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Emil Mazey Papers

Identifier: LP001149

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr, Mazey reflect his work within Local 212 and the UAW as a whole. His papers provide much background on his personal life and his opinions on the world around him.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Disaffiliation from AFL/CIO, 1966-1969 National Labor Leadership Assembly for Peace Reaffiliation Attempts, 1976-1977 UAW Factional Dispute, 1939 World War II Demobilization, 1946

Among the important correspondents are: Homer Martin George Meany Walter Reuther

Series Descriptions: Series I, Personal Files, 1940-1981: Speeches, clippings, awards, and other materials relating to the life of Emil Mazey. This series contains information describing Mazey's achievements throughout his life and most specifically his efforts towards demobilization after World War II. Series II, Local 212 Files, 1933-1975: Clippings, agreements, election results and other materials relating to Emil Mazey's term as President of Local 212. Organizing attempts by Local 212 is also included.

Series III, UAW Files, 1937-1980: Subseries A: UAW Disaffiliation from AFL/CIO, 1966-1976: Clippings, meeting minutes and correspondence pertaining to the UAW decision to disaffiliate itself from the AFL/CIO.

Subseries B: UAW Reaffiliation Issue, 1976: Clippings, meeting minutes and correspondence relating to the issue of reaffiliation with the AFL/CIO.

Subseries C: General UAW Material, 1937-1943, 1963: Two oversize boxes containing clippings and a scrapbook covering a tribute to Emil Mazey in 1963.


  • 1933 - 1981

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.


Emil Mazey was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 2, 1913. He moved to Detroit with his family at the age of two and received his education at Cass Technical High School. After leaving school, his early employment consisted of much involvement in labor organizations and he participated in some strikes. In 1936, Mr. Mazey was fired by the Briggs Manufacturing Company for leading an organizational campaign. His union activity began in earnest the next year when he became president of Briggs local. He held that position from 1937 until 1941 and then from 1943 to 1944. Beginning in 1944, Mazey served in World War II and was assigned to the Philippines. He was a feature writer for the Army Tagalog Times publication in which he exposed government waste and slow postwar demobilization procedures. In fact, his organized demonstrations against the tardy demobilization earned him many followers. Upon returning to the United States, Emil Mazey was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the United Auto Workers Union at the 1947 Convention. He held this position until he retired. Among his accomplishments was leading the UAW bargaining team which negotiated the first contract with Kohler Company. Emil Mazey supported UAW disaffiliation with the AFL/CIO in 1968 and opposed attempts at reaffiliation in the mid-1970's. Emil Mazey gave frequent speeches and radio addresses and had many opinions on topics of contemporary interest such as Civil Rights, Watergate, and the emerging nuclear arms race.


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Emil Mazey's early work history consisted of much involvement in labor organizations, including president of the United Auto Workers Briggs Local. After WWII he became Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW until his retirement. He gave frequent speeches and radio addresses and had many opinions on topic of contemporary interest including civil rights, Watergate, and the nuclear arms race. His papers reflect his UAW involvement as well as his personal life.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-6) and Series 3 (Boxes 6-11). Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.

Series 3 is further divided into 3 subseries.


he papers of Emil L. Mazey were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1983 and opened for research in August of 1987.


Approximately 20 photographs related to Emil Mazey have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection, Numerous publications concerning government hearing related to labor matters and other publications received from this collection have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1987.
Guide to the Emil Mazey Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA