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UAW Conservation and Recreation Department Records

Identifier: LR000812

Scope and Content

The records of the Departments of Conservation and Recreation in this collection consist of intra-departmental correspondence, clippings, legislative testimony and other material on issues and legislation involving the conservation of the natural environment and to a lesser extent, the creation of parks and the protection of the consumer.

Important subjects in the collection: Air--Pollution--United States Automobiles--Environmental aspects--United States Conservation of natural resources--United States Deprived Areas Recreation Team (DART) Downriver Anti-Pollution League Environmental health--United States Environmental law--United States Environmental protection--Canada Environmental protection--Citizen participation Environmental protection--United States Environmental protection--United States--California Environmental protection--United States--Indiana Environmental protection--United States--Michigan Gun control Hazardous wastes--United States Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority Mineral industries--Environmental aspects--United States Nuclear power plants--Environmental aspects--United States Parks--Michigan--Detroit Reserve Mining Company Retirees Shore protection--Law and legislation--United States Trade-unions--Environmental policy Water--Pollution--United States Water--Pollution--United States--Michigan

Important correspondents: Kenneth Henderson, Mildred Jeffrey, Charleen Knight, Olga Madar, Andrew Paulick, Martha Reynolds, Franklin Wallick, John Yolton


  • 1969 - 1974


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 International Executive Board created the Department of Conservation and Resource Development in 1967 under the direction of board member Olga Madar to work with advocacy groups in the United States and Canada in lobbying legislators and developing educational programs to preserve the natural environment. At the same time, the Recreation Department, established in the 1930s, changed its name to Recreation and Leisure-Time Activities. The two departments were linked by common leadership and by policy considerations as the union sought to improve the overall quality of life for a membership increasingly able to enjoy the advantages of a middle-class lifestyle. In 1969 the IEB Conservation and Recreation Committee added the newly-created Consumer Affairs Department to its general advisory responsibilities.


11 Linear Feet (11 SB)


Subjects include: environmental protection; air/water pollution; hazardous wastes; Downriver Anti-Pollution League; nuclear power plants; Reserve Mining; Olga Madar


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


The records of the UAW Conservation and Recreation Department were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1976, 1987, and 1995.

Related Materials

UAW Recreation Department Records; Olga Madar Papers


A number of photographs and videotapes and an audio tape of portions of the 1973 Black Lake Conservation-Recreation-Consumer Affairs Institute have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by M. Raucher on November 8, 1996.
Guide to the UAW Conservation and Recreation Department Records
Processed by M. Raucher.
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

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA