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Briggs Strike Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002211
Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts for three interviews. Briggs workers and labor organizers John W. Anderson (Briggs metal worker and IWW organizer), William V. Banks (attorney and Detroit head of the International Labor Defense, later founder of WGPR TV and radio stations), and Fred Valle (barber and IWW organizer) talk about their involvement in the Briggs strike of 1933. Valle also discusses his background and ideology.

Dates

  • 1975-02-19 - 1975-02-26

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.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 3 items). ) : Consists of 3 printed transcripts and 3 audiocassettes.

34.8 Megabytes ((3 files). ) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

In 1975, James Coppess interviewed labor organizers involved in the 1933 Briggs strike in Detroit, as part of research for his master's thesis at Wayne State University. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for three interviews. Briggs workers and labor organizers John W. Anderson (Briggs metal worker and IWW organizer), William V. Banks (attorney and Detroit head of the International Labor Defense, later founder of WGPR TV and radio stations), and Fred Valle (barber and IWW organizer) talk about their involvement in the Briggs strike of 1933. Valle also discusses his background and ideology.

History

In 1975, James Coppess interviewed labor organizers involved in the 1933 Briggs strike in Detroit, as part of research for his master's thesis at Wayne State University.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to an alphabetical arrangement by interviewee last name.

Acquisition

Donated by James B. Coppess, circa 1975.

Other Copies

Transcripts were digitized and are available as PDF files.

Related Materials

John Anderson Papers, Fred Valle Papers

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on July 6, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Briggs Strike Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-07-06
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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