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Monsignor Clement Kern Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001013
Monsignor Kern's records document the struggle of Detroit area migrant workers and their fight for compensation for their work. The collection also explores his involvement in organizations to further the equality of minorities.

Dates

  • 1945 - 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1945 - 1950

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English and Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

Monsignor Clement Kern was a Roman Catholic Priest at Most Holy Trinity Church in Detroit, MI for 34 years. Under his leadership, Holy Trinity became a major center for Latino American residents of southwest Detroit. Kern became active in the migratory labor arena and helped with the Michigan Committee to Aid Farm Workers. Monsignor Kern's records document the struggle of Detroit area migrant workers and their fight for compensation for their work. The collection also explores his involvement in organizations to further the equality of minorities.

History

Monsignor Clement Kern was a Roman Catholic priest who came to Michigan after studying in Mexico. He found himself at Most Holy Trinity Church in the heart of Detroit's Corktown district. Kern served at Holy Trinity as assistant pastor for six years and as pastor for 28 years. During his time at Holy Trinity Msgr. Kern worked to emphasize the importance of human dignity and to demonstrate that everyone, in the eyes of God, is equal.

Under the leadership of Father Kern, Holy Trinity became a major center for Latino American residents of southwest Detroit. During his work in Detroit, Kern became active in the migratory labor arena and helped with the Michigan Committee to Aid Farm Workers.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within the box.

Acquisition

The records of Msgr. Clement Kern were deposited in 1980, with a second deposit in 1986.

Related Material

Michgian Worker Ministry Collection, United Farm Workers Collection

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kimberly Hermann on October 20, 2009.
Title
Guide to the Monsignor Clement Kern Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kimberly Hermann; encoded by Jennifer Meekhof.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA