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SEIU Executive Vice President's Office: Patricia Ford Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002423
The SEIU Executive Vice President’s Office: Patricia Ford Records contains digital transcripts of 25 speeches given by Patricia Ford during her tenure as SEIU Executive Vice President. The records particularly reveal Ford’s involvement with organizations such as CBTU, CLUW, and NAACP. Also included is one folder of photographs, primarily featuring Ford at various SEIU events.

Important Subjects: African-Americans Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Labor Service Employees International Union Women in the Labor Movement

Important Names: Ford, Patricia Ford, Pat

Dates

  • 1997 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 2002 - 2004

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.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)

3.5 Megabytes (25 files)

Abstract

In 1973, Pat Ford, then a clerical worker at Alameda County Hospital, aided in the creation of Local 616 by affiliating the 4000-member association with SEIU. Ford held various leadership positions in Local 616, including president (the Local’s first African-American woman president), and Executive Director. In addition to Ford’s service to Local 616, in 1996 she was elected as SEIU Executive Vice President, and reelected in 2000. During her tenure with SEIU, Ford helped to found the Caucus of African Descent (AFRAM), lead SEIU’s government affairs program, and coordinated SEIU’s civil and human rights activism. A full biography on Patricia Ford, may be found in Ford’s oral history held at the Reuther Library.

The SEIU Executive Vice President’s Office: Patricia Ford Records contains digital transcripts of 25 speeches given by Patricia Ford during her tenure as SEIU Executive Vice President. The records particularly reveal Ford’s involvement with organizations such as CBTU, CLUW, and NAACP. Also included is one folder of photographs, primarily featuring Ford at various SEIU events.

History

In 1973, Pat Ford, then a clerical worker at Alameda County Hospital, aided in the creation of Local 616 by affiliating the 4000-member association with SEIU. Ford held various leadership positions in Local 616, including president (the Local’s first African-American woman president), and Executive Director. In addition to Ford’s service to Local 616, in 1996 she was elected as SEIU Executive Vice President, and reelected in 2000. During her tenure with SEIU, Ford helped to found the Caucus of African Descent (AFRAM), lead SEIU’s government affairs program, and coordinated SEIU’s civil and human rights activism. A full biography on Patricia Ford, may be found in Ford’s oral history held at the Reuther Library.

Arrangement

Speech transcripts reflect the order of the digital files, as received.

Acquisition

These materials were given to the Reuther Library by Pat Ford in April and May of 2013.

Other Copies

Digitized copies of the speech transcripts may be found on the Reuther's website: https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/search/node/pat+ford+speech+transcript

Related Materials

SEIU Executive Office Records

Transfers

The photograph folder was transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Alexandra A. A. Orchard on June 24, 2013.
Title
Guide to the SEIU Executive Vice President's Office: Patricia Ford Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Alexandra A. A. Orchard.
Date
2013-06-24
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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