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Newman Jeffrey Papers

Identifier: LP000173

Scope and Content

The Newman Jeffrey Collection contains correspondence, material related to his biography of George Henry Evans, clippings, pamphlets and other printed items reflecting his lifelong interest in labor history and his career in labor and politics.

Important subjects in the collection:

Africa--Politics and government Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America George Henry Evans International labor activities Michigan--Politics and government Socialist Party of America Uganda United Automobile Workers Union United States. Agency for International Development United States. Office of Civilian Defense World War, 1939-1945--Labor

Important correspondents in the collection:

Frank Blackford William Kemsley Franz Daniel Philip P. Mason John Edelman Paul Porter Lawrence Goldman Clarence Senior John Herling Talbot Smith Mildred Jeffrey G. Mennen Williams


  • 1820 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1979


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.


Newman Jeffrey was born in Topeka, Kansas on March 27, 1910. After graduation from the University of Kansas in 1932, he joined the Socialist Party organization and in 1934 was hired by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers as organizer and labor educator.

During World War II, Mr. Jeffrey served as Chief of the Labor Division of the Office of Civilian Defense and, after the war, as Chief of the Labor Relations Section, Manpower Division of the U. S. military government in Germany. From 1946 to 1959, he worked as a UAW international representative. After retiring from the UAW, he received his Master’s in history from Wayne State University and took a job teaching at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In the early 1960s, Mr. Jeffrey joined the Kennedy administration’s Agency for International Development and was appointed director of, first, the Uganda Mission and later the one in Sierra Leone. He returned to the United States in 1969 and joined the staff of the National Archives as a public information officer. Newman Jeffrey died in November of 1993.


12 Linear Feet (12 SB)


Correspondence, reports, minutes, and clippings collected by Mr. Jeffrey, who served as a labor representative to various government agencies during World War II; chief of Labor Relations Section, U.S. Military Government in Berlin (1945); UAW International representative (1946-59); and director, U.S. AID Mission to Uganda (1960s). Labor's role in the occupation of Germany (1944-45); Michigan Governor's Advisory Committee on executive reorganization (1958-59); and U.S. AID Mission to Uganda (1963) are covered in the collection.


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


Several photographs and serials on microfilm have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and a few books and other publications have been transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA