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Kenneth Forbes Papers

Identifier: LP000801

Scope and Content

This collection primarily contains information regarding UAW's relationship with General Motors and other automotive businesses. Kenneth Forbes involvement with UAW as well as his political views and involvement in the Democratic party are also covered. The materials in the collection include articles and other publications, contracts, correspondence, newspapers, newsletters, reports, arbitration documents, and photographs dating from 1927 to 1973.


  • 1927 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1971


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.


Kenneth Forbes was born c. 1906. He eventually came to work at the Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant. In 1937, Forbes became involved with the UAW. He was elected president of the UAW Local 455 in 1938 and held the position for a number of years. Forbes also held the office of UAW-GM Department international representative as well as Region 1D Director. In addition to his work with UAW, Forbes was an active Democrat and ran for a position in the House of Representatives in 1954.


5.5 Linear Feet (5 SB, 1 MB) : 4 oversize photographs that arrived tightly rolled


This collection consists of the papers of Kenneth Forbes, a UAW leader in the Saginaw area. Forbes held different offices in the union including the President of Local 455 and was also active politically. His collection covers his active years in the union and his retirement and gives a glimpse into the life of the politics and challenges of an elected official in the UAW.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


This collection was deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library by Mrs. Kenneth Forbes in 1976.

Related Materials

Amalgamated Press Henry Fries Papers UAW-GM Umpire Decisions UAW-Ford Umpire Decisions

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Danielle Golling on November 13, 2017.
Guide to the Kenneth Forbes Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA