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Blanche Rinehart Papers

Identifier: LP000114

Scope and Content

This collection contains notes, correspondence and manuscripts relating to Rinehart's writings about Gompers.

Series Description: Series 1: Clippings, correspondence, notes related to Rinehart's manuscripts, and other topics of personal interest.

Series 2: Manuscripts on Samuel Gompers and labor issues. Some folders also contain relevant correspondence, notes, and clippings.

Important subjects and correspondents: Samuel Gompers. Labor History. American Federation of Teachers. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Interview with Mary Anderson and Elizabeth Christman. Mary Erb. James T. Shotwell. Mark Starr.


  • 1949 - 1966


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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


Blanche Rinehart was born on January 23, 1886, and was a long-time Detroit resident. She taught social studies at Northeastern High School in Detroit for many years. During her lifetime she served as executive secretary of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, president of the American Association of University Women and president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Ms. Rinehart specialized in the history of Samuel Gompers, from his boyhood to his union activities. Over the years, she contributed many articles about him to labor papers. She wrote books and pamphlets about his life specifically for young people. Rinehart's interests in education and Gompers continued after her retirement from teaching in 1950, and she was instrumental in the naming of the Samuel Gompers School in Detroit.


1 Linear Feet (2 MB)


This collection includes correspondence, drafts and manuscripts relating to Rinehart's biography of Samuel Gompers. Also included are interviews with Mary Anderson, Elizabeth Christman and Mary Erb.


Arranged in 2 series: Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of Blanche Rinehart were placed in the Reuther Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in May 1972 by Blanche Rinehart.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 1990.
Guide to the Blanche Rinehart Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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