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Dan Georgakas Papers

Identifier: UP001041

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection were assembled during his research for Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution, which he wrote with Marvin Surkin. These papers document the activities of black radical groups in Detroit in the late 1960's and early 1970's and are closely related to those in the Detroit Revolutionary Movements Collection.

Important Subjects: Black Economic Development Conference Black Star Productions Black Workers Congress Cockrel, Kenneth 1967 Detroit Riot Forman, James Johnson, James League of Revolutionary Black Workers Motor City Labor League Police Harassment and Brutality Plant Safety: Eldon Ave (Chrysler) plant Quality of Worklife: Black Workers Radical Movements: Detroit Radical Movements: Political Education Ravitz, Justin Watson, John Wildcat Strikes: Chrysler Corporation

Abbreviations: BEDC Black Economic Development Conference BSP Black Star Productions BWC Black Workers Congress CCC Control, Conflict, Change DARE Detroit Alliance for a Rational Economy DPD Detroit Police Department DRUM Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement FGU From the Ground Up IRCO Interregligious Foundation for Community Organization, Inc. LRBW League of Revloutionary Black Workers MCLL Motor Citv Labor League PASCC Parents and Students for Community Control STRESS Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets UBW United Black Workers (Ford Motor Plant, Mahwah, N.J.)

Series Description: Series I: Subject Files, 1964-1980 Reports and publications, correspondence, transcripts of interviews and notes which document the writing of Detroit, I Do Mind Dying. This series includes general subjects as well as names of people and groups.

Series II: Publications, 1958 1980 General literary and political publications. Included in this series are examples of poetry written by Detroit area poets.


  • 1958 - 1980


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Part 2: Material primarily in English with some Italian.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Dan Georgakas was born in Detroit in 1938 and earned a B. A. in history from Wayne State University in 1959 and an M. A. in labor history from the University of Michigan in 1961. He later was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Greece in 1962.

He taught English and social studies in Detroit secondary schools from 1959 until 1964 and he also taught at the Overseas School of Rome, Italy. In 1972 he joined the staff of LaGuardia Community College in New York, where he lectures in English and history.

Georgakas has published poetry, articles, historical pamphlets and reviews in addition to his non fiction books on a broad range of subjects, including American Indians, longevity, films, the IWW, the Greek diaspora and black revolutionaries. Among his works are: The Broken Hoop, Red Shadows, The Methuselah Factors, Detroit, I Do Mind Dying, and Through Another Lens.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 MB)


An author of poetry and non-fiction, Dan Georgakas’ publications include the book: Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution. Mr. Georgakas’ papers represent research collected for Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, documenting the activities of Detroit African American radical groups in the 1960’s and 1970’s.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), and Series 2 (Boxes 5-6) Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The papers of Dan Georgakas were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Mr. Georgakas in April of 1981 and were opened for research in April of 1982.

Related Materials

Reuther Library Collections: Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records (Part 2 Series IV, Publications)

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 1982.
Guide to the Dan Georgakas Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA