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Sam Fantozy Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: E-F, Box 5, Folder: 4-6
Identifier: LP000504
The papers of Mr. Fantozy consist primarily of a typed manuscript written by him titled "Labor Union Justice" which sets forth Mr. Fantozy's concern with what he deemed to be undemocratic and irregular procedures within Local 157 during the years 1941 to 1945. During this time Mr. Fantozy entered a series of charges and suits against the union's officials whom he believed disregarded due process and legal procedures in conducting the affairs of the local. In addition to the manuscript, the papers include correspondence regarding these matters with UAW officials including R. J. Thomas, George Addes, Walter Reuther, and Douglas Fraser.


  • 1941 - 1958


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.


.75 Linear Feet (3 folders)


As a member of United Auto Workers Local 157, Sam Fantozy served on the bargaining committee, the Executive Board, and as a shop steward for the Commonwealth Brass unit of Local 157. Mr. Fantozy’s papers reflect his concerns with corruption within the union.


Sam Fantozy immigrated to the .United States from Italy at the turn of the century. He had been a member of the AF of L for fifteen years when he joined UAW Local 157 as a toolmaker at Commonwealth Brass in Detroit in 1937. He held a number of offices in the local and served as a member of the bargaining committee, the Executive Board, and as a shop steward for the Commonwealth Brass unit of Local 157. He resigned these posts in 1941 to protest practices within the local.


Materials arranged in 1 folder.


The papers of Sam Fantozy were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in November of 1971 by Mr. Guy Palazzola, the son-in-law of Mr. Fantozy, and were opened for research in February of 1984.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February, 1984.
Guide to the Sam Fantozy Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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