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Ken Morris Papers

Identifier: LP000331

Scope and Content

The papers in Part 1 consist primarily of notes on contract negotiations between the UAW and the Packard Motor Company in 1953 and the collective bargaining agreements between the UAW and the Chrysler Corporation from 1958 to 1959.
Part 2 of the Ken Morris Collection consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, negotiations material, grievances, arbitration files, speeches and printed material relating primarily to his activities as director of UAW Region 1B and to his Oakland University trusteeship. Mr. Morris retired from the UAW in 1983.

Important subjects in the collection: Automobile Industry Oakland University Comprehensive Health Planning Council Organizing Chrysler Corporation Pension Benefits Federal Advisory Committee on Studebaker-Packard Unemployment Insurance UAW Canada Ford Motor Company UAW Local 417 Fruehauf Corporation UAW Region 1B General Motors Corporation Unemployment Insurance Heat Treat Inc. Women in the Workforce Health Care Worker Health and Safety Labor Arbitration Metropolitan Detroit Citizens Development Authority

Important correspondents in the collection: Ken Bannon Paul Massaron Irving Bluestone Emil Mazey Nelson Jack Edwards William Oliver Douglas Fraser Marc Stepp Frank James Robert White Odessa Komer Leonard Woodcock Robert Lent Howard Young Olga Madar Herb Zalopany

Series Description: Series I, UAW, 1937-1983 Series II, Civic Activities, 1963-1983


  • 1937 - 1983


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. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Ken Morris joined UAW Briggs Local 212 in 1937 and immediately became active in union affairs. A Line Steward in 1937, he also was Assistant Editor of the Local 212 newspaper from 1937 to 1941. In 1939 he took charge of the Flying Squadron and organized picket lines and strike duties. He served on the Education Committee from 1838 to 1940. After his army service Mr. Morris was elected Recording Secretary fo Local 212.

In 1948 he was elected President of the local and was re-elected five times. In April of 1955 he was elected Director of Reigon 1B, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Morris' community service activities included membership on teh Oakland County Mental Health Board, the Oakland University Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Oakland County UAW-CAP Council. Other public service assignments included membership on the National Commission on Unemployment and Compensation and the Michigan Employment Security Commission.


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Ken Morris served as president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 212 and as director of UAW Region 1B. Mr. Morris was active in community affairs and served in various committees such as the Oakland University Board of Trustees, the Oakland County Mental Health Board, and the National Commission on Unemployment and Compensation. Mr. Morris’ papers relate primarily to his activities as Director of UAW Region 1B, and to a lesser degree, his trusteeship at Oakland University, and reflect his interest in matters of health care, unemployment, and labor.


Materials arranged alphabetically.
Part 2 Materials listed in alphabetical order.


The papers of Ken Morris were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Morris and were opened for research in january of 1969. Additional papers were placed in the Archives by Mr. Morris in August of 1970 and were opened for research in October of 1985.


A number of photographs, audio tapes of speeches, and items of memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and books, serials, convention proceedings, local constitutions and by-laws, and local union histories may be found in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in January 1969, revised in October 1985.
Guide to the Ken Morris Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA