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William F. Brabenec Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001866

Scope and Contents

This collection largely includes materials related to the newspaper strike, including several fliers related to an advertiser boycott campaign and picket signs. The collection also includes some of Brabenec’s personal writings and correspondence, and documents regarding the publication of the Detroit Sunday Journal.

Dates

  • 1995 - 1997

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

William F. Brabenec was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1933. A third-generation newspaper worker, Brabenec began working for The Detroit News in 1960 as a printer. Brabenec was a member of Detroit Typographical Union #18. Brabenec died in August 2015, at the age of 83. The Detroit Newspaper Strike began on July 13, 1995. Over 2,000 newspaper workers, concerned with the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News plans to switch from employee distribution to independent contractors, walked out of work. Brabenec was among those who participated in the strike. The striking newspaper workers created a competing newspaper, the Detroit Sunday Journal. The first issue was published on November 19, 1995, and the Sunday Journal continued publication until November 21, 1999. The newspaper focused on pro-labor and local news topics, with a circulation of between forty and sixty thousand per issue. The paper was available through the mail and sold from corner boxes throughout Southeast Michigan. While the strike ended in 1997, publication of the paper continued, as the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News were slow to re-hire the striking workers.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (1 SB, 1 OS)

Overview

William F. Brabenec was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1933. A third-generation newspaper worker, Brabenec began working for The Detroit News in 1960 as a printer. Brabenec was a member of Detroit Typographical Union #18. Brabenec died in August 2015, at the age of 83. The Detroit Newspaper Strike began on July 13, 1995. Over 2,000 newspaper workers, concerned with the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News plans to switch from employee distribution to independent contractors, walked out of work. Brabenec was among those who participated in the strike. The striking newspaper workers created a competing newspaper, the Detroit Sunday Journal. The first issue was published on November 19, 1995, and the Sunday Journal continued publication until November 21, 1999. The newspaper focused on pro-labor and local news topics, with a circulation of between forty and sixty thousand per issue. The paper was available through the mail and sold from corner boxes throughout Southeast Michigan. While the strike ended in 1997, publication of the paper continued, as the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News were slow to re-hire the striking workers.

This collection largely includes materials related to the newspaper strike, including several fliers related to an advertiser boycott campaign and picket signs. The collection also includes some of Brabenec’s personal writings and correspondence, and documents regarding the publication of the Detroit Sunday Journal.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject, with oversized materials arranged separately.

Processing Information

Processed by Jared Quist on March 13, 2019.
Title
Guide to the William F. Brabenec Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Jared Quist
Date
2019-03-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA