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UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department Records

Identifier: LR000637

Scope and Content

The papers of the UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, grievances, press releases, clippings, articles, pamphlets and other printed material reflecting the department’s efforts to enhance the civil rights of American workers.

Important subjects in the collection: African Americans in the UAW Anti-Semitism Charleston Hospital Strike Civil Liberties Civil Rights Community Action Programs CIO State Councils Democratic Party, State & National Detroit Commission on Community Relations Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement Employment Discrimination Employment Discrimination in UAW Locals Medgar Evers’ Murder Fair Employment Practices Committees, State & National Housing Discrimination Human Rights Ku Klux Klan Leadership Conference on Civil Rights League for Industrial Democracy Mexican Americans NAACP Native Americans Negro American Labor Council Kwame Nkrumah Poor People’s March on Washington Race Relations Racial Discrimination Rancho Agua Caliente School Desegregation Sexual Discrimination Sharecroppers Skilled Trades Southern Christian Leadership Conference Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative Emmet Till Lynching United Steelworkers of America Urban League, Detroit & National War on Poverty Women’s Rights World War II, Postwar Economic Conversion

Important correspondents in the collection: Ralph Abernathy Irving Bluestone Arnold Callan George W. Crockett, Jr. Caroline Davis Frank Ditto Nelson Jack Edwards Douglas Fraser Richard Gosser Martha Griffiths John F. Kennedy Robert Kennedy Martin Luther King, Jr. Norman Matthews Emil Mazey William Oliver A. Philip Randolph Victor Reuther Walter Reuther John Rice R. J. Thomas George L-P. Weaver Walter L. White Roy Wilkins Leonard Woodcock Whitney Young


  • 1940 - 1980


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.


The UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department, established at the 1946 convention under the direction of Walter Reuther and William Oliver, mandated the formation of local union Fair Practices Committees to promote fair employment practices and to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. Oliver remained director until his retirement in 1980.

In addition to investigating complaints of the violation of the union’s anti-discrimination policy, the department organized human relations programs and projects in conjunction with the UAW Education Department and pressed for enactment of federal and state FEPC and open housing legislation.


66 Linear Feet (66 SB)


Subjects include: African-American workers; anti-Semitism; civil rights; community action programs; CIO state councils; race relations; Democratic Party; Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements; employment discrimination; Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative; Ku Klux Klan; Mexican Americans; gender discrimination; women's rights; United Steelworkers of America; sharecroppers; skilled trades; school desegregation

Note: Box 13 is unavailable.


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-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.

Related Materials

UAW collections


A large number of contracts, constitutions, books, and newsletters have been placed in the Archives Library, and several photographs, buttons, posters, bumper stickers and audio tapes of speeches on race relations topics have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA