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Carolyn Forrest Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001594

Scope and Content

The Carolyn Forrest Papers consist of correspondence, publicity, speeches and printed material documenting important milestones in her career with the UAW, as well as prestigious appointments, honors and awards she received, some for her achievements as one of a small number of female labor leaders in the United States.

Dates

  • 1974 - 1999

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

History

Carolyn Forrest was born in Tennessee on July 29, 1932. She moved to Michigan with her husband in 1953 and, while raising three children, began working in 1957 as a spotwelder at J.R. Winter Company, which she helped organize for the United Auto Workers. In 1967, Forrest joined the International staff of Region 1E as the first female servicing representative in the UAW. Ten years later she was appointed administrative assistant to UAW President Douglas Fraser. After her election as International Vice President in 1992, Forrest directed the union’s National Aerospace Department and several other departments. She was a founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Among other awards during her career, Forrest received the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented as part of the Outstanding Women in the Automotive Industry Awards in 1995. Forrest retired from the UAW in 1998.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Carolyn Forrest began working as a spotwelder at J.R. Winter Company in 1957, where she helped organize for the United Auto Workers (UAW). In 1967, Forrest joined the international staff of Region 1E as the first female servicing representative in the UAW. Ten years later she was appointed administrative assistant to UAW President Douglas Fraser. After her election as International Vice President in 1992, Forrest directed the union’s National Aerospace Department and several other departments. Forrest retired from the UAW in 1998. Her papers include correspondence, publicity, speeches and printed material documenting important milestones in her career with the UAW, as well as prestigious appointments, honors and awards she received, some for her achievements as one of a small number of female labor leaders in the United States.

Arrangement

Materials arranged in alphabetical order.

Acquisition

The papers of Carolyn Forrest were placed in the Reuther Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Carolyn Forrest in January 2003.

Related Material

UAW International Executive Board Oral Histories. Coalition of Labor Union Women Records.

Transfers

Some photographs and video and audio tapes received with the papers have been placed in the Reuther Archives Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in October 2004.
Title
Guide to the Carolyn Forrest Papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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