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Thomas J. Starling Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: S-T, Box 13, Folder: 10
Identifier: LP000988
The papers of Mr. Starling consist of several memorial programs, a reprint of the first United Auto Workers - General Motors Agreement, a sample grievance report, an itinerary of a tour of the United Kingdom by an UAW-CIO delegation, and several labor policy pamphlets put out by General Motors.


  • 1937 - 1970


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.


.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Thomas Starling was a United Auto Workers member and president of Local 34 in Atlanta, GA who served on the UAW Board of Directors for twelve years. His papers reflect his association with the UAW, especially in regards to General Motors.


Thomas J. Starling was born in south Georgia in 1904. He went to work for the Fisher Body Plant in Atlanta in 1928. He participated in the first strike in this plant in 1929 and later in 1935. He also took part in the first sit-down strike of a General Motors plant which took place in Atlanta on November 18, 1936. In 1939 he was elected President of Local 34 in Atlanta and subsequently served on the Board of Directors of the United Auto Workers from 1941 to 1953 Mr. Starling died in Avondale Estates, Georgia on February 4, 1982.


Material arranged in 1 folder.


The papers of Thomas J. Starling were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in April of 1980 and were opened for research in December of 1986.


Files of UAW publications, including constitution convention proceedings, and a few years of files of Ammunition (UAW-CIO, Education Department) have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December, 1986.
Guide to the Thomas J. Starling Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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