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Carl Shier Papers

Identifier: LP000240

Scope and Content

Box 1. Folders 1-22: Local 6, International Harvester, Melrose Park Works. Union relations, politics, strike, company-wide arbitration. Leaflets, pamphlets, official documents, some correspondence, 1949-1960. Folders 23-25: International Association of Machinists. Faction fights, 1956-1961. Correspondence, clippings, leaflets, legal documents. Folders 26-28: Aurora Caterpillar organization, 1958. Principally UAW vs. IAM. Leaflets, correspondence, clippings.

Boxes 2-3. Barber-Colman Organization campaigns, 1955-1961. Clippings, correspondence, leaflets, newspapers, official documents.

Box 3. Folder 13: Ainsworth Precision Castings, organizing campaign, 1957-1959. Correspondence. Folders 14-15: AFSCME Factional fights, concerning President Zander, 1962-1966. Shier, UAW representative working with AFL, Local 172. Correspondence, clippings, leaflets. Folders 16-17: Organizing campaigns of Paper Converting and Finishing Company; John W. Hobbs Corporation. Reports, correspondence, leaflets. Folders 18-19: Campaign to organize Monroe Auto Equipment Company, Cuzad, Nebraska, 1961-1963. Correspondence, leaflets, clippings, reports, forms.

Box 4. Folders 1-16: Union activity. Correspondence, leaflets, clippings, official documents, reports, 1950-1966. Folders 17-31: Various activities not related to union local business.

Box 5: Materials from conventions, councils, conferences, especially the agricultural implement industry and Region 4.

Important correspondents: William Allen, Joseph Mattson, Valerio Agostinone, Guy Nunn, Caroline Davis, Robert Johnston, Sen. Paul H. Douglas, Brenden Sexten, Duane Pat Greathouse, Gust Sjoblom, Carroll Hutton, G.W. Venstgnen, Alan Kistler, Leonard Woodcock, John Livingston.

Important subjects: Agricultural implement industry. Aurora Caterpillar organizing campaign. Barber-Colman organizing campaign. International Harvester union relations. Factional fights: American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International Association of Machinists and Lodge 113.


  • 1949 - 1966


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.


Carl Marx Shier (1917-2007) worked in the Melrose Park Works of the International Harvester Corporation, Rockford, Illinois. Active in UAW, Local 6, by 1950 he was a member of the Shop Committee. In 1953 he was Financial Secretary of the Harvester Council, compromising Locals #6, 57, 98, 226, 305, 402, 710, 763, 817, 894, 916, 988, 1017, 1101, 1106, 1145. He served as a delegate from Local 6 to the 12th through 16th Conventions of the UAW. By 1958, he had become an International Representative for the Competitive Shop Department. He was engaged in the organization and servicing of UAW Locals in Region 4. Returning to the Melrose Park Works, he lost an election for Committeeman. Turning to other fields, he took over the handling of garnishments and Workman Compensation cases, the chairmanship of the Health and Welfare Committee, and wrote most of the shop paper, while assisting the Regional Organizing Staff with house calls and leaflets. About January 1960, he took leave from the shop to join the organizing staff of the International Union once again. He was principally active in organizing and servicing locals in the Rockford, Illinois, area of region 4, although he did go as far afield as Cuzad, Nebraska. His activity centered around the agricultural implement industry, but the collection includes a scattering of related union and social reform projects, as well as a series devoted to conventions, councils and conferences.


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Carl Shier (1917-2007) served in many roles in the labor movement, including as a member of the Shop Committee of UAW Local 6, Melrose Park, Illinois (1950); as financial secretary of UAW International Harvester Council; as a UAW International representative for the Competitive Shop Department (1958). In 1960, he joined the organizing staff of the UAW and was especially active in organizing and servicing local unions in Illinois. His papers, donated in 1967, cover the agricultural implement industry; the Aurora-Caterpillar organizing campaign (1958); the Barber-Colman organizing campaigns (1955-1961); the Paper Converting and Finishing Company; the John W. Hobbs Corporation organizing campaigns (1962-1963); the Monroe Auto Equipment Company (Cuzard, Nebraska) organizing campaign (1961-1963); union relations with the International Harvester Corporation; factional fights of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and of the International Association of Machinists, Lodge 113. This collection includes correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, leaflets and published material.


Materials grouped by subject. Within subjects, folders arranged chonologically or alphabetically.


The papers of Carl Shier were deposited in the Labor History Archives by Carl Shier on 3 August 1967.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by WJ during April and May 1968.


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Repository Details

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