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Horace Sheffield Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000144
The Horace L. Sheffield Collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, and meeting minutes related to the Detroit Plan, the Detroit-area construction trades industry, and early efforts at integrating the building trades.

Important subjects in the collection:

Afro-Americans—Employment—Michigan—Detroit Building Trades—Segregation Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Discrimination in Employment—Michigan—Detroit Trade Union Leadership Council Trade Unions—Afro-American Membership—Michigan—Detroit

Important correspondents in the collection:

William Brodhead Nicholas Hood William Milliken Mel Ravitz

Dates

  • 1963 - 1977

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.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 SB)

Abstract

Horace Sheffield served as an international representative for the UAW and was particularly active in promoting civil rights issues through the Trade Union Leadership Council and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He papers reflect his work on the board of The Detroit Plan Group, Inc., an organization established to increase minority representation in the construction trades in the Detroit metropolitan area.

History

Horace Sheffield was born in Vienna, Georgia in 1916. He attended the Detroit Institute and Wayne University in the 1930s and 1940s and served as an International Representative for the UAW from 1942 to 1967. During the 1960s, he was particularly active in promoting civil right issues through the Trade Union Leadership Council and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

The Detroit Plan Group, Inc. was established with federal funding in the early 1970s to increase minority representation in the construction trades in the Detroit metropolitan area. The organization included representatives from the Detroit Building Trades Council, the Construction Employers Council and a "Minority Coalition" of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans. Mr. Sheffield served on the Detroit Plan's board of directors and as its chairman.

Arrangement

Folders are grouped by material type.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Horace Sheffield Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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