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UAW Region 1 Records

Identifier: LR001206

Scope and Content

The records of UAW Region 1 consist of correspondence, internal memoranda, minutes, reports, and printed material documenting contract negotiations, the grievance process, organizing activities and the region’s involvement in civic and political affairs.

Series 1, Locals, 1939-1989

Series 2, Subject Files, 1939-1989

Series 3, Politics and Community Action, 1955-1987


  • 1939 - 1989



Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


UAW Region 1 was established in 1942 and, until its merger with Region 1B in 1989, served the east side of Detroit and Macomb and St. Clair Counties. In 1966 the International Executive Board split Region 1 and its westside counterpart, Region 1A, into four parts (called Regions 1, 1A, 1B, and 1E). In addition to plants from the Big Three automakers in Detroit and the defunct American Motors Corporation, Region 1 has represented workers in parts and supply plants such as The Budd Company, Federal Mogul’s Bower Roller Bearing, and Mueller Brass.


241 Linear Feet (241 SB)

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Subjects include: Eastside Detroit plants; AFL-CIO; civil rights; Michigan politics; Community Action Program; Democratic Party politics; plant closings; benefits; Black Lake; retirees; organizing; strikes


Arranged in three series - Series 1, (Boxes 1-122), Series 2, (Boxes 123-222), and Series 3, (Boxes 223-241).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The UAW Region 1 Records were deposited at the Reuther Library.


A large number of contracts, books, newspapers, constitutions and by-laws have been placed in the Archives Library, and a substantial collection of photographs, bumper stickers, buttons, and campaign material has been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department.

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA