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Kathleen Straus Papers

Identifier: UP001848

Scope and Content

Because of Straus's participation in civil rights and education, this collection contains information on the movement for cross-border busing between Detroit and its surrounding cities, which was proposed by the City of Detroit. Governor Milliken blocked the desegregation plan and the case was then brought to the Supreme Court by the NAACP on behalf of the students affected by the distinct segregation of metropolitan Detroit schools. In 1974, however, the Supreme Court ruled against desegregation busing in a 5-4 vote.

Additionally, this collection consists of information about Michigan's tax proposals in the 1970s and 1980s and their potential effect on schools, as well as pamphlets, correspondence, and memos about the proposals. This collection also holds some information about the finances of Detroit Public Schools, land use, and community-based organizations involved in education activism. Finally, this collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and memos related to the Michigan Women's Studies Association.


  • 1965 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1987


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.


3 Linear Feet (3 SB)


Kathleen Straus is an activist for Michigan education and civil rights. She has been involved in the League of Women Voters, Keep Improving Detroit Schools (KIDS), PRO-Detroit, and the Michigan Association of School Boards. Additionally, Straus co-founded the Michigan Tax Information Council and she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2000 for her work in civil rights and education.

Arrangement of the Collection

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


This collection was donated to the Reuther Library by Kathleen Straus on September 29, 2004.

Related Material

New Detroit, Inc. Records; Detroit Education Association Records; Michigan Federation of Teachers Records; Detroit Board of Education Proceedings


Cassette tapes were transferred to the Reuther's Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on January 28, 2015.
Guide to the Kathleen Straus Papers
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA