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Irving Bluestone Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000213
This collection highlights Bluestone's retirement years from 1980-1999. It covers his activities on labor councils, economic alliances, worker's programs, technology and manufacturing research, and Quality of Work Life and Joint Action programs. His educational work and research are included, as well as his correspondence, publications and speeches.

Important Subjects: Aging Workforce Auto Technology Employee Ownership Employment Security Foreign Auto Industry Human Resources Joint Action Process Labor Unions Labor-Management Relations Manufacturing Studies Board Michigan Economics Quality of Work Life Skill Development and Training UAW Worker Education Workers’ Rights
Important Acronyms EAP Employee Assistance Program EAM Economic Alliance of Michigan GMF German Marshall Fund JAP Joint Action Process NAC National Advisory Council NRC National Research Council QWL Quality of Work Life UAW United Automobile Workers WAI Work in America Institute

Dates

  • 1955 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1992

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: 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.

Extent

60 Linear Feet (60 SB)

Overview

Irving Bluestone (January 5, 1917-November 17, 2007) was born and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. at City College of New York in 1937 and attended the University of Bern, Switzerland for one year of postgraduate studies. In 1942, he joined the UAW in New Jersy and showing promise, was moved to Detroit in 1947 by Walter Reuther to join the General Motors Department. He became Leonard Woodcock's administrative assistant in 1955 and Walter Reuther's in 1961. In 1972 he was elected Vice President of the UAW and also served as the Director of UAW General Motors Department. Bluestone retired from the UAW in 1980 and became a professor and then director of the Labor Studies progam at Wayne State University, a position he held until 1999. During his retirement he served on numerous labor and economic councils, was heavily involved in Joint Action and Quality of Work Life programs, promoted Michigan industry and economy, and served as a labor representative on several companies' board of directors. In 1999 he retired fully and moved to Brookline, Massachusettts. This collection highlights Bluestone's retirment years from 1980-1999. It covers his activities on labor councils, economic alliances, worker's programs, technology and manufacturing research, and Quality of Work Life and Joint Action programs. His educational work and research are included, as well as his corresponcence, publications and speeches.

History

Irving Bluestone (January 5, 1917 - November 17, 2007) was born and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. at City College of New York in 1937 and attended the University of Bern, Switzerland for one year of postgraduate studies. In 1942 he joined the UAW in New Jersey and showing promise, was moved to Detroit in 1947 by Walter Reuther to join the General Motors department. He became Leonard Woodcock's administrative assistant in 1955 and Walter Reuther's in 1961. In 1972 he was elected Vice President of the UAW and also served as the Director of UAW General Motors Department. Bluestone retired from the UAW in 1980, and became a professor and then director of the Labor Studies program at Wayne State University, a position he held until 1999. During his retirement he served on numerous labor and economic councils, was heavily involved in Joint Action and Quality of Work Life programs, promoted Michigan industry and economy, and served as a labor representative on several companies' board of directors. In 1999 he retired fully and moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.

Arrangement of the Records

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

The collection is arranged into 4 series.
  1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-11)
  2. Publications, Speeches and Awards (Boxes 12-17)
  3. Professional Affiliations (Boxes 17-53)
  4. Educational Work and Research (Boxes 54-60)

Acquisition

Papers were given to the Reuther Library in several installments, beginning in 1981 and continuing through 1998.

Related Material

Irving Bluestone: New Directions Movement Records, Irving Bluestone: Saturn Corporation Records, Irving Bluestone: Weirton Steel Corporation Records, UAW Vice President's Office: Irving Bluestone Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written using DACS by Kathy Makas, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Irving Bluestone Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Makas; encoded by Julia Pope.
Date
2010-06-15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-04-08: Updated to LC best practices by Deborah Rice.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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