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Carl Shier Papers

Identifier: LP000240
Among the correspondents are: 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

Certain important subjects covered are: The agricultural implement industry The Aurora Catepillar organizing campaign The Barber-Colman organizing campaign International Harvester union relations Factional fights: American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees International Association of Machinists and Lodge 113

Series Description Box I Folders 1-22: Local 6, International Harvester, Melrose Park Works. Union relations, politics, strike, and company wide arbitration. Leaflets, pamphlets, official documents, and some correspondence, for the period 1949-1960.

Folders 23-25 International Association of Machinists. Faction fights, 1956-1961. Correspondence, clippings, leaflets, and legal documents.

Folders 26-28 Aurora Catepillar organization 1958. Principally UAW vs. IAM, which was engaged in factional fights. Leaflets, correspondence, clippings.

Box 2 Folders 1-36 Barber-Colman Organization campaigns, 1955-1961. Clippings, correspondence, leaflets, newspapers, official documents.

Box 3 Folders 1-12 Continuation of Box 2

Folders 13 Ainsworth Precision Castings, organizing campaign, 1957- 1959. Correspondence.

Folders 14-15 AFSCME Factional fights, concerning President Zander. 1962-1966. Carl Shier, UAW Rep. working with AFL, Local 172. Correspondence, clippings, and leaflets.

Folders 16-17 Organizing campaigns of: Paper Converting and Finishing Co., Sept., 1952; and John W. Hobbs Corp. 1962-1963. Reports, correspondence, and leaflets.

Folders 18-19 Campaign to organize Monroe Auto Equipment Co., Cuzad, Neb. 1961-1963. Correspondence, leaflets, clippings, reports, and forms.

Box 4 Folders 1-16 Union activity in which there is no evidence to establish Carl Shier's direct participation. Correspondence, leaflets, clippings, official documents, reports. Ca. 1950-1966.

Folders 17-31 Various activities not directly related to union local business, in which there is little or no evidence to suggest Carl Shier's direct participation.

Box 5 Folders 1-14 Materials from conventions, councils, conferences, etc. in which Carl Shier seems to have participated. Especially concerning the agricultural implement industry and Region 4.


  • 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.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 MB)


Correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, leaflets, and published material collected by Mr. Shier, who served as a member of the Shop Committee of UAW Local 6, Melrose Park, Illinois (1950); as financial secretary of UAW International Harvester Council; and 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. Subjects include the agricultural implement industry; the Aurora-Caterpillar organizing campaign (1958); the Barber-Colman organizing campaigns (1955-61); the Paper Converting and Finishing Company; and John W. Hobbs Corporation organizing campaigns (1962-63); 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. Correspondents include Paul H. Douglas, Pat Greathouse, Carroll Hutton, John Livingston, Guy Nunn, Brendan Sexton, and Leonard Woodcock.


Carl Mark Shier 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-l6th 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 Committee man. 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 of I960, 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 there is present in the collection a scattering of related union and social reform projects, as well as a series devoted to conventions, councils, and conferences.


Materials grouped by subject, see Scope and Contents details. Within subject, folders arranged chonologically or alphabetically.


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

Processing History

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


Guide to the Carl Shier Papers
Processed by WJ.
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Repository Details

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