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Irma Mortimer Stewart Papers

Identifier: LP001416

Scope and Content

Among her papers are correspondence, journals, manuscripts, poetry and a series of assignments for writing classes she took from 1985 to 1988. Many of these assignments were stories from her experiences and her childhood.

This collection also contains items of Mortimer's retained by Ms. Stewart, such as correspondence, letters to newspapers and editors, letters to fellow members of CIO and strike newsletters from the 1940s. Included in this series is a notebook, speeches, reports and a corrected draft of his book "Organize!". Finally, there is a series of papers dealing with long time family friends, Henry and Dorothy Kraus. These papers include correspondence and autographed early drafts of Henry's books The Many and the Few, and In the City.

The papers mainly reflect Ms. Stewart's correspondence with family, friends, associates and her writings on various subjects.

Important subjects covered in this collection are: Organization of auto and aircraft industries Wyndham Mortimer

Among the important correspondents are: Henry and Dorothy Kraus Wyndham Mortimer

Series Description: Series 1: Irma M. Stewart, 1930-1988: Announcements, Cards, Correspondence, Family Items, Journals, Poetry, Scrapbook and Writings. There are also writings relating to Ms. Stewart's relationship with grassroots politician Margaret Wright.

Series 2: Wyndham Mortimer, 1939-1964: Agreement between UAW and North American Aviation, Clippings, Correspondence, Decision of NLRB, Gonco Manufacturing, History of UAW Local 887, Reports, Songs and Speeches, Items on Bob Travis and Writings.

Series 3: Henry and Dorothy Kraus, 1939-1984: Correspondence and Writings


  • 1930 - 1988


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.


Irma M. Stewart was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 22, 1914 and died at Santa Rosa, California on January 28, 1989. She was the surviving daughter of UAW organizer Wyndham Mortimer. She worked with her father in union organizing in the 1930s and later went out to California to help organize the aircraft industry in the late 1930s and early 1940s. After her father's expulsion from the UAW she continued to apply herself in union, political, community and civil rights organizations.


1.75 Linear Feet (4 MB)


The daughter of United Auto Workers (UAW) organizer Wyndham Mortimer, Irma Mortimer Stewart worked as a union organizer of the California aircraft industry. The Irma Mortimer Stewart Collection includes personal papers, as well as documents related to family friends, Henry and Dorothy Krause, and to Wyndham Mortimer’s career. Included are autographed drafts of Henry Kraus’ books, The Many and the Few, and, In the City, and a corrected early draft of Wyndham Mortimer’s book, Organize!


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-3) and Series 3 (Boxes 3-4). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


[Acquisition Information]


Approximately 50 photographs relating to Irma M. Stewart and her family have been placed in the Archive's Audiovisual Collection. Pamphlets and newspaper clippings related to the labor movement are available in the Archives' library. There are envelopes with clippings concerning the North American Aviation strike of 1941, the General Motors strike of 1937 and the Cleveland Fisher Body strikes of 1937 and 1939. There is also an envelope concerning the factional fight and expulsion of union leaders, 1938-1939. Finally there is a hand bound copy of Reflections of Labor Organizer by Wyndham Mortimer, printed under the auspices of the Oral History Program at the University of California at Los Angeles, 1967.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December, 1991.
Guide to the Irma Mortimer Stewart Papers
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Repository Details

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