Henry Kraus (1906, in Knoxville, Tennessee - January 27, 1995 in Paris) was a labor historian, and European art historian.[1]

He graduated from the University of Chicago and Western Reserve University with a master's degree in 1928. He was an organizer of the Flint Sit-Down Strike,[2] and edited The Flint Auto Worker.[3] Sol Dollinger was critical of his account of the strike.[4]

He married Dorothy Kraus, who helped organize the UAW Women's Auxiliary.[5] He was the first editor of the United Automobile Workers' newspaper, The United Auto Worker. He moved to Paris, and worked as a European correspondent for World Wide Medical News Service. His papers are at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.[6][7]


Archival Collections

The Henry Kraus Papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library date from 1926-1960. His papers reflect his attempts to organize auto workers and the early history of the United Automobile Workers from 1935-1941. Particularly well-documented in the collection are the Flint sit-down strike and factionalism within the UAW.



External links

  • "Kraus", University of Michigan-Flint Labor History Project