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American Auto Worker Project Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002363
Collection consisits of five interviews with retired UAW members chronicling their lengthy careers in the automobile industry in the Detroit metropolitan area. Transcripts and audio recordings available for each. Interviewees discuss apprenticeship programs; assembly line and other work at Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, and General Motors; and union organizing activities and leadership positions at UAW Local 7, Local 22, and Local 900.
The following five individuals were interviewed: Lloyd Allen, Jr. (Local 900, Ford Wayne Assembly Plant), Karl Burnett (Local 22, General Motors), Harvey Hawkins (Chrysler), Mark Murray (Ford Wixom Plant), and Andy Warmack (General Motors).

Dates

  • 2012-05 - 2012-06

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Use of the material must cite name of collection.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet ((2 MB).) : Consists of 5 printed transcripts and 5 CDs.

3.6 Gigabytes ((5 files). ) : Consists of WAVs.

Abstract

While a graduate history student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Edward Savela conducted oral history interviews with retired Detroit-area auto workers on changes in the automobile industry as part of research for his master’s thesis. Collection consists of five interviews with retired UAW members chronicling their lengthy careers in the automobile industry in the Detroit metropolitan area. Transcripts and audio recordings available for each. Interviewees discuss apprenticeship programs; assembly line and other work at Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, and General Motors; and union organizing activities and leadership positions at UAW Local 7, Local 22, and Local 900.

History

While a graduate history student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Edward Savela conducted oral history interviews with retired Detroit-area auto workers on changes in the automobile industry as part of research for his master’s thesis.

Arrangement

Printed oral history transcripts are organized alphabetically by last name of interviewee. Audio recordings are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to the alphabetical arrangement.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LOH002363.pdf

Custodial History

Previous project names were "American Auto Workers Project" and "Changing Face of the American Auto Worker."

Acquisition

Donated by Edward Savela in 2012.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on February 29, 2016.
Title
Guide to the American Auto Worker Project Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-02-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA