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D. Rick Martin Papers

Identifier: UP002642

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, biographical materials, court cases, news clippings, photographs, flyers, and reports; which reflect D. Rick Martin's career as a lawyer and his work with the UAW Local 600.


  • 1974 - 2015


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.


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Dewey Ricardo Martin was born in Detroit on March 22, 1952. He graduated from Detroit MacKenzie High School in 1970; and in that same year began working in the Ford Rouge Coke Oven and Blast Furnace Plant. Here he joined the UAW Local 600 and it wasn’t long before he won his first union office at age 20 when he was elected District Committeeman. In 1974 he was elected Bargaining Committeeman and in 1975 he continued moving up by winning the election for President. He went on to complete three consecutive terms as President of UAW Local 600 as well as being an elected delegate to four UAW Constitutional Conventions. During his time as President, Martin won the first 25-and-Out retirement plan for Coke Oven workers in the country.

In 1983 Martin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University. Turning his attentions towards law, he attended the University of Michigan Law School from 1985 to 1988. Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1989 he went on to run a successful law practice where he was involved with several high profile cases in Michigan.


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.


These records were placed in the Walter P. Reuther Library in May 2015 by D. Rick Martin.

Related Materials

For related collections please refer to the Walter P. Reuther's UAW Local 600 Records, African Americans in the UAW, and collections featuring Detroit lawyers.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Nicholson on February 27, 2018.
Guide to the D. Rick Martin Papers.
Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA