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William Lucy Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002239
Philip Mason conducted an audio interview with William Lucy in 2001 and a video interview with him in 2002. In the 2001 interview, Lucy talks mainly about his involvement with CBTU (ahead of its thirtieth anniversary), as well as his background and education, issues facing women and African Americans in labor, and his views on the future of the labor movement. The 2002 interview covers Lucy's childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, his family's move to California, his education and engineering career, his entry into the labor movement, NAFTA and other issues facing the labor movement, and, primarily, his long involvement with AFSCME. The collection contains recordings from both interviews.

Dates

  • 2001-04-16
  • 2002-01-10

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.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet ((1 OS). ) : Consists of 9 audiocassettes and 6 Hi8 videotapes.

490.5 Megabytes ((6 files). ) : Consists of MP3s.

Abstract

William "Bill" Lucy was a long-serving leader in AFSCME. A civil engineer in Contra Costa, California, he joined AFSCME in 1956 and was involved in the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME from 1972 to 2010. He co-founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in 1972 and was involved in the civil rights and anti-Apartheid movements. Philip Mason conducted an audio interview with William Lucy in 2001 and a video interview with him in 2002. In the 2001 interview, Lucy talks mainly about his involvement with CBTU (ahead of its thirtieth anniversary), as well as his background and education, issues facing women and African Americans in labor, and his views on the future of the labor movement. The 2002 interview covers Lucy's childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, his family's move to California, his education and engineering career, his entry into the labor movement, NAFTA and other issues facing the labor movement, and, primarily, his long involvement with AFSCME. The collection contains recordings from both interviews.

History

William "Bill" Lucy was a long-serving leader in AFSCME. A civil engineer in Contra Costa, California, he joined AFSCME in 1956 and was involved in the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME from 1972 to 2010. He co-founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in 1972 and was involved in the civil rights and anti-Apartheid movements.

Arrangement

Recordings arranged numerically by interview number.

Acquisition

Deposited by Philip Mason, Walter P. Reuther Library, circa 2001 and 2002.

Other Copies

Audio-only copies of the 2002 video interview are available on audiocassette tapes and as digital files.

Related Materials

AFSCME Office of the Secretary-Treasurer: William Lucy Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on May 18, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the William Lucy Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-05-18
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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