Michael Hrabar Papers

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Michael Hrabar was a member of UAW Local 600’s Tool and Die Unit. An active member of
the local (at one time the largest UAW local in the country), Hrabar held various offices within
the organization. He served as a delegate to the Local 600 General Council, ran for vice president of the local in 1944, and also ran to become a member of the local’s Bargaining
Committee in 1966. He completed UAW leadership training in civil rights, civil liberties, and
human relations in 1960. In 1952 and 1954 Hrabar was accused of being a member of the
Communist Party during hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. His wife, Olga Hrabar, was president of Local 600's women's auxiliary.

This collection consists mostly of materials accumulated by Hrabar about different candidates
running for offices within Local 600 as well as the positions of various interest groups within the local. Local 600 was one of the most liberal and outspoken UAW locals and there are many examples of the local’s opposition to Walter Reuther’s leadership as president of the UAW. There are several unofficial publications by Local 600’s different interest groups, with clippings, photos, and memorabilia making up the rest of the collection.

1944-1974, bulk 1949-1969
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