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Series II: Subject Files, 1983-2008 (bulk, 1983-1996)


Scope and Content

From the Collection: This collection was created by Doug Fraser during his tenure as Professor of Labor Studies at Wayne State University. The collection includes some material collected during Fraser’s presidency of the UAW. The majority of the collection is material collected during Fraser’s tenure at WSU ending in his death in 2008. The collection demonstrates the personal relationships Doug maintained and developed in his role as a university professor. The collection includes interviews, speeches, presentations, and publications Doug engaged in during his time at WSU. The collection also demonstrates the multiple roles Doug held on national and local councils and committees.

Important Subjects: Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies Business Enterprise Trust College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs Council for National Health Issues Detroit Economic Club Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Edward L. Cushman Endowment Fund Governor’s Committee for the 21st Century Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Human Rights Japan Labor Law Latin America NAFTA Nat Weinberg Award New Directions Movement Race Relations Council of Metro Detroit Sam Fishman Memorial Fund South Africa Walter and May Reuther Memorial Fund Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Committee

Important Names: David Adamany Owen Bieber Irving Bluestone Sam Fishman Sheldon Friedman Ronald Gettelfinger Melvin Glasser Rev. Msgr. George G. Higgins Lee Iacocca Mildred Jeffery Lane Kirkland Ernie Lofton Philip Mason Peter Pestillo Victor Reuther Jacob Sheinkman Sue Mary Smock Don Stillman Stephen Yokich Leonard Woodcock

Series Description: Series I: Correspondence, 1983-2006 (bulk, 1983-1996) Series I consists of personal and professional correspondence collected by Doug Fraser during his tenure as Professor of Labor Studies at Wayne State University. The personal correspondence illuminates the relationships Doug developed and maintained during his presidency at the UAW and his tenure at WSU. The professional correspondence demonstrates Doug’s role as Professor of Labor Studies, as well as, the various committees and councils Doug served on outside of the university. Subjects covered in the correspondence include: presentations, degrees/awards, scholarship funds, politics, and the economy in Michigan. The correspondence includes: memos, letters, cards, news clippings, and publications.

Subseries A: General Correspondence Subseries A consist of general correspondence written to Doug Fraser from various individuals within his professional life. The correspondence demonstrates Doug’s continued involvement with the UAW, with both the leadership of the union and on the local level. The correspondence also demonstrates Doug’s continued role in the labor movement overall, corresponding with the individuals in the AFL-CIO and other labor leaders. The correspondence also reflects professional relationships Doug developed within the Wayne State University community, reflecting Doug’s emerging career in academia as a visiting professor and scholar. Index to Subseries A follows container listing.

Subseries B: Personal Correspondence Subseries B contain the personal correspondence between Doug Fraser and his close friends and relatives. This group of correspondence was organized in a binder in alphabetical order by Doug Fraser’s administrative assistant (original order was maintained). This correspondence reflects Doug’s personality and commitment to his friends and family. The majority of correspondence consists of handwritten notes, often addressing individuals by their first name or by a nickname, demonstrating the level of intimacy Doug held with these correspondents.

Series II: Subject Files, 1983-2008 (bulk, 1983-1996) Series II consists of subject files created and maintained by Doug Fraser during his tenure at Wayne State. The coursework portion of the series reflects Doug’s role as educator in University community. The coursework includes course descriptions, publications for the course packs, and handwritten notes for lectures. This series also demonstrates Doug’s continued public service commitment, showing his engagement with various committees and councils. This series demonstrates his work on the Business Enterprise Trust Committee, the Committee for National Health Insurance, and the Race-Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit. This series also demonstrates Doug’s continued personal exploration in the field of economics, politics, and international affairs. The documents in this series include: handwritten notes, memos, correspondence, publications, and draft reports.

Series III: Presentations and Publications, 1976-1998 (1983-1991) Series III consists of presentations and publications collected by Doug Fraser during his tenure at WSU. This series includes interviews with or publications about Doug Fraser, as well as, presentations and publications authored by Doug Fraser. Following his retirement from the UAW Doug Fraser was periodically interviewed by various individuals, from graduate students to professional talk show hosts. These interviews resulted in publications appearing in both scholarly and popular media venues. The presentations and publications authored by Doug Fraser include published and unpublished writings, statements to the US House and Senate, and presentations at UAW conferences. The published writings of Doug Fraser range from local news articles to scholarly journal articles and book chapters. The documents in this series include: drafts, published works, speech notes, and formal resolutions.

Subseries A: Interviews and Publications, 1978-1998 Subseries A consists of interviews and publications about Doug Fraser that appear in various publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and the Automotive Intelligence Report. The subjects covered in the interviews are current politics, the auto industry, and Doug’s public service endeavors. Student essays and thesis written about Doug Fraser are also contained within this series.

Subseries B: Doug Fraser Public Speeches and Publications, 1976-1994 Subseries B consists of public speeches and publications created and maintained by Doug Fraser during his tenure at WSU. The presentations in this subseries include: statements and remarks to Senate and House committees, speeches to UAW conferences and local unions, as well as, statements to various local and national organizations. The publications within this series consist of articles and book chapters authored by Doug Fraser. The subjects contained in these presentations and publications include Healthcare, Labor Relations, Employment and Job Security.

Subseries C: Patrick J. Wright Interviews, 1981-1983 Subseries C is composed of personal interviews with Douglas Fraser conducted by Patrick J. Wright. Wright is the author of On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors, an expose on mismanagement in the auto industry. Wright, a journalist for Business Week Magazine, covered the auto industry for over 13 years. Wright also published for Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. During the time period of the interviews Doug was engaged in the Chrysler federal loan, serving on the Chrysler Board of Directors, and working to ensure a smooth transition for the leadership of the UAW. These interviews provide insight into the topics above, as well as, Doug’s early life, his experiences with Walter Reuther, and his experience with the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters. Throughout the interviews Doug and Pat discuss the “proposal” alluding to a possible book to be published from the interviews. The book proposal Doug and Pat discussed has not result in a publication.

Series IV: Audio Visual Materials Series IV contians audio visual materials collected by Doug Fraser during his tenure at Wayne State University. Items within this series consist of 3 Dimensional awards, audio tapes, video tapes, and broadcast quality video recordings.


  • 1976 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 1992

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 5 Linear Feet (5 SB)

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA