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United Auto Workers contract collection

Identifier: L-Contracts_UAW

Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection contains thirty-three contracts dated 1940-1993.


  • 1940-1953


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Historical Note

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Auto Workers (UAW), is an American labor union that represents workers in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. It was founded as part of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in the 1930s and grew rapidly from 1936 to the 1950s. The union played a major role in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party under the leadership of Walter Reuther (president 1946–1970). It was known for gaining high wages and pensions for auto workers, but it was unable to unionize auto plants built by foreign-based car makers in the South after the 1970s, and it went into a steady decline in membership; reasons for this included increased automation, decreased use of labor, movements of manufacturing (including reaction to NAFTA), and increased globalization. UAW members in the 21st century work in industries including autos and auto parts, health care, casino gambling, and higher education. The union is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.


0.83 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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Off-Site Storage

This collection is stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

These materials were separated from one or more collections in the Southern Labor Archives for inclusion in the Archives’ contracts and agreement collection.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. United Auto Workers, Local 882 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1947-1968 (L1972-40)
  2. William Bill Roberts collection, 1936; 1948 (L1975-12)
  3. Robert Claxton collection, 1972-1973 (L1976-47)
  4. United Auto Workers, Local Lodge 868 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1950-1984 (L1984-67)
  5. Arthur Bourne collection of United Auto Workers materials, 1966; undated (L1987-30)
  6. United Auto Workers, Local 882 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, circa 1940s-1980s (L2005-29)
  7. United Auto Workers Local 882/Ford Assembly Plant Scrapbooks, 1979-2006 (L2009-01)
United Auto Workers:
A Guide to the UAW Contract Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
June 12, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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