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Bernard G. Hoffman Papers

Identifier: LP000445

Scope and Content

The papers of Hoffman contain the minutes of the Joint Apprenticeship Committees and reflect the apprenticeship program.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Apprentice, Journeymen, Upgraders positions. Historical material on the Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists and Technicians and the Society of Designing Engineers. International Skilled Trades Council Minutes Joint Apprenticeship Committee Program.

Series Description: Series I, General File. Minutes interspersed with a small amount of inter-company correspondence, mainly dealing with apprentice programs and standards. Also included are some clippings, published contracts and apprentice standards.

Series II, Box 4-Diaries. Diaries of Hoffman dating from the 1940s to 1960s.


  • 1940 - 1968


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.


Bernard Hoffman was employed at the Briggs Manufacturing Company and was elected steward of Die Design in 1940, continuing through 1967. During these years he also served as a member of the Briggs Joint Apprenticeship Committee and of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee once Briggs became the Automotive Body Division of the Chrysler Corporation in 1954. He served as the committee's secretary and as chairman of the union members. Hoffman was a delegate to numerous UAW, Engineers, Skilled Trades and Chrysler conferences and conventions.


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Bernard G. Hoffman served as union steward at the Briggs Manufacturing Company and Chrysler Corporation in the 1940s and 1950s. He also served as secretary of the Briggs Joint Apprenticeship Committee and secretary-treasurer of the National Skilled Trades Council, UAW-CIO. The bulk of the papers are minutes, pamphlets, newsletters, agreements and personal notes relating to Hoffman's union activities. Of particular value are his daily notes on plant activities written during his years at Briggs and Chrysler.


Arranged in 2 series: Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Box 4). Folders are arranged by subject.


The papers of Bernard Hoffman were placed in the Reuther Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1971 by Hoffman and were opened for research in June 1974.


One photograph and one delegate button have been placed in the Archives Photographic Collection. A small collection of pamphlets have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1974.
Guide to the Bernard G. Hoffman Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA