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UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Department Records

Identifier: LR000498

Scope and Content

The records of the UAW CAP Department consist of publications, voting records, resolutions, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, press releases, legal documents, and congressional testimony relating to CAP concerns.

Important corespondents: Charles Biegi, Roy Reuther, Elmer Blankenship, Walter Reuther, William Dodds, Horace Sheffield, Thomas Gibbons, Arthur Shulty, Russell Leach, Edith Van Horn, Edward Purdy, Frank Wallick


  • 1948 - 1997
  • Majority of material found within 1948 - 1978


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.


36 Linear Feet (36 SB)


The UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Department was formed in 1969 when, after disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO, the union set up CAP Councils throughout the United States to replace the Citizenship-Legislative Department. The CAP Councils’ stated purpose was to work in community, civic, welfare, educational, environmental, cultural, citizenship-legislative, and consumer protection activities to improve the economic and social conditions of UAW members and families. From the 1940s through the 1960s, the CAP Department was called the Political Action, Citizenship, or Citizenship-Legislative Department.


Folders are arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


The records of the UAW-CAP Department were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in multiple shipments from 1971 to 1977. An additional folder was deposited in the archives in 1997.

Related Materials

UAW Political Action Department-Roy Reuther Records; UAW Citizenship Department-Roy Reuther Department Records


Several bumper stickers, posters, and buttons relating to election campaigns and voter registration were transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Collection. A large number of agreements, constitutions, and several books, convention reports, and government reports were transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on February 21, 1994.

An addition was processed and finding aid updated by Gavin Strassel on September 27, 2021.
Guide to the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Department Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA