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Part 1


Scope and Content

From the Collection: Part I: The period covered by the collection is 1964-1971, with the bulk of material concerned with the period of 1966- 1970.

Among the Correspondents are: William L. Cahalan; Mildred M. Jeffrey; Jerome P. Cavanagh; Frank J. Kelley; John Conyers, Jr.; Sander Levin; Charles Diggs; Emil Lockwood; George C. Edwards; James McNeely; Max M. Fisher; Walter P. Reuther; Douglas Fraser; Jackie Vaughn III; Roman Gribbs; G. Mennen Williams; Fred Harris; Coleman A. Young; Joseph L. Hudson

Among important topics and organizations are: Areawide Health Operating Committee County Government Reorganization Democratic Party of Michigan Detroit High School Study Commission Elections: 1964 Congressional Race, 1966 Board of Auditors Race, 1969 Detroit Mayoral Race, 1970 Michigan Secretary of State Race Jefferson - Jackson Dinners (1967-1970) League for the Handicapped Mayors Committee for Human Resources Development NAACP NAACP Fight for Freedom Dinners (1965-1968) New Detroit, Inc Tax Reform Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) Tribute to Joe Louis United Community Services Wayne Couty Board of Auditors Wayne County Millage Proposals, including 1968 Proposition #1 YMCA

Series Description: Series 1, Wayne County: Includes correspondence, clippings, meeting notices and minutes, reports and studies of Wayne County government and organizations which either are related to the county or are multi-county in scope.

Series 2, General Files: It includes correspondence, clippings, meeting notices and minutes, reports and studies of organizations and activities not related strictly to Wayne County. Here will be found the bulk of the material concerning Detroit, Michigan, and occasionally the nation. Also, the political activities, including all the campaigns are filed here.

Series 3, Reports and Publications: It includes 9 folders or notebooks pertaining to a variety Publications or subjects. They were placed in their separate series primarily because of their bulky nature.
From the Collection: Part II: This collection contains newspaper clippings about Austin and Roman Gribb’s mayoral campaign, Austin’s professional accomplishments, and Detroit’s political climate in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Additionally, this collection holds documents, speeches, and correspondence about Austin’s bid for mayor, as well as his Secretary of State campaign. This collection also consists of correspondence and meeting minutes from the Wayne County Board of Auditors, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and the Luella Hannah Memorial Foundation.

Important Subjects: Detroit (Mich.) Michigan. Department of State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Association of Black Accountants United Way Wayne County (Mich.). Board of County Auditors

Important Names: Austin, Richard H. Booker T. Washington Business Association Gribbs, Roman S., 1925-


  • 1930 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1980

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 36.25 Linear Feet ((68 MB, 14 SB, 2 OS), 1 reel)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA