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End of the Line Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001711
Collection consists of 29 interviews, 28 of which have audio cassette recordings and 28 of which have transcripts (one interview only available as a recording and one interview only available as a transcript). Transcripts consist of originals, photocopies, and digital surrogates. Most interviews spread onto multiple audiocassette tapes.
Includes recordings and transcripts (unless otherwise noted) for interviews with the following 29 participants: Ed Aubuchon, Yaser Awadallah, Bernard Clifford, Harold Coleman, Al Commons, Jerry Conrad, Jeff Cooper, Ljubisav Filkoski, Betty Foote, Sheryl Jackson, Deborah Lynn Listman, Abson McDaniel, Dee Mueller, Don Mushinski, Billie Jean Newsome, Larry Poole (recording only), Ramon Reyes, Joe Roche, Berlin Scott, Lorenzo Sharpe, Gary Shellenbarger, Jim Stephens, Yvonne Sumpter, Mander "Lee" Thornsberry, James Vernatter, Walter "Jeff" Washington, Hillory Weber, Lance Whitis, and Vic Wilkins (transcript only).

Dates

  • 1986

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: 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.

Subjects may not be identified unless the quote, paraphrase or information from the interview has already appeared in the End of the Line book.

Extent

3 Linear Feet ((4 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 56 printed transcripts, and 53 audiocassettes.

401.4 Megabytes ((28 files).) : Consists of PDFs.

Abstract

Plant worker and graduate history student Richard Feldman interviewed UAW Local 900 members at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant (many of whom had also worked at Wayne Assembly Plant) for his book, written with journalist Michael Betzold, End of the Line: Autoworkers and the American Dream, on the changing nature of the automobile industry, plant management and working conditions, union activities and status, and worker perspectives in the 1980s. Collection consists of 29 interviews, 28 of which have audio cassette recordings and 28 of which have transcripts (one interview only available as a recording and one interview only available as a transcript).

History

Plant worker and graduate history student Richard Feldman interviewed UAW Local 900 members at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant (many of whom had also worked at Wayne Assembly Plant) for his book, written with journalist Michael Betzold, End of the Line: Autoworkers and the American Dream, on the changing nature of the automobile industry, plant management and working conditions, union activities and status, and worker perspectives in the 1980s.

Arrangement

Both transcripts and recordings are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to interviewee last name.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LOH001711.pdf

Custodial History

Collection has also been referred to as "UAW Local 900 members - Ford Oral History."

Acquisition

Donated by Richard Feldman, August 18, 1997.

Other Copies

Transcripts have been photocopied and digitized (available as PDF files).

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 31, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the End of the Line Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-04-01
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.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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