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Judah Drob Papers

Identifier: LP000496

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Drob reflect his work with the Socialist Party, the CCF, the CWA and the 0MB.

Series I, Detroit, 1943-1956: Clippings, pamphlets, manuals and reviews relating to race relations in Detroit. There are notes and essays on the labor movement and municipal elections in Detroit.

Series II, Socialist Party, 1936-1945: Notes, essays and reports on the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) of Canada, course outlines on Socialist Party education, correspondence relating to intra-party squabbles, critical commentaries on Soviet communism and the Spanish revolution.

Series III, Labor-General, 1939-1974: Fact sheets, clippings, notes, handbills and correspondence relating to AFL, CIO, UAW, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW),and the United Steel Workers of America (USWA). They touch upon labor union activities concerning social security, grievances, workers' compensation, wage rates, organizing, union theatre and education.

Series IV, Communications Workers of America (CWA), 1937-1962: CWA: bargaining books, course descriptions on socialist education, financial and membership reports, newsletters, correspondence and manuals relating to organizing efforts.

Series V, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 1973-1975: Reports on Federal-state-local governmental relations by the OMB Study Committee, Inter-Agency Committee and National Science Foundation.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Federal-state-local governmental relations, 1973-1975 Labor education, 1949-1961 Race Relations in Detroit, 1949-1951 Socialist Party Education, 1945 Among the important correspondents are: M. Frank Hersman Gus Tyler


  • 1936 - 1975
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1975


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.


During the early 1940's, Drob served as Secretary and one of the senior theoreticians of the Michigan Socialist Party. He conducted classes for the Wayne County Socialist Party and for the Windsor Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Active in the NAACP, he was a columnist for Detroit black weeklies. In 1948, he left the Socialist Party and joined the Michigan Democratic Party.

During the same period he became active in the AFL; arid, as a staff worker from the Detroit area of the Workers' Educational Service, he taught courses at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor conducted for the AFL membership. In the late 1950's he became a national representative of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in the Detroit area. In 1974-1975 he served as a member of the Study Committee on Policy Management Assistance, sponsored by the Office of Management and Budget (0MB).


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Judah Drob served as Secretary of the Michigan Socialist Party during the 1940's, after which he joined the Michigan Democratic Party. Mr. Drob taught labor education courses for the Wayne county Socialist Party, the Windsor Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and served as the Detroit area national representative to the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Mr. Drob's papers reflect his work with the Socialist Party, the CCF, and the CWA.

Arrangement of the Papers

Arranged in 5 series:
  1. Series I, Detroit, 1943-1956; Box 1
  2. Series II, Socialist Party, 1936-1945; Box 1
  3. Series III, Labor-General, 1939-1974; Box 1-2
  4. Series IV, Communications Workers of America (CWA), 1937-1962; Boxes 2-4
  5. Series V, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 1973-1975; Boxes 4-6




The papers of Judah Drob were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in four installments. The first was received in February of 1972, the second in January of 1976, the third during March of 1976 and the fourth in December of 1976. This collection was opened for research in May of 1983.


Placed in the Archives' library are approximately 2 linear feet of non-manuscript materials. They include radical and labor newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and government publications related to labor and inter-governmental relations.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.


Guide to the Judah Drob Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA