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William Palmer Papers

Identifier: UP000693

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Palmer reflect his work as a member of the State Legislature.

Series 1: Correspondence for 1933 Correspondence, clippings, and other materials related to Mr. Palmer's work in the State Senate.

Series 2: Correspondence for 1934 Correspondence and clippings related to legislative and political matters.

Series 3: Correspondence for 1935 Correspondence and clippings related to legislative and political matters.

Series 4: Correspondence for 1936 Correspondence explaining Mr. Palmer's Affairs during the legislative recess.

Series 5: Correspondence for 1937 Correspondence dealing with legislative and political matters. Files also deal with Flint labor problems.

Series 6: Correspondence after 1937 Personal correspondence of Mr. Palmer related to private Affairs and the War Production Board.


  • 1932 - 1941
  • Majority of material found within 1933 - 1937



Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


William Palmer was born in Sycamore, Illinois on January 6, 1907. His family moved to Flint, Michigan the next year. Mr. Palmer graduated from Flint Central High School and attended Flint Junior College, Trinity College in Toronto, Northwestern University, and Carnegie Institute. Prior to entering politics Mr. Palmer held various jobs. He worked two years as a production clerk for E.I. DuPont, Inc. of Flint. He was also employed by the Felt and Taunt Company of Chicago, and worked as a theatre manager in Wilkins burgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Palmer enjoyed a long association with the Flint Public Library and in 1932 listed his occupation as librarian. In November, 1932, Mr. Palmer was elected State Senator, representing Michigan's Thirteenth District. He was subsequently re-elected in 1934 and 1936. Mr. Palmer served on the Conservation, Judiciary, Education, Taxation, Insurance and Transportation Committees. In 1934 he was named Secretary of the Genesee County Democratic Party. During the 1936 legislative recess he traveled to the Far East and upon his return worked at the Flint Fisher Body Plant. Mr. Palmer was elected President Pro Tem of the Senate in 1937, and resigned from the Senate on November 15, 1937.


7 Linear Feet (15 MB)

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William Palmer was active in Michigan politics, serving three consecutive terms as a state senator of the thirteenth district. His papers reflect his time in office.


Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-5), Series 3 (Boxes 5-8), Series 4 (Box 8), Series 5 (Boxes 8-15), and Series 6 (Box 15). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of William Palmer were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in November of 1975 by Mr. William Palmer and were opened for research in June, 1976.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June, 1976.
Guide to the William Palmer Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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