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Union Minorities/Women Leadership Training Project Records

Identifier: LR001108

Scope and Content

The Union Minorities/Women Leadership Training Project Collection consists of correspondence, program materials and progress reports, participant questionnaires, project publications and other items documenting the training of African Americans, Latinos and women for leadership positions within their unions and communities.

Important subjects in the collection: African-American, Latino and women labor union members African-American, Latino and women workers Labor education programs in Michigan

Important correspondents in the collection: Marilyn Boyd Robert Cunningham Carroll Hutton Dorothy Jones Dolores (Dee) Lyons Gerard Pittman JoAnn Sharkey Don Stevens


  • 1976 - 1981


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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The Union Minorities/Women Leadership Training Project, funded by state and federal grants, offered classes in communication skills, assertiveness training and leadership development on college campuses and in labor union halls throughout Michigan from 1978 through 1981. At the time, it was the only program of its kind in the country. Staff from labor studies programs at six Michigan universities and union civil rights, women's and education departments worked together to determine program needs and content and recruit students. Project directors at Wayne State University, The University of Michigan and Michigan State University designed program formats and resource materials specifically targeted at urban minority, women and Hispanic workers, respectively.


2.5 Linear Feet (1 MB, 2 SB)


African-American, Latino and women workers and labor union members; labor education programs in Michigan; Robert Cunningham; Don Stevens; UM/WLTP


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The records of the Union Minorities/Women Leadership Training Project were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1983 by Project coordinator, Robert Cunningham.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April 2006.
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Repository Details

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