law.

Mr. Klein began his labor related activities in 1959 with National Labor Relations Board cases. He became Executive Director for the United Auto Workers Public Review Board in 1960, a post he still holds. Mr. Klein is also active in the work of the American Civil Liberties Union serving as Presidient of the Detroit chapter in 1965. He is also active in the National Lawyers Guild, having served as both a local and national officer in that body. His work with both groups involved him in law work in civil rights cases, locally and in the South in the early 1960's.

Mr. Klein is senior partner in the law firm of Klein, Bloom, and Gale, Southfield, Michigan.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 MB)


David Klein served as Executive Director for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Public Review Board, as President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Detroit Chapter and as an officer in the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Klein’s papers reflect his work with labor issues and the civil rights movement, documenting his work with the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild and as a labor arbitrator.


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


The papers of David Y. Klein were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in March of 1979 by Mr. Klein. They were opened for research in February of 1982.


Approximately one-half linear foot of pamplets has been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on February, 1982-02.
Guide to the David Y. Klein Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA