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Robert Burkart Papers

Identifier: LP000180

Scope and Content

Series Description Series 1: Correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports and statements relating to the Kohler Strike. Topics covered include such areas as the history of unionism at Kohler, contract negotiations, the NLRB and the Kohler Strike and the Senate Labor Subcommittee's hearings on the Strike. Arranged Alphabetically for the period, 1952-1965.

Series 2 Miscellaneous materials pertaining to non Kohler subjects. These consist mainly of items regarding Robert Burkart's organizing work for the UAW. Arranged alphabetically for the period 1949-1963.


  • 1949 - 1965


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.


Robert Burkart was born July 9, 1915, In 1935 he started to work for the Spicer Corporation of Toledo, Ohio. Burkart became active in union affairs and went on to serve UAW Local 12 in many capacities. By 1951 he had become the Local's financial secretary and editor of its paper. In that year Burkart left Local 12 to serve the UAW as an International Representative in the Competitive Shop Department. After a short stay in Syracuse, New York, Burkart was assigned to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to aid the Kohler Strikers. In addition to working directly with the strike, Burkart also played a leading role in the UAW's campaign to boycott the use of Kohler products. In 1956, Burkart was assigned to the West Coast and continued working with Kohler strikers who had sought employment in the Los Angeles area.


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Correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports, and statements relating to the Kohler Strike. Mr. Burkart was one of the UAW International representatives assigned to this strike. Topics covered include the history of unionism at Kohler; contract negotiations; the NLRB and the Kohler Strike; and the Senate Labor Subcommittee's hearings. Among the correspondents are Lyman Conger, Richard Gosser, Emil Mazey, and Donald Rand.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Box 2). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Robert Burkart were deposited with the Labor History Archives in January 1966 by Mr. Burkart.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by WWP in March, 1966.
Guide to the Robert Burkart Papers
Processed by WWP.
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Repository Details

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