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Sam Fishman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001693
The materials in the collection represent Fishman’s time in the UAW and AFL-CIO. There are also materials related to the Democratic Party in local, state and national elections. The bulk of the materials range from 1980 to 1984, when Fishman headed the UAW CAP and the MI AFL-CIO, and correspond to the 1980, 1982 and 1984 elections. Additionally there are materials related to Fishman’s interests in the Social Democrats and Israel.

Important Subjects: AFL-CIO Michigan AFL-CIO UAW UAW-AFL-CIO Democratic Party—Michigan Democratic Party Worker’s Compensation Labor History—20th Century Social Democrats USA Democratic National Committee

Important Names: Manatt, Charles T. Reagan, Ronald Fraser, Douglas Bieber, Owen Bluestone, Irving Kennedy, Ted Mondale, Walter F. Blanchard, Jim Levin, Carl Levin, Sander Kirkland, Lane Ferency, Zoltan A. (1922-1993) Riegle, Donald W. , 1938- Milliken, William G., 1922-

Dates

  • 1966 - 1986
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1984

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. 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.

Extent

14.5 Linear Feet (12 SB, 2 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Sam Fishman was born January 24, 1924 and spent the majority of his adult life involved with the labor movement in Michigan. He was originally an assembler and machinist for the Ford Motor Company and eventually became an official in UAW Local 400. He later was elected Vice-President of UAW Local 99 and then President of UAW Local 36 at the Ford Assembly Plant. Fishman would go on to serve as head of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) for 12 years until his election as president of the Michigan State AFL-CIO in 1983. Fishman was heavily involved with the Democratic Party and was a dominant figure in not only Michigan, but also national politics during the late 1970s and 1980s. Fishman passed away in 1987.

The materials in the collection represent Fishman’s time in the UAW and AFL-CIO. There are also materials related to the Democratic Party in local, state and national elections. The bulk of the materials range from 1980 to 1984, when Fishman headed the UAW CAP and the MI AFL-CIO, and correspond to the 1980, 1982 and 1984 elections. Additionally there are materials related to Fishman’s interests in the Social Democrats and Israel.

History

Sam Fishman was born January 24, 1924 and spent the majority of his adult life involved with the labor movement in Michigan. He was originally an assembler and machinist for the Ford Motor Company and eventually became an official in UAW Local 400. He later was elected Vice-President of UAW Local 99 and then President of UAW Local 36 at the Ford Assembly Plant. Fishman would go on to serve as head of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) for 12 years until his election as president of the Michigan State AFL-CIO in 1983. Fishman was heavily involved with the Democratic Party and was a dominant figure in not only Michigan, but also national politics during the late 1970s and 1980s. Fishman passed away in 1987.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The Sam Fishman Papers were placed in the Reuther Library on July 25, 1997, Some material was accrued at a later date.

Related Materials

Douglas A. Fraser Papers, Irving Bluestone Papers, Peter Eckstein Papers, UAW President’s Office: Owen Bieber Records, Part I and II; UAW Local 36 Records, UAW Local 400 Records, MI, AFL-CIO Lansing Office Records

Transfers

One folder of original correspondence with Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and other important political figures was placed in the vault. Copies of these letters can be found in the collection. Audiovisual recordings (Box 15) were transferred to the AV Department.

Processing History

Finding aid written by William Dawson on February 12, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Sam Fishman Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by William Dawson.
Date
2013-02-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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