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Olive R. Beasley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP000081
The papers of Mrs. Beasley reflect her career with Michigan Agencies and organizations concerned with civil rights and to a lesser degree her involvement with labor unions and Michigan politics.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: AFSCME Civil Rights and Minority Groups, 1948-1972 Fair Employment Practices, 1951-1973 Labor Unions and Michigan Politics, 1952-1973

Among the important correspondents are: Mildred Jeffrey Donald Riegle G. Mermen Williams Jerry Wurf
Series Description: Series I, Civil Rights: Minority Groups, 1948-1972: Memoranda, newsletters, reports and clippings relating to the rights of American Indians, blacks, Hispanics, senior citizens and women. Some files relate to civil rights organizations.

Series II, Civil Rights: Fair Employment Practices, 1951-1973: Correspondence, memoranda, reports and clippings relating to Michigancivil rights agencies and the enactment and implementation of fair employment legislation.

Series III, Labor and Politics, 1952-1973: Correspondence, reports and other items concerning AFSCME and Michigan Public Service employees. Some items relate to the Michigan Democratic Party.

Series IV, Governor's Award and Other Activities, 1950-1972: Correspondence and testimonial letters relating to Mrs. Beasley's nomination for the Governor's Award for Distinguished Public Employees. Also included in this series are an article by Mrs. Beasley and material relating to her interest in the United Nations.

Dates

  • 1948 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1972

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: 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

1.25 Linear Feet (3 MB)

Abstract

Olive R. Beasley led a career devoted to improving human and civil rights for minority groups. She served as secretary and later as executive director of the Michigan Committee on Civil Rights and was a member of the Fair Employment Practices Commission. She continued to serve its successor, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission as executive director of the Flint office. She also held numerous posts in labor and community organizations in Detroit and Flint including president of AFSCME Local 52, Detroit area; vice-president of AFSCME Council 7, Michigan; executive board member, Michigan AFL-CIO; and secretary of the Detroit League of Women Voters. In 1972 she received the Governor's Award for Distinguished Public Service Employees.

The papers reflect Mrs. Beasley's career with Michigan agencies and organizations concerned with civil rights and, to a lesser degree, her involvement with labor unions and Michigan politics.

History

Olive Beasley was born January 2,1903. She graduated from the Central YMCA High School, Chicago,Illinois and subsequently received her B.A. degree from the same institution in 1941.

She came to Michigan in 1947 to begin a career devoted to improving human and civil rights of minority groups. She served as Secretary and later as Executive Director of the Michigan Committee on Civil Rights and was a member of the Fair Employment Practices Commission which was established in 1959. She continued to serve its: successor, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission as Executive Director of the Flint office. She held numerous posts in labor and community organizations in both Detroit and Flint. Among them were president, Local 52, Detroit Area Union of State Employees; Vice-President, Council 7, Michigan State Employees Union; Executive Board Member, Michigan AFL-CIO and Secretary, Detroit League of Women Voters. In 1972 she received the Governor's Award for Distinguished Public Service Employees.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2), Series 3 (Box 2), and Series 4 (Box 3). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The papers of Olive Rankin Beasley were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs during the period November, 1963 through January 1974 by Mrs. Beasley.

Transfers

Selective issues of labor journals and periodicals and pamphlets dealing primarily with civil liberties have been placed in the Archives Library. A list of these publications have been placed in the case file.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in January 1983.
Title
Guide to the Olive R. Beasley Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1983-01
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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