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Joe Walton Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001382
This collection primarily reflects Walton's involvement with UAW Local 581.

Contents: Correspondence 1960-61 Flint Sit-Down Strike 1936-37, list of participants Handbills, misc. Local 581 Elections, notes, clippings, list of officers Local 581 Elections, Solidarity Rank & File handbills Local 581 Elections, United for Action handbills Local 581 Elections, United Independent handbills Local 581 Elections, United Rank & File handbills Local 581 Elections, misc. slate handbills Newspaper, "Flint Flasher" 1979-1984 (irregular) Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Sit-Down Strike 1937-62, correspondence Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Sit-Down Strike 1937-62 clippings and flyers Walter P. Reuther Distinguished Service Award 1984, clippings and corres. Memorabilia: buttons, UAW 1936-1946 Memorabilia: convention badges and name cards Memorabilia: identification cards Memorabilia: invitations, UAW events Memorabilia: picket cards yrs 1937(?). 45, 46, 58, 61 Memorabilia: union dues book Memorabilia: union dues, receipts for payment Photographs Photographs

Dates

  • 1936 - 1984

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

A recipient of the Walter P. Reuther Distinguished Service Award, Joe Walton was a participant in the General Motors Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-1937 and held various posts in United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 581, including Sergeant-at-Arms and Financial Secretary. Mr. Walton’s papers document his involvement in the labor movement, particularly concerning the activities of Local 581.

History

Joe Walton was born Dec. 15, 1906. He attended Cadillac MI High School. Walton started working for General Motors at the Fisher Body 2 plant located in Flint, Michigan in 1926. Later, in 1935 he transferred to Fisher Body 1 where he worked in the cushion department. Joe Walton was an active participant in the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37. In his union career Walton held the following positions: Line Steward, Committee Man, Guide, Sergeant-At-Arms and Trustee, representing Local 581. In 1956, he was elected Financial Secretary for UAW Local 581, a position he held for seven years. Walton retired from General Motors in 1967. On August 5, 1984, he received the Walter P. Reuther Distinguished Service Award. Joe Walton makes his home in South Branch, Michigan.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The papers of Joe Walton were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in November 1988 by Joe Walton.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Joe Walton Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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