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UAW Doehler-Jarvis Department Records

Identifier: LR001199
The papers of the UAW Doehler-Jarvis Department reflect the Department's role in collective bargaining and issues of importance to employees of the Doehler-Jarvis Company.

Important correspondents: F.H. Drexler, Richard Gosser, Ken Eckert, Peter Zvara

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence, 1945-1959 Series 2: National Doehler-Jarvis Council, 1945-1959 Series 3: Union Locals, 1945-1959 Series 4: Subject Files, 1945-1959


  • 1945 - 1959


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.


7 Linear Feet (14 MB)


Subjects include: collective bargaining; die casting industry


The Doehler-Jarvis Department was created in February of 1953. The department, which worked closely with the Die Casting Department, was responsible for handling collective bargaining, and preparation of wage data and other technical information for those employed by the Doehler-Jarvis Division of National Lead. Doehler-Jarvis Division accounted for one-half of all die castings manufactured by the independent section of the industry, and employed 8,000 employees at its plants in Toledo, Ohio, Batavia, N.Y., Pottstown, Penn., Grand Rapids, Mich, and Chicago, Ill.

Prior to 1949, Doehler-Jarvis employees had been represented by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. When they joined the UAW in that year along with other die casting workers, a separate Die Casting Department was established which represented the entire industry until 1953 when the Doehler-Jarvis Company became a division of National Lead. Throughout this period, the Doehler-Jarvis Company (and later Division) operated a national council consisting of two representatives from each company local. The function of the council was to assist in labor relations and the handling of issues relevant to the Die Casting industry in general and Doehler-Jarvis in particular. With the creation of the Doehler-Jarvis Department, the council became the top union bargaining committee in dealings with the company. Although the company closed its plant in Chicago in 1955, the industry still continued to prosper until the late 1960s, when a sluggish economy and an ever-decreasing demand for die cast parts, seriously hurt the industry. Doehler-Jarvis closed its Grand Rapids plant in 1977, and its Batavia plant in 1983. The Doehler-Jarvis Council continued to operate even though the Doehler-Jarvis Department of the UAW had been merged with Farley Industries to form a new department.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-5), Series 3 (Boxes 5-8), and Series 4 (Boxes 8-14).

Folders in Series 1 are arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject, and chronologically within each file.

Folders in Series 2 are arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Folders in Series 3 are arranged numerically by local and chronologically within each file.

Folders in Series 4 are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each file.


The papers of the UAW Doehler-Jarvis Department were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1984 by the UAW.

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Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in January 1987.
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Repository Details

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