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Ronald D. Glotta Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000867
Series 1: Case files Series 2: Correspondence, subject files, and organizational involvement

The Ronald D. Glotta Papers comprise primarily materials related to his legal career. Series 1 contains material related to his legal cases on the topics of workers compensation, tenant rights, and prison conditions. The primary cases consist of James Johnson Jr. v. Chrysler Corporation, the Ann Arbor Rent Strike, and Wayne County Jail, though there are others. Additional materials falling outside the scope of case files are found in the second series. In series 2, correspondence, documents pertaining to the legal firm Glotta, Adelman, and Dinges, a few speeches given by Glotta, material related to Glotta’s work with the National Lawyer’s Guild - Detroit Chapter, and subject files on topics ranging from 1972 elections to the Law Student Civil Research Council (LSCRRC). Additionally, found in this series is the book Glotta wrote in 2007, The Road to Hell is Not Paved with Good Intentions and its corresponding 18 volume commentary.

Dates

  • 1956 - 2007

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research, except Box 11, Folder 4 which is closed.

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

17 Linear Feet (14 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Ron Glotta is a Detroit lawyer, who specializes in working with workers compensation and social security law. In addition to his active practice of law, Glotta was a member of the Motor City Labor League, a group that supported the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, and other organizing efforts. He is also a long-time member and Board Member of the National Lawyers Guild, Michigan Chapter.

The Ronald D. Glotta Papers comprise primarily materials related to his legal career. The collection contains material related to his legal cases on topics of workers compensation, tenant rights, and prison conditions. The primary cases consist of James Johnson Jr. v. Chrysler Corporation, the Ann Arbor Rent Strike, and Wayne County Jail, though there are others. Outside of legal case files, collection materials include correspondence, documents pertaining to the legal firm Glotta, Adelman, and Dinges, a few speeches given by Glotta, material related to Glotta’s work with the National Lawyer’s Guild - Detroit Chapter, and subject files on topics ranging from 1972 elections to the Law Student Civil Research Council (LSCRRC). The Glotta papers also include a book he wrote in 2007, The Road to Hell is Not Paved with Good Intentions and its corresponding 18 volume commentary.

History

Ronald Glotta was born in Colorado in 1941 and grew up in Kansas. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas before attending the University of Michigan Law School. After graduating law school and gaining admittance to the bar in 1966, Glotta accepted a position working at a law firm in Muskegon that specialized in workers compensation cases.

Since 1968, Glotta has lived in Highland Park and practiced law in Detroit, particularly in the areas of workers compensation and social security law.

In addition to his active practice of law, Glotta was a member of the Motor City Labor League, a group that supported the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, and Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, and other organizing efforts. He is also a long-time member and Board Member of the National Lawyers Guild, Michigan Chapter.

In 2007, he wrote a book entitled The Road to Hell is Not Paved with Good Intentions about oppressive societal structures in the United States.

Arrangement

Arranged into 2 series: Series 1: (Boxes 1-12; 15), and Series 2 (Box 13-14; 15).

Folders in Series 1 - Case Files, are simply listed by their location within each box. The files in this series are not fully arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within this series. Folders in series 2 - Correspondence, subject files, and organizational invovlement, are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

Donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Ron Glotta between 1978 and 2018.

Related Materials

Detroit Revolutionary Movements Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Shae Rafferty on October 10, 2018.
Title
Guide to the Ronald D. Glotta Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Shae Rafferty.
Date
2018-10-10
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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Detroit MI 48202 USA