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Philip D. Porter Papers

Identifier: LP000875
The papers of Mr. Porter primarily deal with the concern of the UAW with unemployment compensation, especially in the state of Michigan and reflect Mr. Porter's responsibilities as both legislative representative of the UAW and his services as Assistant National Director of the UAW's Unemployment Compensation Department in the early 1940's. The papers also include legal documents relating to Mr. Porter's claim against the Fisher Body Corporation before the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1941-1942.

Contents: 1. Address correspondence, 1939-1940, 1942-1944, 1947 2. Labor conference programs, Feb 1942, Nov-Dec 1943 3. Memoranda, reports, 1942, 1944 4. Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission, hearings, Nov 1941-Jan 1942 5. Pamphlets, 1942 6. Union election campaign announcements, [1944-1945]


  • 1939 - 1947


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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An early member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 15, (Fleetwood Fisher Body Plant), Philip Porter served as a legislative representative for the UAW in Washington DC and Lansing, and as Assistant Director of the UAW Unemployment Compensation Department. Mr. Porter’s papers reflect his work with the UAW, particularly regarding issues of unemployment compensation.


Philip D. Porter was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 13, 1906. He was an early member of the UAW-CIO Local 15, Fleetwood Fisher Body plant, became an organizer for the UAW, and later became a legislative representative for the UAW in Washington, D.C. and Lansing, Michigan and Assistant National Director of the UAW Unemployment Compensation Department. Mr. Porter later became owner of the AAA Bike Shop and was a past president and chairman of the Executive Board of the Michigan Bicycle Dealers Association. He died February 8, 1978.


Folders are arranged chronologically.


The papers of Philip D. Porter were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in February of 1978 by his son, Philip Don Porter and were opened for research in April of 1986.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April, 1986.
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