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Charles Gentile Papers

Identifier: LP000440

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection include documents relating to the factionalism within the F.A.E.C.T. which led to the D.S.E's disaffil-iation plus subsequent contract and wage negotiations of Local 212 with the Briggs Manufacturing Company.


  • 1934 - 1966


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.


Charles Gentile began work at the Briggs Manufacturing Company in 1931 and joined the Society of Designing Engineers (S.D.E.) in 1932. In later years he held numerous union posts in UAW Local 212, the S.D.E. in the Briggs Manufacturing Company. He served on the Executive Board of Local 212, for several terms, and was a member of the Finance Committee for six years, and for twelve years was an elected trustee of Local 212. Mr. Gentile retired in 1970. The papers of Mr. Gentile relate primarily to the S.D.E. which was Detroit Chapter 201 of the International Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians, (F.A.E.C.T.) from 1938 to 1943 when it disaffiliated with the F.A.E.C.T. and became affiliated with UAW-CIO as Local 212 Briggs Manufacturing Company.


.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)


As a member of the Society of Designing Engineers (SDE), Charles Gentile held various posts in United Auto Workers Local 212. Mr. Gentile’s papers relate primarily to the SDE as Detroit Chapter 201 of the International Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians (FAECT), and the SDE’s disaffiliation with the FAECT and subsequent affiliation with the UAW as Local 212.


Folders arranged alphabetically in 1 box.


The papers of Charles Gentile were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1970 by Mr. Gentile and were opened for research in March of 1985.


Approximately fifteen scattered issues of local union newspapers plus some half-dozen pamphlets relating to the Detroit Council, Society of Designing Engineers received with this collection have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March, 1985.
Guide to the Charles Gentile Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA