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Service Employees International Union Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001882
The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview was conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU, their involvement with SEIU, and their work experiences. Includes interviews with executive leadership, officials for locals and councils, and rank-and-file members. The core oral history program was administered by SEIU. Later contributions were added by Walter P. Reuther Library staff, plus one interview from UCLA. Some interviews span multiple tapes. Some participants recorded multiple interviews.
Interviews were conducted with the following 35 participants: Doris Armbrutz (Local 25); Charles Burt, Ray Van Heck, and Alfred Whitley (interviewed together; Local 1); John A. Coleman (Local 73); Bill Cooper (on the 1934 Boston Store Strike); John Cosgrove, John Enlosentini, Stan Billsky, John McNavb, and John Zuetella (interviewed together; Local 25); George Ehardt and William "Herb" Goetz (interviewed together; Local 46, Chicago); Ralph Eliaser (Director, SEIU Joint Council #8); Pat Ford (President, Local 616); Elinor Glenn (General Manager, Local 434; first female International Executive Board member; and SEIU Organizer; 2 interviews); Elsie Hannon (Joint Council 15); Arthur L. Harckham (Local 32B President/President Emeritus and International Executive Board; 2 interviews); George Hardy (International President; 2 interviews); George Hardy, Charles Levey, and Bob Crain (interviewed together; President, International Vice President, and international newsletter editor, respectively); Albert G. Hearn (International Vice President; President, Local 204, Toronto, Ontario); Martin Heckmann (Local 106); William A. Lee (President, Chicago Federation of Labor); Charles Levey (International President); Richard Liebes (Director, SEIU Joint Council #2); Harry Linder (Local 32B, New York, NY); Arline Neal (Local 82); Albert Perry (President, Local 32J); Marchel Smiley (President, Local 722); John Sorbie (International Vice President, Local 50); Andy Stern (International President); Anthony Teti (Local 252, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Cecil Ward (Local 32B); Thomas Young (Local 32B); John Zuetella (Local 25).

Dates

  • 1951 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1973 - 2005

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns.

For the Elinor Glenn interview conducted by William Van Benschoten, permission from the University Librarian, UCLA, is required for publication.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet ((3 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 31 printed transcripts, 49 audiocassettes, and 6 Hi8 videotapes.

250.2 Megabytes ((9 files). ) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005. The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU, their involvement with SEIU, and their work experiences. Includes interviews with executive leadership, officials for locals and councils, and rank-and-file members. The core oral history program was administered by SEIU. Later contributions were added by Walter P. Reuther Library staff, plus one interview from UCLA. Some interviews span multiple tapes. Some participants recorded multiple interviews.

History

The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005.

Arrangement

Transcripts and recordings are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to alphabetic arrangement by interviewee last name.

Custodial History

Past names for the project and the collection include "The Oral History Program: Service Employees International Union," "SEIU Oral History Interviews," and "SEIU Oral History Project"

Acquisition

Deposited by SEIU and added to by Walter P. Reuther Library staff.

Other Copies

Some transcripts were digitized and are available as PDF files. A portion of the Andy Stern interview exists on one duplicate audiocassette. Audiocassette copies available for the Pat Ford interview.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library, Alexandra Orchard, and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on May 10, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Service Employees International Union Oral History Interviews
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library, Alexandra Orchard, and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-05-10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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