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Michigan Commission On Displaced Persons Records

Identifier: UR000129

Scope and Content

Series 1: Special Projects Involving Aliens and Recently Naturalized Citizens, 1940-1947 Correspondence, interviews, clippings, reports, and memoranda. Includes information on Mexican immigrants in Michigan and "I Am An American Day."

Series 2: Michigan Committee on Displaced Persons, 1946-1951. Booklets, pamphlets, correspondence, minutes, clippings, speeches, legislative bills, radio addresses, resolutions, and reports.

Series 3: Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons, 1949-1960. Correspondence, reports, clippings, press releases, memoranda, minutes, transmittal letters of assurance, and lists of new arrivals. Includes the "Report of the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees, 1949-1960," which discusses the background, functions, and accomplishments of the Commission.

Series 4: Refugee Records, 1953-1965. Correspondence, clippings, legislation, reports, minutes, list of arrivals, and press releases.

Series 5: Michigan Committee on Immigration, 1951-1964. Legislation, correspondence, minutes, bulletins, financial records, statements, hearings, and reports.

Series 6: Interpreter Releases, 1937-1964. 1) "Interpreter Releases" - statistical and other information compiled and printed by: - Foreign Language Information Service, 1937-1940. - Common Council for American Unity, 1941-1959. - American Council for Nationalities Services, 1960-1964. 2) Miscellaneous information Bulletins.


  • 1937 - 1965


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


After the passage of the Displaced Persons Act, the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons was established in 1949 by Executive Order of Gov. G. Mennen Williams. Prior to the passage of this Act in 1948, various volunteer agencies in Michigan had been active in resettling regular quota immigrants; and the Michigan Committee on Displaced Persons (an inter-organizational committee) had campaigned for the passage of legislation to admit displaced persons outside of the quota. The Commission worked jointly with Michigan sponsors, with volunteer agencies, and with the Federal and State governments in resettling displaced persons and refugees. Its main functions were those of coordination and central information in such areas as housing, transportation, employment, legislation, and education. It also investigated the responsibility of individuals and organizations which were sponsoring displaced persons.

The name of the Commission was changed to the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees after the passage of the Refugee Relief Act in 1953. In 1960 the Commission recommended to Gov. John B. Swainson that he establish a Michigan Commission on Refugees which would serve on a stand-by basis.


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Correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings, memoranda, speeches, resolutions, press releases, immigrant and refugee arrival lists, and miscellaneous materials relating to the Michigan Committee on Displaced Persons (1946-51), the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons (1949-60), the Michigan Committee on Immigration (1951-64), wartime aliens and naturalized citizens (1940-47), refugee records (1953-65), and "Interpreter Releases" (1937-64). The materials were collected by the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees. Subjects include licensing of immigrant physicians; wartime aliens; the McCarran-Walter Act; and other legislation affecting immigrants and refugees. Among the correspondents are John Dingell, Paul Douglas, Homer Ferguson, Hubert Humphrey, Jacob Javits, Estes Kefauver, Herbert Lehman, Blair Moody, Roy Reuther, George Romney, Arthur Vandenberg, and G. Mennen Williams.


Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 3-6), Series 3 (Boxes 7-18), Series 4 (Boxes 19-25), Series 5 (Boxes 26-29), and Series 6 (Boxes 30-47). Folders are arranged predominately in originally order, some are arranged chronologically.


The papers comprising the Displaced Persons Collection were deposited with the Labor History Archives in January, 1965 by Florence Cassidy, Secretary of the Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by BF in 1970.
Guide to the Michigan Commission On Displaced Persons Records
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Processed by BF.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA