WJBK-TV Collection: Walter Reuther’s FBI Files

Accession Number: 
UR001359
Extent: 
1 linear foot (1 SB)
Date: 
1940-1987, bulk 1942-1966

The WJBK-TV Collection: Walter Reuther’s FBI Files consists of the FBI FOIA release files and related correspondence concerning Walter P. Reuther. The files were released by the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and were then obtained by WJBK-TV Inc. under the direction of WJBK-TV Inc. reporter, William J. Gallagher, in 1987. The majority of the FBI files contain records concerning an internal security investigation of Walter Reuther and the United Auto Workers (UAW) between 1940 and 1970. Additional FBI files relate to a Security of Government Employees investigation of Walter Reuther between 1965 and 1967 when Reuther was an applicant for a position with the State Department, as well as to a background investigation of Walter Reuther, which was conducted at the request of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy between 1953 and 1964, when Reuther was under consideration to be a member of the committee in order to study the peacetime uses of atomic energy. Correspondence records relating to these FBI FOIA release files were created in 1986 and 1987, and are largely between William J. Gallagher and either Robert J. Walsh, Chief of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, or Emil P. Moschella, Chief of the Freedom of Information-Privacy Acts Section, Records Management Division.

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