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Harry E. Lester Papers

 Collection — Box: Small Processed Collections: La-Le, Box 9, Folder: 16
Identifier: LP001035

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Lester consist of flyers and announcements relating to his campaign for the position of Director of District 29 of the United Steel Workers of America conducted in the fall of 1980 and the spring of 1981.

Contents: Announcements, flyers, programs, 1980-1981.


  • 1980 - 1981


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.


Harry E. Lester was born in Bud, West Virginia on August 21, 1929. He graduated with honors from Herndon High School, Wyoming County, West Virginia and subsquently graduated from Wyoming County Trade School. He began his union activities as a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Firemen and Engineers in West Virginia in the late 'forties and early 'fifties. He joined the United Steel Workers of America in 1954 and was elected President of Local 2659, McLouth Steel Co., Michigan in 1962. He served as President of Local 2659 for three terms prior to his being selected to serve on the International Staff of District 29 of the steel workers union. In addition to his work with the steel workers union, Mr. Lester was active in the field of labor education and served on numerous advisory committees of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Toledo.


.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)


An active union member and labor education advocate, Harry Lester was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Firemen and Engineers, served as president of United Steel Workers (USW) Local 2659 and on the International Staff of USW District 29. Mr. Lester’s papers document his campaign for the position of USW District 29 Director.


Material arranged in 1 folder.


The papers of Harry E. Lester were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban affairs in March of 1981 by Mr. Lester and were opened for research in April of 1985.


Campaign memorabilia consisting of one bumper sticker, a badge, and match-covers have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April, 1985.
Guide to the Harry E. Lester 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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