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Polish-American Autoworkers Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH000659
Collection consists of recordings and transcripts of the resulting 27 interviews. Pilling explores cultural factors among Polish-American auto workers, interviewing primarily skilled tradesmen, as well as non-skilled workers. Respondees discuss their backgrounds, entry into the workforce and the union, training, plant work, working conditions, attitudes toward work, changes over time in the industry (particularly with regard to economic and technological factors), union activities, family life, leisure activities, Polish-American identity, and Polish cultural affiliations. George Merrelli and Nestor Dessy, two non-Polish interviewees, provide historical information on UAW Local 235 and outsiders' perspectives on Polish-American workers and their community.
The following participants were interviewed: Richard Bandos, Michael Burasinski, Melvin Chrzanowski, Chester Cybulski, Nestor Dessy (with Mrs. Dessy), Eugene Dzikowski, Frank Dziugiewicz, Joe Furwa, Stanley Glinski, Frank Karbuski, Gregory Karpinski, Mark Karpinski, Ronald Koscielski, Joseph Kowalski, James Kubabinski, George Kubasinski, Danny Lack, George Merrelli, Chester Mienaltowski, Alan Mularski, Joseph Nowaslawski, Casimir Obuchowski, Andrew Pryzocki, Paul Rajewski, Larry Sharnowski, Leonard Sienkowski, and John Sikorski.

Dates

  • 1982 - 1984

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

For the Richard Bandos inteview, permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 27 printed transcripts and 58 audiocassettes.

599 Megabytes ((27 files). ) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

In 1982 and 1984, for her 1987 dissertation, "A Case Study of Skilled Polish American Automobile Workers in Hamtramck," Patricia Pilling interviewed Polish-American auto workers from UAW Local 235, representing what was then the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts of the resulting 27 interviews. Pilling explores cultural factors among Polish-American auto workers, interviewing primarily skilled tradesmen, as well as non-skilled workers. Respondees discuss their backgrounds, entry into the workforce and the union, training, plant work, working conditions, attitudes toward work, changes over time in the industry (particularly with regard to economic and technological factors), union activities, family life, leisure activities, Polish-American identity, and Polish cultural affiliations. George Merrelli and Nestor Dessy, two non-Polish interviewees, provide historical information on UAW Local 235 and outsiders' perspectives on Polish-American workers and their community.

History

In 1982 and 1984, for her 1987 dissertation, "A Case Study of Skilled Polish American Automobile Workers in Hamtramck," Patricia Pilling interviewed Polish-American auto workers from UAW Local 235, representing what was then the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Arrangement

Transcripts and recordings are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Acquisition

Donated by Patricia Pilling, December 22, 1986.

Other Copies

Transcripts were digitized and are available as PDF files. Duplicate copies of the recordings are available on 29 audiocassettes located in box 2.

Related Materials

Patricia Pilling Papers

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on October 12, 2016. Inventory created by Ciera Casteel April 03, 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Polish-American Autoworkers Oral Histories
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-04-03: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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