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Dave Miller Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 11
Identifier: LOH002062
Collection consists of an interview transcript. Miller talks about his childhood in Dundee, Scotland; his early working life, beginning as a child laborer in a textile mill, and entry into labor activism in Scotland and England; observations on social class and activism in the UK, including the temperance movement, women’s suffrage movement, and the Labour Party; anti-war stance and imprisonment during World War I; immigration to the United States and work at the Ford Highland Park and River Rouge plants in the 1920s and subsequent blacklisting, working and social conditions at Ford and his Auto Workers Union (AWU) and AFL organizing during the time; recollections of the Battle of the Overpass; his involvement in the birth and growth UAW from the 1930s on, including observations on Walter Reuther; co-founding with Reuther of amalgamated UAW Local 174 representing auto workers on Detroit’s west side, involvement in sit-down strikes including Flint, 1936-1937, and Detroit, and leadership of UAW Cadillac Local 22; his role as head of the UAW Retired Workers Council; the National Council of Senior Citizens as contrasted with AARP; his thoughts on the youth movement of the time and the future of US politics and society.

Dates

  • 1972-01-04

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: 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.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet : (1 printed transcript).

29.7 Megabytes ((1 file). ) : 1 PDF

Abstract

In or before 1972, Daniel Brooks interviewed labor leader Dave Miller, first president of United Auto Workers Local 22 and a founding member of the National Council of Senior Citizens. Collection consists of an interview transcript. Miller talks about his childhood in Dundee, Scotland; his early working life, beginning as a child laborer in a textile mill, and entry into labor activism in Scotland and England; observations on social class and activism in the UK, including the temperance movement, women’s suffrage movement, and the Labour Party; anti-war stance and imprisonment during World War I; immigration to the United States and work at the Ford Highland Park and River Rouge plants in the 1920s and subsequent blacklisting, working and social conditions at Ford and his Auto Workers Union (AWU) and AFL organizing during the time; recollections of the Battle of the Overpass; his involvement in the birth and growth of UAW from the 1930s on, including observations on Walter Reuther; co-founding with Reuther of amalgamated UAW Local 174 representing auto workers on Detroit’s west side, involvement in sit-down strikes including Flint, 1936-1937, and Detroit, and leadership of UAW Cadillac Local 22; his role as head of the UAW Retired Workers Council; the National Council of Senior Citizens as contrasted with AARP; his thoughts on the youth movement of the time and the future of US politics and society.

History

In or before 1972, Daniel Brooks interviewed labor leader Dave Miller, first president of United Auto Workers Local 22 and a founding member of the National Council of Senior Citizens.

Arrangement

Transcript arranged alphabetically by surname with other individual oral history transcripts at the Walter P. Reuther Library.

Acquisition

Donated as part of the Douglas Fraser Papers.

Other Copies

Transcript was digitized and is available as a PDF file.

Related Materials

Dave Miller Papers, Douglas Fraser Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on October 12, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Dave Miller Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-10-12
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.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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