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Joseph Chrapkiewicz Papers

Identifier: LP000607

Scope and Content

Local 78 bargaining committee. Part of files were inherited from Maurice Terpenning, whom Mr. Chrapkiewicz succeeded on the bargaining committee.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Working conditions Grievance procedures Seniority rights Working conditions of women

Series Description: Series I: Bargaining committee agenda and union meeting minutes of United Automobile Workers, West Side Local 174, Kelsey-Hayes.

Series II: Bargaining committee agenda, executive board meeting minutes, and other union committee minutes of United Automobile Workers Local 78, Kelsey-Hayes.

Series III: General files, United Automobile Workers Local 78, Kelsey-Hayes.


  • 1946 - 1962


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.


Joseph Chrapkiewicz was born on September 12, 1927, and has been active in the labor movement since 1947, when he was elected Chief Steward in the United Automobile Workers Local 78, Kelsey-Hayes, Detroit. Since that time he has held various offices in the local, including membership on the bargaining committee, recreation com-mittee and the executive board. Currently, 1974, he holds the position of Recording Secretary and Editor of the Local 78 newspaper, the Union Picket.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Joseph Chrapkiewicz began his union career in 1947 as Chief Steward in the United Automobile Workers Local 78, Kelsey-Hayes, Detroit, after which he held various offices in the local. In the 1970s he also edited the local's newspaper, Union Picket.

Chrapkiewicz's papers pertain to his tenure (and his predecessor, Maurice Terpenning's) on the West Side Local 174 & Local 78 Bargaining Committee, as well as various other committees he served on.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Boxes 1-3) and Series 3 (Box 3). Folders are arranged chronologically in Series 1 and 2 and alphabetically in Series 3.


The papers of Joseph Chrapkiewicz were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in August of 1973 by Mr. Joseph Chrapkiewicz.


Some copies of the Union Picket; pamphlets concerned with on-the-job safety and copies of the plant guards' newspaper have been placed in the Archives' Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1973.
Guide to the Joseph Chrapkiewicz Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA