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Mildred Jeffrey Oral History

 Item
Identifier: LOH002295
Collection consists of recordings of two interviews. Jeffrey discusses her childhood in rural Iowa, family, education, entry into the workforce and the labor movement, her long career with the UAW, political activism for civil rights and women's rights, activities with the Democratic Party, and community involvement in Detroit.
The interviews can be divided approximately as follows: childhood and family life (tape 1); childhood, social life in rural Iowa, move to Minnesota, education, beginning of working life, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America New Orleans strike in 1939 (tape 2); worker conditions in the 1930s, the 1937 Louisville women garment workers sitdown strike, impressions of World War Two starting in Europe, her and her husband's move to Detroit, association with the Reuthers, impressions of first day working for the UAW, heading up the Women's Bureau of the Fair Practices Department (tape 6); work as head of the Women's Bureau, outreach to "Rosie the Riveters," child care and other issues affecting women workers, recruitment of women to union committees and leadership positions, union counseling program, work and friendships with other women leaders such as Olga Madar, life in the 1940s and into the 1950s, lifelong commitment to civil rights, political activities for the Democratic Party, local community and political involvement including Save Our Schools/Serve Our Schools school board reform efforts (tape 7). Tapes 3 and 4 are inaudible. Tape 5 is missing.

Dates

  • 2002-08-08
  • 2002-08-28

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

10 items : (6 Hi8 videotapes and 4 audiocassettes)

Abstract

In August 2002, Mike Smith interviewed UAW labor leader and civil rights and women's rights activist Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit. Jeffrey was the UAW’s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Women’s Bureau, Community Relations Department, and Consumer Affairs Department. Collection consists of recordings of two interviews. Jeffrey discusses her childhood in rural Iowa, family, education, entry into the workforce and the labor movement, her long career with the UAW, political activism for civil rights and women's rights, activities with the Democratic Party, and community involvement in Detroit.

History

In August 2002, Mike Smith interviewed UAW labor leader and civil rights and women's rights activist Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit. Jeffrey was the UAW’s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Women’s Bureau, Community Relations Department, and Consumer Affairs Department.

Acquisition

Donated by Mike Smith, Walter P. Reuther Library, circa August 2008.

Other Copies

Duplicate audio recordings of tapes 1, 2, 6, and 7 are available on audiocassette.

Related Materials

Mildred Jeffrey Papers, UAW Community Relations: Mildred Jeffrey Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on June 30, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Millie Jeffrey Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-06-30
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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Detroit MI 48202 USA