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Bernard G. Hoffman Papers

Identifier: LP000445
The papers of Mr. Hoffman contain the minutes of these apprentice-ship 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 corres-pondence, mainly dealing with apprentice programs and standards. Also included are some clippings, published contracts and apprentice standards.

Series II, Box 4 Diaries Diaries of Mr. Hoffman.


  • 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.


2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


Mr. Hoffman served as union steward at the Briggs Manufacturing Company and Chrysler Corporation in the 1940's and 1950's. 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 collection comprises minutes, pamphlets, newsletters, agreements, and personal notes relating to his union activities. Of particular value are Mr. Hoffman's daily notes on plant activities written during his years at Briggs and Chrysler.


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 Ap-prenticeship Committee and the Joint Apprenticeship Committee once Briggs became the Automotive Body Division of Chrysler's in 1954. He served as the committee's secretary and as chairman of the union mem-bers. Mr. Hoffman was the delegate to numerous UAW, Engineers, Skilled Trades and Chrysler conferences and conventions.


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


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


ne 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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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA