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Floyd Hoke-Miller Papers

Identifier: LP000903

Scope and Content

Mr. Hoke-Miller's papers consist mostly of poems and articles, especially a column entitled "A Laborer Looks at Life",which were published in the Flint area CIO Auto Worker (1939-1941), and later in Local 659's Search-light (1942- ). He also wrote regularly for the IWW Industrial Worker. Throughout his writings he also used such names as: Vickey Van and F.E. Lloyd, and all his works reflect his belief in One Big Union, his pacifism and his enthusiasm for the tenets of the IWW.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: IWW philosopy One Big Union (OBU) Pacifism Reuther, Walter

Series Description: Series I, Poems and Articles, 1939-1976: Original and published materials by Floyd Hoke-Miller, written mainly for the Flint CIO Auto Worker, the Industrial worker and Searchlight.

Series II, Other Materials, 1946-1977: Newspaper clippings and one short biographical sheet.


  • 1939 - 1977


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.


Floyd Hoke-Miller was born in Fort Mayberry, Arkansas, around the turn of the century. He attended high school, and by 1939 was a worker at the Chevrolet plant in Flint. Mr. Hoke-Miller was a member of the UAW Local 659, was active in the CIO until about 1948, and was a dedicated advocate of the IWW philosophy. As of 1979 he was a resident of Flint, Michigan.


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A member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 659, Floyd Hoke-Miller wrote for the Local 659 publication, Searchlight, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) publication, Industrial Worker, and the Council of Industrial Organization (CIO) publication, Auto Worker. Mr. Hoke-Miller’s papers include poems and published articles.


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


The papers of Floyd Hoke-Miller were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January 1979 by Mr. Hoke-Miller, and were opened for research in August of 1983.


Approximately 35 complete issues of the Flint CIO area Auto Worker, 1939-1940; 8 issues of Searchlight, published by LAW Local 659, 1947, 1969, 1975-1977; 2 issues of the Detroit Auto worker, 1940; and a 1946 IWW constitution and set of by-laws have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1983.
Guide to the Floyd Hoke-Miller 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

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Detroit MI 48202 USA