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William Dufty Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: D, Box 4, Folder: 5-8
Identifier: LP000388

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Dufty consist of clippings, correspondence, and several radio scripts reflecting his participation in the efforts to organize the Ford Motor Company and the aircraft industry.


  • 1940 - 1947


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.


In 1939 Dufty worked on a freelance basis for Edward Levinson, Publicity Director of the UAW-CIO and did public relations work for George Edwards then director of the WPA Welfare Department of the UAW. Dufty subsequently engaged in educational and public relations work for Charles F. Edgecomb, president of Local 203. He then became a full time assistant to Levinson. In 1941 he was named Public Relations Director of the CIO drive to organize the aircraft industry under the direction of Richard T. Frankensteen.

In 1942 Dufty took the post of Public Relations Director of the National CIO War Relief Committee organized under the direction of Monroe W. Sweetland. After army service between 1942 and 1945 he acted as Public Relations Director for the Michigan CIO Council under August Scholle, and he edited the Council's weekly newspaper. Leaving the CIO in 1947 he assumed the post of Co-Director of Public Relations for the Americans for Democratic Action. He resigned from the ADA in 1948 to devote full time to freelance assignments.


1 Linear Feet (4 folders)


During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Mr. Dufty served in various public relations positions with the UAW. He was public relations director for the UAW's drive to organize the aircraft industry; most of the correspondence and clippings in the collection concern this phase of his career.


Materials are arranged in four folders.


The papers of William Dufty were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1970 by Mr. Dufty and were opened for research in October of 1983.


Ten photographs relating to Dufty's work with the UAW Aircraft Division have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October, 1983.
Guide to the William Dufty Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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