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Ann Shafer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP001480
The papers of Ann Shafer consist of correspondence, meeting reports and minutes, conference material, clippings and publications relating to women in the labor movement, civil rights, politics and women's rights.

Important subjects in the collection: Abortion Bella Abzug Aged American Federation of Grainmillers Calhoun County, Michigan Politics Coalition of Labor Union Women Democratic Party—Michigan Discrimination in Employment—Michigan Emily's List Equal Pay for Equal Work Equal Rights Amendment Martha Griffiths Head Start Program W. K. Kellogg Company National Organization for Women Reproductive Freedom Sex Discrimination Against Women—Michigan Sojourner Truth Gloria Steinem Watergate Women in Politics—Michigan Women in the Labor Movement—Michigan Women in Trade Unions—Michigan Women Labor Leaders—Michigan Women—Employment Women's Rights

Important correspondents in the collection: James Blanchard Power Custer Martha Griffiths Philip A. Hart Carl Levin Olga Madar William and Helen Milliken Donald W. Riegle, Jr. Howard Wolpe

Dates

  • 1950 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1990

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

6 Linear Feet (6 SB)

Abstract

Ann Shafer has lobbied in support of women's issues, including equal pay, sex and employment discrimination, reproductive freedom, and pregnancy disability benefits throughout her career. She began working in 1946 for W.K. Kellogg Company and was active in the American Federation of Grainmillers, retiring in 1983. She has been involved with the Michigan Democratic Party politics, co-founded a chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and was one of the founding members of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Ann Shafer's papers reflect her experiences with women in the labor movement, civil rights, politics, and women's rights.

History

Ann Shafer was born on July 6, 1919. In 1946, she began working at cereal-maker W. K. Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan and served as an officer of Local 3 of the American Federation of Grainmillers. She retired in 1983. She has been active in the Michigan Democratic Party, was appointed to the Michigan Women's Commission from 1975 to 1977, and was first elected to the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners in 1978.

Throughout her career, Ms. Shafer has lobbied in support of women's issues, including equal pay, sex and employment discrimination, reproductive freedom, and pregnancy disability benefits. She co-founded the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek chapters of NOW and in 1974, became one of the founding members of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, taking over the vice-presidency of the Michigan region in 1975.

Arrangement

Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.

Transfers

Some photographs, videotapes, bumper stickers, and presidential memorabilia have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection, and a few books and contracts are available in the Archives Library.

One folder containing letters with original signatures (Michigan Governor James Blanchard and United States President Jimmy Carter) has been placedin the vault.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Ann Shafer Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2019-05-31: Guide updated by Alexandra A. A. Orchard to reflect vault material.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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