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David Bonior Papers, Part I Edit

Summary

Identifier
LP001803
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Kathy Makas.
Finding Aid Date
2011-08-18
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English

Dates

  • 1976 – 2002 (Creation)
  • 1990 – 2002 (Creation)

Extents

  • 44.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (44 SB, 1 MB)

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Notes

  • Language of Materials

    Material entirely in English.

  • Abstract

    David Bonior (June 6, 1945 -) was a Michigan State Representative from 1973-76, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976-2002, serving as Democratic Whip from 1991-2002. Bonior was born in Detroit and raised in Hamtramck. He received his BA at University of Iowa and his MA at Chapman University. After college he worked as a probation officer in Detroit before volunteering four years in the Air Force from 1968-72. Upon returning he was elected to the Michigan legislature, and in 1976 was elected to the U.S. House. He was well known for his advocacy of minority rights, environmental concerns, working people’s rights, and Vietnam veterans. He was elected Democratic Whip in 1991, and was the longest Whip in the history of Congress. He left Congress in an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Michigan in 2001-02 where he ran against former Governor Jim Blanchard, and Attorney General Jennifer Granholm. His campaign centered around environmental concerns, minority rights, and the economy. Following his gubernatorial campaign, Bonior taught Labor Studies at Wayne State University and chaired the American Rights at Work program.

    Part I of the Bonior Papers include documents relating to his activities in the 10th and 12th Congressional districts of Michigan during his years in Congress, as well as his run for Governor. The collection focuses mainly on Michigan issues, particularly social, labor, and environmental. Bonior’s biographical information, district schedules and participation in events are included in the administrative series. A large portion of the collection centers around his bi-yearly campaigns and includes campaign literature, mailings, events, research, and polling and surveys of his congressional district. Also included are newspaper clippings, newsletters and press releases.

  • Acquisition

    The David Bonior Papers were donated to the Reuther in January 2003.

  • Processing History

    Finding aid written by Kathy Makas on August 18, 2011.

  • 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.

  • Citation Style

    "David Bonior Papers, Part I, Box [#], Folder [#], Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University"

  • Transfers

    Four video cassettes (Box 45) were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual department.

  • History

    David Bonior (June 6, 1945 -) was a Michigan State Representative from 1973-76, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976-2002, serving as Democratic Whip from 1991-2002. Bonior was born in Detroit and raised in Hamtramck. He received his BA at University of Iowa and his MA at Chapman University. After college he worked as a probation officer in Detroit before volunteering four years in the Air Force from 1968-72. Upon returning he was elected to the Michigan legislature, and in 1976 was elected to the U.S. House. He was well known for his advocacy of minority rights, environmental concerns, working people’s rights, and Vietnam veterans. He was elected Democratic Whip in 1991, and was the longest Whip in the history of Congress. He left Congress in an unsuccessful bid for Governor of Michigan in 2001-02 where he ran against former Governor Jim Blanchard, and Attorney General Jennifer Granholm. His campaign centered around environmental concerns, minority rights, and the economy. Following his gubernatorial campaign, Bonior taught Labor Studies at Wayne State University and chaired the American Rights at Work program.

  • Scope and Content

    Part I of the Bonior Papers include documents relating to his activities in the 10th and 12th Congressional districts of Michigan during his years in Congress, as well as his run for Governor. The collection focuses mainly on Michigan issues, particularly social, labor, and environmental. Bonior’s biographical information, district schedules and participation in events are included in the administrative series. A large portion of the collection centers around his bi-yearly campaigns and includes campaign literature, mailings, events, research, and polling and surveys of his congressional district. Also included are newspaper clippings, newsletters and press releases.

    Important Subjects: Abortion Education Environmental protection Great Lakes environment Labor Macomb County Michigan. Governor Michigan – Politics and government Minorities St. Clair County Unions, Labor Water – Pollution Women’s rights

    Important Names: Bonior, David Bonior, Judy Brdak, Brian Bruley, Ed Koch, Chris

    Matuzak, Julie Pfleuer, Erich

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into 5 series. Series I: Governor’s Race, 2000-2002 (Boxes 1-8) Series II: Administrative Files, 1976-2002 (Boxes 9-22) Series III: Campaign Files, 1976-2000 (Boxes 22-38) Series IV: Media, 1976-2000 (Boxes 38-44) Series V: Audio Visual, 1976-2000 (Boxes 44-45) Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

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