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Kathy Groehn Cosseboom El-Messidi Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP000686
This collection contains the files and research materials for both of Kathy Groehn Cosseboom El-Messidi's books.

Important Subjects: General Motors Grosse Pointe, Michigan Race relations 1960s Walter Reuther UAW C. E. Wilson

Series Description: Series I: Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race

Series II: The Bargain: The Story behind the 30-Year Honeymoon of GM and the UAW

Dates

  • 1960 - 1979

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

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.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet ((2 SB, 1 folder, 2 audio recordings).) : Photographic prints, 1 audio cassette, and 1 audio reel.

Abstract

Kathy Groehn was born in 1946 and grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1963, then from the University of Michigan (B.A. 1967) and Southern Oregon College (M.A.). During the 1960s she was a reporter for the Grosse Pointe News and used her experiences as a basis for research on her book, Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race, by Kathy Cosseboom (Michigan State University Press, 1972). The book deals with racial and social attitudes in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe as revealed in education, school-community relations, housing discrimination, and religious institutions. It won the American Pen Women’s first prize for information books in 1974. As Kathy El-Messidi, she earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oklahoma. Her Ph.D. dissertation was published as The Bargain: The Story behind the 30-Year Honeymoon of GM and the UAW, by Kathy Groehn El-Messidi (Nellen Publishing Co. 1980). This book deals with the history and politics behind the 1948 collective bargaining agreement between General Motors and the UAW. As the daughter of Thomas Groehn, former news relations director for GM, El-Messidi had special access to materials and individuals at GM for this study. In the 1990s, Dr. El-Messidi was associate director of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University in Texas and more recently has worked as an education consultant and market intelligence specialist in Texas. This collection contains the files and research materials for both of Kathy Groehn Cosseboom El-Messidi’s books.

History

Kathy Groehn was born in 1946 and grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1963, then from the University of Michigan (B.A. 1967) and Southern Oregon College (M.A.). During the 1960s she was a reporter for the Grosse Pointe News and used her experiences as a basis for research on her book, Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race, by Kathy Cosseboom (Michigan State University Press, 1972). The book deals with racial and social attitudes in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe as revealed in education, school-community relations, housing discrimination, and religious institutions. It won the American Pen Women's first prize for information books in 1974. As Kathy El-Messidi, she earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oklahoma. Her Ph.D. dissertation was published as The Bargain: The Story behind the 30-Year Honeymoon of GM and the UAW, by Kathy Groehn El-Messidi (Nellen Publishing Co. 1980). This book deals with the history and politics behind the 1948 collective bargaining agreement between General Motors and the UAW. As the daughter of Thomas Groehn, former news relations director for GM, El-Messidi had special access to materials and individuals at GM for this study. In the 1990s, Dr. El-Messidi was associate director of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University in Texas and more recently has worked as an education consultant and market intelligence specialist in Texas.

Arrangement of the Records

Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Boxes 1-2). Folders in each series are listed by their location within each box and are derived from El-Messidi's original description. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series. AV materials arranged by format and items listed separately from series.

Acquisition

The Kathy Groehn Cosseboom El-Messidi papers were deposited at the Reuther Library in 1974 and 1980.

Transfers

Audio recordings and photographs were transferred to the Reuther Audiovisual Department. See inventory for details.

One copy of El-Messidi's book, "Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race," was transferred to the Reuther Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Aimee Ergas on July 12, 2010.
Title
Guide to the Kathy Groehn Cosseboom El-Messidi Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Aimee Ergas.
Date
2010-07-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-12-06: Audiovisual description added to inventory and finding aid updated by Deborah Rice.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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