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United Way of Southeastern Michigan Executive Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002607
This collection is very closely related to the UCS Executive Office Record collection. It covers an overlapping timeframe, and primarily consists of records generated by the UF/UWSM executive offices prior to the UF/UCS merger and the creation of UWCS. Also included are some UWCS records, and a few records from the second organization to bear the UWSM title. Files include board and committee meeting materials, strategic and long term planning records, records on associated agencies and special projects, records relating to the renovation of the joint UF and UCS headquarters in the Comerica building, records about the UF and UCS merger, and records relating to the United Way’s relationship with labor organizations.

Important Subjects: United Way Community Services (UWCS) United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit (UCS) United Way of Southeastern Michigan (UWSM) United Foundation (UF) UF/UCS Relationship UCS/UWCS Torch Drive UF/UCS/UWCS Board of Directors UF/UCS/UWCS Projects and Campaigns UF Labor relations The Torchlight Newsletter

Important Names: Burt, Warren T. Jr. Carr, Dr. Virgil H. Cole, Edward N. Howell, H. Clay Moroni, Rita William, Dr. Geneva J.
Series Description: Series 1: United Foundation/United Way Community Services/United Way for Southeastern Michigan President's Office Files, 1949-2006 Series 2: United Community Service Executive Office Files, 1965-1996 Series 3:United Foundation/United Way Community Services Administration Office Files, 1970-1995 Series 4: United Way and United Community Services Relationship, 1978-1995 Series 5: United Foundation a d United Way Community Services Annual Reports, 1950-2008 Series 6: United Foundation and United Way Community Services Labor Department, 1949-2006 Series 7: United Foundation Building Renovations, 1981-1988 Oversize: 1973-1999

Dates

  • 1949 - 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1995

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.

Extent

36 Linear Feet (35 SB, 1 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSM) has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. UWSM, called the United Foundation until it’s official name change in 1989, was formed in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charities, and came to be affiliated with the national United Way organization in 1970. UWSM was an umbrella organization providing funding for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and worked closely with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit (UCS), which was primarily concerned with streamlining and planning the delivery of social services in the city. The two merged in 1995 to create the UWCS, which existed until 2005, when the UWCS merged with the United Way of Oakland County to create a new body once again called the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. This final incarnation exists to this day. The Executive Office oversaw the various departments within UWSM and its later incarnations, and was headed by the President and Executive Vice President of the organization.

This collection is very closely related to the UCS Executive Office Record collection. It covers an overlapping timeframe, and primarily consists of records generated by the UF/UWSM executive offices prior to the UF/UCS merger and the creation of UWCS. Also included are some UWCS records, and a few records from the second organization to bear the UWSM title. Files include board and committee meeting materials, strategic and long term planning records, records on associated agencies and special projects, records relating to the renovation of the joint UF and UCS headquarters in the Comerica building, records about the UF and UCS merger, and records relating to the United Way’s relationship with labor organizations.

History

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSM) has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. UWSM, called the United Foundation until it’s official name change in 1989, was formed in 1948 through the merger of the Detroit Community Chest and other Detroit charities, and came to be affiliated with the national United Way organization in 1970. UWSM was an umbrella organization providing funding for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and worked closely with the United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit (UCS), which was primarily concerned with streamlining and planning the delivery of social services in the city. The two merged in 1995 to create the UWCS, which existed until 2005, when the UWCS merged with the United Way of Oakland County to create a new body once again called the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. This final incarnation exists to this day. The Executive Office oversaw the various departments within UWSM and its later incarnations, and was headed by the President and Executive Vice President of the organization.

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-15, Series 2 (Boxes 15-25), Series 3 (Boxes 25-32), Series 4 (Boxes 32-33), Series 5 (Box 33), Series 6 (Bxoes 33-34), Series 7 (Boxes 34-36). 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. Additionally, there is an oversize box (Box 37) containing information pertinent to series 1 and 7.

Acquisition

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Executive Office Records were deposited at the Reuther Library in several installments in 1988, 1995, 1998, 2008, and 2009.

Related Materials

United Community Services, United Foundation, and United Way collections, especially United Community Services Executive Office Records and United Way Community Services Executive Office Records

Transfers

One audio cassette tape was transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department from Series 3: Side 1 "The Need for Long Range Planning, A.W. Clausen,” Side 2 "The Process of Long Range Planning, Earle Harbison." June 1974.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on October 7, 2015.
Title
Guide to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Executive Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kris Kniffen.
Date
2015-10-07
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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