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Brief Description of the Samuel (Sam) Meyers Papers and Photographs WAG.322

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Meyers, Samuel (Sam), d. 2001
Source - dnr: Meyers, Matt
Title: Samuel (Sam) Meyers Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1959 - 2004
Abstract: This small collection consists of correspondence and union publications (mainly newsletters) from Samuel Meyers's tenure as the president of Local 259 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), as well as biographical information about Meyers generated after his death. Born in Brooklyn, Samuel (Sam) Meyers initially worked for Local 259 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as an organizer before becoming president of the union in 1958, a position he held until 1995. Photographs of Meyers with various political leaders, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, make up a large portion of the collection. The collection also contains a gavel and two awards given to Meyers.
Quantity: 1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Call Phrase: WAG.322

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Historical/Biographical Note

Born in Brooklyn, Samuel (Sam) Meyers initially worked for Local 259 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as an organizer before becoming president of the union in 1958, a position he held until 1995. Local 259 represents workers at dealerships and repair shops in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but Meyers was also very active with UAW at the national level. In addition to his union involvement, Meyers was a staunch civil rights advocate and supported many African American political candidates. He died in 2001.

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Scope and Content Note

This small collection consists of correspondence and union publications (mainly newsletters) from Samuel Meyers's tenure as the president of Local 259 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), as well as biographical information about Meyers generated after his death. Photographs of Meyers with various political leaders, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, make up a large portion of the collection. The collection also contains a gavel and two awards given to Meyers.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Meyers, Matt

Subject Organizations

  • International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 259
  • International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions -- Political activity -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State)
  • Labor unions -- New Jersey.
  • Automobile industry workers -x Labor unions -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Samuel Meyers was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Samuel (Sam) Meyers Papers and Photographs; WAG 322; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Matt Meyers, son of Samuel Meyers, in 2011. The accession number associated with this gift is 2011.126.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 Unprocessed Records
Box: 3

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