Gelles, Catherine, 1907-1985
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract A charter member and president of Women's Auxiliary 15, Catherine "Babe" Gelles (1907-1985) served as secretary-treasurer and, later, an international representative of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Women's Auxiliaries. She also served as vice-president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) National Auxiliaries. Gelles's papers reflect her work in the labor movement and the history of UAW women's auxiliaries.
Dates: 1937 - 1981; Majority of material found within 1937 - 1971
Abstract In the fall of 1983 Professor James Moore recorded an oral history interview with Shelton Tappes and Catherine "Babe" Gelles, both early organizers for the United Auto Workers Union (UAW). Taped in Tappes’ Detroit home, the interviewees gave firsthand account of 1937's "Battle of the Overpass," a brutal response by members of the Ford Service Department to the UAW organizing effort against Ford Motor Company. The interview lends offers two different vantage points: Gelles’, as that of a member...