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UAW Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002229
The interviews provide an in-depth look at the development of unions and labor relations from the union standpoint. Some of the many topics covered include working conditions; reasons for interest in unions; opinions on management's reactions to collective bargaining; strategies of union growth; sit-down strikes; personalities of union leaders; the role of leftists; worker education; factional fights; work and production techniques; conversion to wartime production; political action; equal employment opportunities; the growth and development of union structure, functions, and contracts over time; and Canadian labor relations.
One hundred thirty-five interviews, available as transcripts, were conducted with the following 141 persons, some of them interviewed as a group: George F. Addes; Louis H. Adkins; John W. Anderson; Kenneth F. Bannon; John Bartee; Charles K. Beckman; J. A. Beni; Raymond H. Berndt; Merlin D. Bishop; Stanley Brams; Norman W. Bully; George Burt; Ed Carey; Arthur Case; James M. Cleveland; Richard Coleman; Charles Conway; Jack T. Conway, James F. Doherty, Walter Schilling, and Frank Wallemann (interviewed together); Alexander Cook; James G. Couser; Harold A. Cranefield; Larry S. Davidow; Len DeCaux; Nick DiGaetano; Joseph B. Ditzel; Tracy Doll; Genora Dollinger; Sol Dollinger; Dominic Dornetto; John Eldon; Frank Fagan; Jess Ferrazza; Joseph Ferris; Bert Foster; Everett E. Francis; Richard Frankensteen; Elmer Freitag; Mort Furay; Daniel M. Gallagher; Nat Ganley; Catherine Gelles; William Genske; Adolph F. Germer; Josephine Gomon; Murvel Grant, John K. McDaniel, James Oddie, and Clayton O’Donohue (interviewed together); Pat Greathouse; Stanley J. Gregory; Carl Haessler; Fred V. Haggard; Ed Hall; Matthew B. Hammond; Richard Harris; Joseph Hattley; Arthur Hughes; William Humphreys; Jack R. Hurst; R. C. Ingram; Forest L. Innis; Martin Jensen; Clayton E. Johnson; Lester Johnson; Lloyd Jones; Robert L. Kanter; Harvey Kitzman; Tom Klasey; Leonard Klue; Theodore Laduke; Monroe Lake; Russell Leach; Edgar J. Lee; Al Leggat; Frank Manfred; Michael J. Manning; Frank Marquart; Homer Martin; Norman R. Matthews; Joseph Mattson; Elizabeth McCracken; John K. McDaniel; John McGill; George Merrelli; Russell J. Merrill; Lewis H. Michener; Paul E. Miley; Andrew B. Montgomery; Ken Morris; Wyndham Mortimer; Stanley Nowak; Cyril O’Halloran; Patrick O’Malley; William Oliver; Joseph Pagano; F. R. Palmer; John Panzner; William Payne; Orrin H. Peppler; Joseph H. Piconke; Leon Pody; Adam Poplawski; Gene Prato; Edward Purdy; Walter Quillico; Philip Raymond; May Reuther; Roy Reuther; Victor Reuther; Herbert Richardson; John F. Ringwald; Arthur E. Rohan; James A. Roland; Harry E. Ross; Paul Russo; Sam Sage; Frank J. Sahorske; Leo D. Shaffer; Bud Simons; Samuel D. Smith; Harry Southwell; Roy Speth; William Stevenson; Carl Swanson; Shelton Tappes; I. Paul Taylor; R. J. Thomas; Hugh Thompson; Frank Tuttle; Art Vega; Raymond Vess; Nat Weinberg; Jack Wilse; Leonard Woodcock; Charles E. Yaeger; Charles Elmer Yenney; Lawrence Yost; and John A. Zaremba.

Dates

  • 1959 - 1963

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research, with the exception of the Roy L. Reuther interview, which is closed indefinitely.

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.

The May Reuther and Walter Quillico interviews are restricted from publication.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet ((15 MB).) : Contains 135 bound interview transcripts.

127 Megabytes ((8 files).) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

In the fall of 1959, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, a joint body of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, formally began an oral history project on the "Development of Unionism in the Automobile Industry." The project's aims were to provide additional historical sources for scholars working on the history of auto unionism, to capture the recollections of those who played a key role in this story, and to discover additional archival materials on labor relations. Jack W. Skeels was the project's first director and primary interviewer; he reported to a faculty advisory committee headed by Professor Sidney Fine. The 135 interviews, in transcript format, provide an in-depth look at the development of unions and labor relations from the union standpoint. Some of the many topics covered include working conditions; reasons for interest in unions; opinions on management's reactions to collective bargaining; strategies of union growth; sit-down strikes; personalities of union leaders; the role of leftists; worker education; factional fights; work and production techniques; conversion to wartime production; political action; equal employment opportunities; the growth and development of union structure, functions, and contracts over time; and Canadian labor relations.

History

In the fall of 1959, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, a joint body of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, formally began an oral history project on the "Development of Unionism in the Automobile Industry." The project's aims were to provide additional historical sources for scholars working on the history of auto unionism, to capture the recollections of those who played a key role in this story, and to discover additional archival materials on labor relations. Jack W. Skeels was the project's first director and primary interviewer; he reported to a faculty advisory committee headed by Professor Sidney Fine.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LOH002229.pdf

Custodial History

One of the project's original names was "Development of Unionism in the Automobile Industry."

Acquisition

Deposited in various installments by Jack W. Skeels and others involved in the project beginning in 1961.

Other Copies

A small number of transcripts were digitized and are available as PDF files (interviews for Genora Dollinger, Sol Dollinger, Lloyd Jones, Monroe Lake, Homer Martin, and Nat Weinberg).

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid created by Rebecca Bizonet on February 26, 2016. Inventory created by Ciera Casteel March 27, 2019.
Title
Guide to the UAW Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid created by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-02-26
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-27: Inventory added and material condensed into 15 boxes by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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