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UAW Secretary Treasurer's Office: George Addes Records

Identifier: LR000052_Addes

Scope and Content

Part 1: Series 1: Executive Board Papers, 1936-1945 Series 2: Form Letters, 1939-1944 Series 3: I, Form Letters, 1941-1944 Series 4: Local Unions, 1939-1947 Series 5: Appeal Cases, 1942-1953 Series 6: Key Plant Survey Files, 1946-1948 Series 7: General Files, 1939-1945
Part 2: Series 1: Financial Records, 1939-1942 Series 2: Appeal Cases, 1942-1953 Series 3: I, General Files, 1944-1946.


  • 1936 - 1947


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Researcher must indicate part # on call slip.
Collection open for research.


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George Addes's involvement with the labor movement began with the 1933 Briggs strike in which he helped to mobilize pickets. He later lost his jobs at the Gulf Refining Co. and the Rotary Steel Co. as the result of his union activities. He was also active in the Unemployed Citizens' League helping to obtain food for the jobless during the Depression. After having been discharged from the Briggs Manufacturing Co. in 1936 for organizing he became an International Representative for the newly formed UAW. In 1937 he led the sit-down strike at the Briggs Meldrum plant and was elected to the presidency of the Briggs UAW Local 212. He held that office until 1941. Mazey played a leading role in organizing the Ford Rouge plant in 1941 and directed wage negotiations with Ford plants nationwide obtaining the highest wage level in the automobile industry. He regained the presidency of Local 212 in 1943 and served until 1944 when he entered the service. During his presidency he gained a reputation for militancy, and led in the effort to obtain full employment equality and acceptance for black workers. He served in the Phillipines and was a writer for an army newspaper, theTagalog Times and was publicity director for Golden Gate College, an army school. At the end of the war he wrote newspaper stories critical of wasteful demobilization procedures and organized protest rallies. The attention these protests drew led to his being elected to the International.


65.5 Linear Feet (131 MB, 2 OS)


Correspondence, reports, UAW International Executive Board minutes, and other office files of Mr. Addes, who served as the UAW's International secretary-treasurer from 1936 to 1947. The papers pertain to organizing, factionalism within the UAW, early UAW strikes, UAW Local Union financial statements, and cases appealed by members of the UAW to the union's International Executive Board.


Part 1: Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-25), Series 2 (Boxes 26-33), Series 3 (Boxes 34-38), Series 4 (Boxes 39-69), Series 5 (Boxes 70-79), Series 6 (Boxes 80-81), Series 7 (Boxes 82-103). Most folders are arranged chronologically, but where appropriate they are alphabetical.

In addition, Series 4 is arranged numerically by local.
Part 2: Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-6), Series 2 (Boxes 7-9), Series 3 (Boxes 10-15). Folders are arranged chronolgically in Series 1, numerically by local in Series 2 and alphabetically by subject in Series 3.


Part 1: The papers of George F. Addes were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1963.
Part 2: The papers of George F. Addes were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1967.

Related Materials

Part 1 and part 2: UAW President's Office: Walter P. Reuther Records; UAW Secretary Treasurer's Office: Emil Mazey Records

Processing History

Part 1 was processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1964.
Part 2 was processed and written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1968.
Guide to the UAW Secretary Treasurer's Office: George Addes Records
Part 1 was processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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