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Blanche Rinehart Papers

Identifier: LP000114
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. Her interests in education and Gompers continued after her retirement from teaching in 1950. She was instrumental in the naming of the Samuel Gompers School in Detroit and wrote books and pamphlets about his life specifically for young people.

This collection relates to her writings about Gompers and contains notes, correspondence, and manuscripts.

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

Series II: Manuscripts on Samuel Gompers, and labor issues.


  • 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.


1 Linear Feet (2 MB)


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


Blanche Rinehart was born 23 January 1886 and was a long-time Detroit resident, teaching 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.


Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Box 1) and Series 2 (Box 2).


The papers of Blanche Rinehart were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in May of 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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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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