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Richard T. Frankensteen Papers

Identifier: LP000014

Scope and Content

The Richard T. Frankensteen Papers consists of two series containing his personal papers and newspaper clippings. His personal papers include correspondence, materials from his involvement with the Automobile Industrial Workers Association and National War Labor board, and materials from his campaigns for Mayor of Detroit, including speeches and expenses.


  • 1930 - 1964

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.


5.5 Linear Feet ((11 MB), 3 scrapbooks)


Mr. Frankensteen served as president of the Automotive Industrial Workers Association, one of the independent attempts to organize the auto industry in the early 1930's. He later served as president of UAW Dodge Local 3. In 1937 he was elected a vice-president of the UAW-CIO. Correspondence, speeches, clippings, and other materials on the Ryan Aeronautical Company Strike (1944); the National War Labor Board; North American Strike (1941); factionalism within the UAW-CIO; activities of the UAW during the late 1930s and early 1940s, and Mr. Frankensteen's unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Detroit in 1945 are included. Among the correspondents are George Addes, Adolph Germer, Homer Martin, and Philip Murray. An oral history interview with Mr. Frankensteen is available.


The papers are arranged in two series.

The Series I, Personal Papers, 1935-1964, Boxes 1-6. Arranged alphabetically. Series II, Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1956, Boxes 7-11 and scrapbooks. Arranged chronologically.


The papers of Richard T. Frankensteen, UAW vice-president and labor relations consultant, were donated to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Frankensteen between February of 1962 and December of 1964. They were opened for research in May of 1965.


Tapes of a radio interview with Mr. Frankensteen about the 1941 labor dispute at North American Aviation and his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1944 have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May, 1965.
Guide to the Richard T. Frankensteen Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA