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John Panzner Papers

Identifier: LP000009

Scope and Content

Contents: Box 1: Articles by Panzner Personal Newspaper Clippings Correspondence (2 folders) "My Land of Liberty" Chrysler Corporation - John Panzner, May 22, 1934 What Henry Ford is Doing We Never Called Him Henry "Purchasing Power for Prosperity" "J8", A Chronicle of the Neglected Truth About Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Co. "Henry Ford on Capital Punishment" UAW, Miscellaneous Materials Minutes of Meetings between the UAW and Chevrolet Experimental, Local 235, October 15, 1937 - December 8, 1937 January 5, 1938 - April 6, 1938 Retired Workers, UAW "An Appeal to the Nation's Courage" - Panzner's Case in 1922

Box 2: Pamphlets on European Labor and Social Reform Social Reform - U.S. (2 folders) Unions - General, Booklets, Magazines and Reports


  • 1922 - 1938


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.


Born in Detroit in 1883 where his immigrant father belonged to the Amalgamated Wood Workers, John Panzner began his union career in the west, where he worked with the IWW in organizing mine and agricultural workers. He served a term at Leavenworth for his union activities. Returning to Detroit he was one of the early organizers in the auto industry. Since the late 1950's, Mr. Panzner has been active in organizing retired workers.


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Mr. Panzner began his labor career with the IWW in the far west, organizing mine and agricultural workers. For his work with the IWW, he was sentenced to Leavenworth Federal Prison. After his release, he returned to Detroit and was active in the early development of the UAW. Among his papers are materials on labor relations at Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company and some pamphlets on social reform, including a description of the case which resulted in his imprisonment.


The papers are in two containers arranged by subjects but in no particular order.


John Panzner gave his personal papers to the Labor History Archives between September-October, 1961 and October, 1963.

Related Materials

Industrial Workers of the World Records.


Printed materials pertaining specifically to the IWW have been transferred to the IWW Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written Carol Taylor on June 28, 1965.
Guide to the John Panzner Papers
Processed by Carol Taylor.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA