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North Cass Community Union Records

Identifier: UR002715

Scope and Content

This collection consists of newsletters published by NCCU, as well as other community organizations, correspondence, meeting minutes, articles and newspaper clippings, NCCU founding documents, planned community events, materials relating to Dally in the Alley, photographs, flyers and posters, and other documents reflecting the activities of the North Cass Community Union.

Series 1: N.C.C.U. Files, 1978-2003 Series 2: Reuther Digital Repository, 2000


  • 1978 - 2003


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. 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.


The North Cass Community Union is a non-profit Michigan community advocacy, development, and service organization. They serve the area generally bounded by Warren Ave, Woodward Ave, Prentis St, and the John C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit. Incorporated in 1978, the NCCU has published community newsletters, sponsored community events, and pursued community advocacy projects such as: saving and rehabilitating neighborhood buildings slated for demolition, the development of a neighborhood park, the fight to reconstruct the Historic Dodge Carriage House, tenant rights, and standing up against the Detroit Incinerator.

One of the most famous community events run by NCCU is Dally in the Alley. This Street Festival began as a block party in 1978. It was organized by WSU Law Student and North Cass Community Union member Linda Krupp and given the name Gallimaufry, meaning: a little of everything. It’s first location was on a blocked off section of Second Ave between Hancock and Warren; featuring two-dozen vendors, hot dogs, children’s face painting, a pet contest, and a “Why I Like North Cass” contest. In 1982, as the festival grew, they changed the name to Dally in the Alley. Through the years, Dally in the Alley evolved from a small neighborhood fair into a performing art and street festival and expanded to include Forest Ave. in 1997. Conceived as a celebration of the neighborhood’s diversity, NCCU championed the festival as a way to emphasize community participation and involvement and showcase community artists from all artistic disciplines.


.95 Megabytes (3 Files)

2.25 Linear Feet (1 MB, 1 SB, 1 OS)


The North Cass Community Union Records reflects the organization’s involvement, officially beginning in 1978, in community advocacy, development, and service to the North Cass neighborhood. Important subjects include: the Detroit Incinerator, Dally in the Alley, the Dodge Carriage House Restoration, tenant advocacy, University City, and the Cass Corridor Food Co-op.


The collection is arranged into 2 series. Folders are arranged by subject.

Series 1: N.C.C.U. Files, 1978-2003 (Box 1-3) Series 2: Reuther Digital Repository, 2000


This collection was donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Matt Klipper in August of 2016.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Historic Advisory Committee Records, Beulah Groehn Croxford Papers, Carl Almblad Papers


Photographs, negatives, and a VHS tape, (Box 3) were transferred to the AV Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Elizabeth Nicholson on February 18, 2019.
Guide to the North Cass Community Union Records
Processed by Elizabeth Nicholson.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA