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UAW Region 1B Records

Identifier: LR000512

Scope and Content

The records of UAW Region 1B consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, grievance files, contract negotiating and organizing files, conference proceedings, and clippings and other printed material related to the servicing of its locals and its political activities in the region.

Important correspondents: Bluestone, Irving; Lent, Bob; McAulay, William; Madar, Olga; Massaron, Paul; Mazey, Emil; Milliken, William G.; Morris, Ken; Reuther, Walter P.; Silver, Paul

Series Description: Series 1: Communications with Locals, 1937-1985

Series 2: Administrative Files, 1939-1985

Series 3: Political Affairs, 1941-1985

Series 4: Subject Files, 1935-1985


  • 1939 - 1985


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.


UAW Region 1B, representing locals in the southeastern and thumb areas of Michigan, was created at the 1939 convention. At that time, it supervised four locals representing 1,000 members. William McAulay served as its first director until 1959, when the International Executive Board dissolved Region 1B, reallocating most of its local into Region 1. In 1966, the International Executive Board divided Regions 1 and 1A into 1, 1A, 1B, and 1E. Ken Morris, elected co-director of Region 1 in 1955 and director in 1959, became director of the newlyformed Region 1B in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1983, when he was succeeded by Bob Lent. When Morris retired, Region 1B supervised 34 locals with 80,000 active members and 27,000 retirees. In addition to the major automotive manufacturers, Region 1B locals represent or have represented workers at Huck Manufacturing, TRW, Briggs Manufacturing, Eaton Manufacturing, and Bohn Aluminum.


337 Linear Feet (337 SB, 1 OS)


United Auto Workers Region 1B represents locals in the southeastern and thumb areas of Michigan. This includes workers at the major automotive manufacturers, Huck Manufacturing, TRW, Briggs Manufacturing, Eaton Manufacturing and Bohn Aluminum. Their records document the services Region 1B provided to locals and its political activities in the region.


Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-103, 105-114, 116-158), Series 2 (Boxes 115, 163-198), Series 3 (Boxes 159, 199-250), and Series 4 (Boxes 104, 160, 251-339). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The records of UAW Region 1B were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1971, 1991, and 1993.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A large number of contracts, by-laws, newspapers, and constitutions have been placed in the Archives Library and a few photographs, banners, stickers, and buttons have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on August 17, 1995.
Guide to the UAW Region 1B Records
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

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