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UAW-CIO, Local 287 records and photographs

Identifier: MSS-165

Scope and Contents

This collection includes records of the UAW-CIO, Local 287 and national UAW publications. The Local 287 records include the original charter (1936), agreements between UAW-CIO Local 287 and BorgWarner (1938-1986), constitution and by-laws (1942-1986), brochures related to pensions and benefits (1961-1980), a history of the Local (1978), minutes (1937-1985), and the Labor Beacon newspaper (1952-2000). The national records include proceedings from national conventions, reports from UAW presidents, and other publications for union members (1951-1995). The oversized materials include union charters and oversized newsletters. The collection also includes awards and plaques presented to UAW-CIO, Local 287 and its members, political correspondence with Democratic Party politicians as well as Democratic campaign pens, inaugural invitations, and Democratic convention materials. Newspaper clippings include articles regarding the UAW-CIO Local 287, national labor chapters, and Borg Warner history. Photographs include union conventions, parades, and other activities of the UAW-CIO, Local 287 and Borg Warner plant. Video tapes include segments relevant to UAW issues and concerns.


  • Creation: 1935 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

The United Automobile Workers of America, affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, began their organization drive in Muncie in 1935. Two years later the workers of the Warner Gear Division of Muncie were chartered as the Local 287 on March 25, 1937. Local 287 has been involved in two strikes against BorgWarner (previously Warner Gear), once in 1953 that lasted for thirteen weeks, and another in 1989 that lasted for fifty-two days.

In 2007, BorgWarner requested to open contract negotiations with Local 287 due to decline in demand for the plant`s main product line: transfer cases for Ford Motor Company transmission systems. On December 18, 2007, workers rejected the request and the decision was made to close the plant. BorgWarner of Muncie closed in April 2009.


11.8 Cubic Feet (13 boxes, 2 VHS tapes, 1 oversize folder)

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Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: UAW-CIO, Local 287 history, 1937-1996

Series 2: UAW-CIO, Local 287 and BorgWarner agreements, 1937-1986

Series 3: UAW-CIO, Local 287 newsletters, 1952-2008

...Subseries 3.1: Warner Gear News newsletters, 1975-1983

...Subseries 3.2: UAW Solidarity newsletter, 1970, 2000

...Subseries 3.3: The Labor Beacon newsletters, 1952-2000, 2008

...Subseries 3.4: Shop Communications bulletin, 1995-1999

...Subseries 3.5: Shifting Times newsletters, 1995-1999

...Subseries 3.6: General newsletters, 1986-1989

Series 4: UAW-CIO, Local 287 constitution and by-laws, 1942-1986

Series 5: UAW-CIO, Local 287 benefits and pension brochures, 1961-1986

Series 6: UAW-CIO, Local 287 minutes, 1937-1987

...Subseries 6.1: Unbound minutes, 1939-1985

...Subseries 6.2: Bound minutes, 1937-1987

Series 7: UAW-CIO, Local 287 publications, 1951-1995

...Subseries 7.1: UAW-CIO, Local 287 proposed resolutions, 1967-1986

...Subseries 7.2: UAW-CIO, Local 287 presidential reports, 1964-1989

...Subseries 7.3: UAW-CIO constitutional convention proceedings, 1958-1984

...Subseries 7.4: UAW-CIO general publications, 1951-1995

Series 8: UAW-CIO, Local 287 subject files, 1935-2000

Series 9: UAW-CIO, Local 287 political correspondence and records, 1989-2002

Series10: UAW-CIO, Local 287 newspaper clippings, 1939-2015

Series 11: UAW-CIO, Local 287 awards and plaques, 1965-1995

Series 12: UAW-CIO, Local 287 oversized materials, 1937-1967

Series 12: UAW-CIO, Local 287 realia, 1976-2004

Series 14: UAW-CIO, Local 287 photographs, 1910-2011

...Subseries 14.1: Members and union events photographs, 1910-2011

...Subseries 14.2: Family and community events photographs, 1967-2002

...Subseries 14.3: Political photographs, 1990-2004

Series 15: UAW-CIO, Local 287 video recordings, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from UAW-CIO, Local 287 in 2004. The union charters were donated by William Lee Eller, Sr. in 1996 and combined with the records. Additional materials were donated by Bruce Reynolds on 2009/07/02 and by Dr. Warren Vander Hill on 2015/02/19 and 2015/6/29.


Further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS 185: BorgWarner, Inc. Gear O’ Gram newsletters, 1944-1972

MSS 178: Bill Yohler BorgWarner collection, 1918-1991

MSS 248: UAW-CIO, Local 499 records and photographs, 1940-2005

Crowder, Daniel Boyd, Profile in Progress: A History of Local 287, UAW-CIO. Ph.D. Thesis, Ball State University, 1969 [LD2489.Z68 1969 .C7]

We Make Our Own History: A Portrait of the UAW, 1986

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004/04/22 by J. Mullins. Finding aid created 2004/04/22 by J. Mullins. Finding aid revised 2007/03/20 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid revised 2009/08/24 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid completed 2009/08/24 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid revised 2011/04/03 by Helen Boyer. Collection processing and finding aid revised 2011/09/07 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection processing and finding aid revised 2015/02/23 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Collection processing and finding aid revised 2015/07/16 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA