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Ruth Milkman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002097
The Ruth Milkman Papers are predominantly research materials for her published reports on the employee buyouts at the GM Linden Plant in New Jersey. Included are various articles, studies, clippings, and UAW published materials she used in her research. Of particular note are Milkman’s oral history interviews with plant workers, which were critical to her reports on the GM Linden Plant.
Seventy-three oral history interviews were recorded with individuals or groups. Some of the group interviews are with groups of named individuals and others include the following general groups: Linden Workers and AGU Apprentices; Clark Workers; Focus Groups #1 and #2; and Plant Tour. Recordings exist for all 73 interviews.

Transcripts exist for all but 12 interviews: Linden Workers and AGU apprentices, Plant Tour, and 10 interviews with individuals.

In conducting and publishing her research, Ruth Milkman assigned pseudonyms to all of her interviewees. Interviewees are identified by real name in the papers and recordings. Consult the Use Restriction Note for guidance.

Dates

  • 1975 - 1994
  • Majority of material found within 1978 - 1991

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.

Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law. Permission to quote from or publish oral history interviews or identify any interviewee by name must be obtained from the Library Director, donor, and/or interviewee.

Extent

6.75 Linear Feet ((5 SB, 2 OS), 1 photograph.) : Includes 103 audiocassettes.

Abstract

Ruth Milkman (1954-) is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the academic director at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her professional focus is labor and labor movements, and she has published on a variety of topics revolving around work and organized labor in the United States. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from the University of California, Berkley. Milkman’s early research focused on women workers during the economic and war crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. Her next period of research focused on the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry and its impact on its workers and unions. She also studied Japanese-owned factories in California at this time. Her studies now focus on low wage immigrant workers, including their working conditions and labor organizations.

The Ruth Milkman Papers are predominantly research materials for her published reports on the employee buyouts at the GM Linden Plant in New Jersey. Included are various articles, studies, clippings, and UAW published materials she used in her research. Of particular note are Milkman’s interviews with plant workers, which were critical to her reports on the GM Linden Plant.

History

Ruth Milkman (1954-) is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the academic director at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her professional focus is labor and labor movements, and she has published on a variety of topics revolving around work and organized labor in the United States. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from the University of California, Berkley. Milkman’s early research focused on women workers during the economic and war crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. Her next period of research focused on the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry and its impact on its workers and unions. She also studied Japanese-owned factories in California at this time. Her studies now focus on low wage immigrant workers, including their working conditions and labor organizations.

Arrangement

Folders in this collection are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection. Audiotapes are arranged alphabetically by last name of the interviewee.

Acquisition

Donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Ruth Milkman on December 23, 2009.

Copies

Duplicate tapes exist for 30 interviews.

Related Materials

UAW Local 595 Records

Transfers

Audiotapes (Boxes 6-7) and one photograph (see AV Material) were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kaitlyn Jedro on July 2, 2013. Oral history materials processed and finding aid revised by Rebecca Bizonet on September 10, 2015.
Title
Guide to the Ruth Milkman Papers
Status
completed
Author
Written by Katelyn Jedro; revised by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2013-06-25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • 2015-09-10: Added and expanded oral history information.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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