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Society of Engineering Office Workers Records

Identifier: LR000997

Scope and Content

This collection contains 3 series.

Series 1: Department Files, 1954-1979 The Departmental Files contains materials pertaining to the history and the inner-workings of the SEOW, including program flyers, correspondence, constitution drafts, meeting minutes, and contract negotiations.

Series 2: Membership Files, 1971-1976 The Membership Files deal heavily with membership information, particularly dues and membership meeting agendas.

Series 3: Newsletters, 1968-1980 The Newsletters contain a variety of newletters pertaining to the SEOW, spanning over nearly a decade.


  • 1954-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1969-1979


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.


The Society of Engineering Office Workers began in Westland, Michigan on February 4, 1969. There are a handful of materials within the collection that are dated earlier, likely due to the research in both the building of the union and the strengthening of their goals. A number of Presidents are mentioned throughout the collection, including Edmund Kotula, Joseph Pazzanese, and Paul Zatyko (this collection's donor). SEOW represented the automotive industry's design engineers during a time of turbulence in the country. While the union lasted nearly three decades, the SEOW eventually went defunct and remains a part of the history of union movements within both the state of Michigan and the United States as a whole.


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The Society of Engineering Office Workers (SEOW), was an organized union surrounding the engineering office workers of the automotive industry. While the organization is no longer operating, its history and relationship with Michigan and the automotive industry still lingers in current union groups.


The collection is arranged into 3 series. Series 1 (Boxes 1-3, 7), Series 2 (Boxes 3-5), and Series 3 (Boxes 6-7). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are semi-arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


Materials were deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Paul Zatyko in 1982, and again in 1998.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mark Prindiville on November 14, 2017.
Guide to the Society of Engineering Office Workers Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA