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Ronald Aronson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: WSP002445

Scope and Content

This collection consists of material from throughout Ronald Aronson’s professional career, including articles by and about him and his work; materials generated by the Center for Democratic Values; and research materials generated during the production of his two documentaries. The vast majority of the audio-visual materials included consist of interviews conducted for the documentaries, and a significant portion of the manuscript materials consist of interview transcripts. Other research materials include extensive copies of newspaper materials from the 1930s-50s, relating to Saul Wellman and the Michigan Six trial.

Series 1: Manuscript Materials, 1980-2013

Series 2: Audio-visual Materials, 1977-2005

Dates

  • 1977 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1997 - 2005

Creator

Language of Materials

Material primarily in English, with some French and Spanish.

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.

History

Ronald Aronson, a Detroit native, was educated at Wayne State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, and Brandies University, where he earned his PhD in the History of Ideas. A renowned expert on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Aronson’s has actively worked to study the New Left and the nature of hope and its relation to political commitment. Aronson taught at Wayne State University from 1968 to 2013 in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, during which time he was actively involved in the Center for Democratic Values, the writing of a number of books, and the creation of two feature-length documentaries, Professional Revolutionary: The Life of Saul Wellman (2004) and 1st Amendment on Trial: The Case of the Detroit Six (2005).

Extent

5 Linear Feet (5 SB)

39.3 Megabytes (3 Disk Images)

Abstract

Ronald Aronson, a Detroit native, was educated at Wayne State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, and Brandies University, where he earned his PhD in the History of Ideas. A renowned expert on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Aronson’s has actively worked to study the New Left and the nature of hope and its relation to political commitment. Aronson taught at Wayne State University from 1968 to 2013 in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, during which time he was actively involved in the Center for Democratic Values, the writing of a number of books, and the creation of two feature-length documentaries, Professional Revolutionary: The Life of Saul Wellman (2004) and 1st Amendment on Trial: The Case of the Detroit Six (2005).

This collection consists of material from throughout Ronald Aronson’s professional career, including articles by and about him and his work; materials generated by the Center for Democratic Values; and research materials generated during the production of his two documentaries. The vast majority of the audio-visual materials included consist of interviews conducted for the documentaries, and a significant portion of the manuscript materials consist of interview transcripts. Other research materials include extensive copies of newspaper materials from the 1930s-50s, relating to Wellman and the Michigan Six trial.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 2 series.

Folders in each series are listed by their location within each box. They are arranged by subject and rough chronological order.

Series 1: Manuscript Materials, 1980-2013 (Box 1-2) Series 2: Audio-visual Materials, 1977-2005 (Box 3-5)

Acquisition

Materials were donated to the Reuther Library by Ronald Aronson in 2013 and 2015.

Other Copies

Some material is also available in the Reuther Library's digital hold.

Related Materials

Nat Ganley and Saul Wellman Papers, Nat Ganley Papers,

Saul Wellman Book Collection

Transfers

3 Boxes of audio and video tapes have been transfered to the audiovisual department.

Several digital files have been uploaded into the digital hold.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on April 6, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Ronald Aronson Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Kris Kniffen.
Date
2016-04-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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