William J. Grede papers, 1909-1979

Grede, Bill, 1897-1989

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 37.6 c.f. (95 archives boxes)
    • 7 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 6 tape recordings, and
    • 16 disc recordings; plus
    • additions of 410 photographs and
    • 30 negatives
  • OCLC ocn173712914, ocn173701545
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of a Milwaukee industrialist, business leader, national YMCA executive, and spokesman for political conservatism. Included are correspondence, financial records, minutes, memoranda, reports, speech materials, tape recordings, and newsclippings from Grede's activity in Grede Foundries, the J.I. Case Company, the John Birch Society, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the YMCA. Also included are labor files documenting Grede's long-time resistance to unionization and union activity and his participation in the tri-partite panels of the Regional Board of the National Labor Relations Board. Other files concern his involvement with Carroll College, the Rampart College Freedom School, the League to Uphold Congregational Principles, and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
  • Correspondents include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Hubert Humphrey, John F. Kennedy, Joseph McCarthy, Richard M. Nixon, and Robert A. Taft.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and described in the register. Additional photographic accessions are described below.


  • Newsclippings in this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Speeches are also available on microfilm.
  • The original disc recordings are now also available on tape.
  • Presented by Wm. J. Grede, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1977-1979.
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