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Detroit Industrial Mission Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000131
Part I: The Detroit Industrial Mission Collection covers the period from 1954 to 1958.

The important subject is: The relationship of the Church with the factory worker.

Description of Series: Series 1: The material covers the period from 1954 to 1958. The bulk of the material consists of papers written by members of the four projects mentioned in the biographical sketch of this finding aid. The collection is divided by the four projects.
Part II: The records of the Detroit Industrial Mission document the organization’s development and their activities with emphasis on the 1960s through the early 1970s. The records contain project files and administrative files. DIM project files specifically document the organization’s activities within industry including workshops, interviews, and the mission’s offerings of strategy for the individual industries that sought help. Administrative files collectively document material generated by the mission staff including correspondence, financial records, and subject files used for research. These materials may also be found throughout the entirety of the records.

Important Subjects: Church and labor--Michigan--Detroit. Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity. Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century Detroit Industrial Mission Employment and social affairs. Equality between women and men Industrial relations Industrial sociology--United States. Missions--Industrial work Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity. Important Names: Allyn, Compton Argyris, Chris, 1923- Batchelder, Robert C. Campbell, James M. Christman, Jesse E. Coleman, George D. Grindley, Robert F. Hannahs, Eugene W. Hinsberg, Fr. Thomas F. Paradise, Scott I. Schottstädt, Bruno Stackhouse, Max L. White, E. Douglas White, Hugh C.

Series Description: Series I: Project Files, 1961-1977 Series II: Administrative Files, 1956-1978

Dates

  • 1954 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1973

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection is predominately in English; materials in German are indicated at the file level.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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

44.25 Linear Feet (4 MB, 41 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The Detroit Industrial Mission (DIM) was an ecumenical organization that was founded on the premise of a need for a better understanding between the worker, management and religion. It aimed to serve all churches and types of industry. The industrial mission, organized by the Rev. Hugh C. White in October 1956, sought to organize independently of the formal structures of any denomination. The mission engaged directly with varying types of industry to explore with managers and their workers the relevance of their work and Christianity; ultimately the goal was to discover the meaning of work. They sought men and women who were eager to pursue the quest for industrial expression of faith and to develop a greater quality of life within industry consistent with the industrial institution. Ultimately, they intended to foster human good between the work experience and theological ideas of men, industry, and the religious tradition. Due to financial constraints, the Detroit Industrial Mission folded in 1978.

Part 1, includes correspondence, reports, project evaluations, and various papers by project members.

Part 2, documents the organization’s development and their activities with emphasis on the 1960s through the early 1970s. The records contain project files and administrative files. DIM project files specifically document the organization’s activities within industry including workshops, interviews, and the mission’s offerings of strategy for the individual industries that sought help. Administrative files collectively document material generated by the mission staff including correspondence, financial records, and subject files used for research. These materials may also be found throughout the entirety of the records.

History

Part I: The project began in 1954 from an idea formulated by a group of seminarians at Princeton Seminary. For two years it was a loosely knit group of people interested in studying the role of the church in relationship to industry. After graduation from the seminary, the group kept together by group letters. These letters are headed the "Industrial Ministry Group."

The second stage of this group was called the "Ecorse Project" in which three members of the group became Co-Pastors of the Ecorse Prssbyterian Church. After two years the Ecorse Project was changed to the "Presbyterian Industrial Project-Detroit. This new project continued for two and one-half years, at which time it was closed out and two of its members became associated with the Detroit Industrial Mission.

Arrangement

Part I: Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4). The Detroit Industrial material is arranged alphabetically and the other three chronologically.
Part II: Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 5-26), and Series 2 (Boxes 27-46). 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.

Acquisition

Part I: The papers of the Detroit Industrial Mission were deposited with the Labor History Archives in February and March, 1965 by Jesse Christman,
Part II: The Detroit Industrial Mission records were first deposited at the Walter P. Reuther Library in December 1977, with subsequent deposits in May 1984 and July 2005.

Related Materials

Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by D.Z.D. in August 1966.
Part II: FInding aid written by Leslie Van Veen on May 16, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Industrial Mission Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1966-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2013-04-16: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Leslie Van Veen.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA