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Eugene Shafarman Papers

Identifier: LP001100

Scope and Content

The papers of Dr. Eugene Shafarman reflect his work with the Anti-TB Program, his disputes with the Detroit Department of Health and the Dies Committee, and, to a lesser degree, his involvement with the UAW. The published materials collected by Dr. Shafarman reflect his political interests.

Important subjects covered in this collection are: Detroit Anti-TB Program Dies Committee Industrial Disease

Among the important correspondence are: Frankenstein, Grace Goodman, Ernest Vaughan, Henry F.

Series Description: Series I, Medical Practice, 1936-1955: Correspondence, Detroit Anti-Tuberculosis participation forms, tuberculosis case-finding materials, and other items relating to the Anti-TB Program and industrial diseases.

Series II, House Un-American Activities (Dies) Committee Investigation, 1938-1978: Affidavits, correspondence, clippings, defense materials such as patient invoices and examination inventories, and materials relating to the arrest and investigations, and Dr. Shafarman's FBI file.

Series III, Political Literature, 1933-1967: Collected pamphlets, articles, and other publications relating to industrial hygiene and political injustice.


  • 1935 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1936 - 1940


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.


Eugene Shafarman was a physician who started his practice during the early 1930's in Detroit at 5320 John R. In 1936 Dr. Shafarman became involved in the city's Anti-Tuberculosis Program, an effort to curtail that disease. In 1938 Dr. Shafarman was accused by the House Un-American Activities (Dies) Committee of recruiting men for the Spanish Loyalist Army. Immediately after, he was dismissed from the list of physicians participating in the Anti-TB Program by Mayor Reading and Henry F. Vaughan commissioner of the Detroit Department of Health. Dr. Shafarman was arrested in 1940 for violating the foreign recruitment law, but later charges were dropped. In 1955 he was called before another House Un-American Activities Committee. In addition to his work with the Anti-TB Program, Dr. Shafarman was a member of the Medical Bureau to Aid Spain and a supporter of organized labor. As such he was actively involved with the Medical Research Institute of the UAW.


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Dr. Eugene Shafarman was a Detroit physician and organized labor supporter who was repeatedly accused of un-American activities. His papers reflect his work with the Anti-TB Program, his disputes with the Detroit Department of Health and the U.S. House of Representatives Dies Committee, and to a lesser extent his involvement with the Medical Research Institute of the United Auto Workers.


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


The collection of papers and published materials of Eugene Shafarman was placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in September of 1982 and was opened for research in July, 1985.


Radical publications and transcripts of the 1938 House Un-American Activities Committee hearings have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in July, 1985.
Guide to the Eugene Shafarman 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

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA