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Michael Manning Papers

Identifier: LP000018

Scope and Content

The papers of Michael J. Manning consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, leaflets and notices documenting his activities with the UAW-AFL at Kelsey-Hayes. In 1979 Professor Jack Skeels of Northern Illinois University gave the Archives a number of labor spy reports that had been given to him by Michael Manning in the late fifties. Manning didn't want them made public during his lifetime, because he was afraid the company might interfere with his pension. The reports had been found, torn into little pieces, in a wastebasket at the Local 174 union hall, and various attempts at reconstructing the documents had been made prior to their acquisition by the Archives.

Important subjects in the collection: Automobile Labor Board UAW Local 174 Labor spies U AWA convention, 1935 NLRB elections, Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co.

Important correspondents in the collection:

Francis Biddle Frank Martel Arthur Vandenberg Francis Dillon Frank Morrison William Green Louis Rabaut


  • 1925 - 1942
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1942


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.


Michael J. Manning was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and came to Detroit in 1929. In the early 1930's he was active in drives to organize workers at Detroit's Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co., serving as chair man of the Detroit District Council and member of the National Council of the UAW-AFL, trustee and president of UAW Federal Labor Union No. 18677 and International UAWA executive board member(1935), eventually becoming president of Local 174, the amalgamated West Side local representing workers at the Kelsey-Hayes plant. He died in Detroit on January 27, 1973.


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Correspondence, minutes, reports, and leaflets collected by Mr. Manning, who served in many offices during the 1930's period of auto unionization. He was a member of the AFL's National Council of Automotive Federal Labor Unions (1934-35), president of AFL Federal Labor Union 18677 at the Kelsey-Hayes plant in Detroit (1934-35), member of the General Executive Board of the UAW (1935), and president of UAW West Side Local 174 in Detroit. The Automobile Labor Board, National Industrial mference Board (1934),and NLRB elections at Kelsey-Hayes are covered. Correspondents include Francis Dillon, William Green, Frank Morrison, Louis Rabaut, and Arthur Vandenberg.


Materials arranged alphabetically by folder title.


The papers of Michael J. Manning were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Manning in 1961 and were opened for research in 1970. Additional papers were placed in the Archives by Professor Jack Skeels in 1979 and were opened for research in November of 2004.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in November, 2004.
Guide to the Michael Manning 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