William Oliver Papers

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10.5 linear feet (4 MB, 7 SB, 1 OS)

In 1941, William Oliver became the first African-American to serve on the executive board of UAW Ford Local 400. Five years later he was co-director, with Walter Reuther, of the UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department, of which he became sole director after Reuther's death in 1970. Oliver's papers reflect his work under the auspices of the UAW Fair Practices Department as well as his involvement with the NAACP throughout the 1970s and 1980s as vice-president and president of the National Housing Corporation.

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