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Abstract While a graduate history student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Edward Savela conducted oral history interviews with retired Detroit-area auto workers on changes in the automobile industry as part of research for his master’s thesis. Collection consists of five interviews with retired UAW members chronicling their lengthy careers in the automobile industry in the Detroit metropolitan area. Transcripts and audio recordings available for each. Interviewees discuss apprenticeship...
Dates: 2012-05 - 2012-06
Abstract In late 1967, Herbert Hill, labor director for the NAACP, visited Wayne State University in Detroit to conduct oral histories with African American men and women on their experiences in the labor movement. Between 1967 and 1970, Hill, with local interviewers Roberta McBride, Jim Keeney, and Norman McRae, completed numerous interviews in Detroit. Hill also visited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Berkeley for several additional interviews to round out what would become known as the Blacks in...
Abstract In 1985, an oral history was conducted with Blaine Marrin by an unidentified interviewer. Blaine Marrin was a former president of UAW Local 157 and an active UAW member since 1937. Collection consists of an audio recording of reminiscences by Marrin about his time with the UAW, as well as his prior experiences with the Mechanics Educational Society of America (MESA).
Abstract In May 1985, Philip Mason interviewed labor lawyer and Wayne State University law faculty member Boaz Siegel. This collection consists of the interview recording. Siegel talks about his background, including his socialist upbringing, experiences as a labor educator and school teacher, his long career as a labor lawyer including his contributions to the UAW, especially the development of its benefits program, and his time in private practice and on the faculty of the Wayne State University Law...
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 11
Abstract In 1971, Reuther archivist Dennis East interviewed Francis J. Dillon, AFL organizer and first president of the UAW. Collection consists of interview transcript. Dillon talks about AFL president William Green, AFL organizing in the auto industry, and the UAW presidency.
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 8
Abstract In 1974, Susan Hartmann and Lucy Haessler interviewed Irene Young Marinovich, a veteran GM worker and local UAW leader at Detroit auto plants, including the General Motors Ternstedt Plant. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about the UAW and conditions for women workers in Detroit-area auto plants during the 1930s and 1940s.
Abstract William "Bill" Bryce and Elaine Crawford interviewed labor activist Irene Young Marinovich for Bryce's documentary on Marinovich's life and work in the UAW,
Dates: circa 1991
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 8-9
Abstract Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International Union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues. Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses topics such as his...
Dates: 2005-03-23 - 2005-03-24; 2005-06-17
Abstract John Herling was a prolific journalist, working for several publications and serving as White House correspondent and syndicated columnist specializing in labor affairs throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He owned "John Herling's Labor Letter," which he edited and published from 1947 to 1990, as well as authoring several books, including Strikes Under the New Deal, The Great Price Conspiracy, and ...
Dates: 1911 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1979
Abstract In 2003, labor historian Mike Smith conducted an oral history interview with labor, civil rights, and community leader Marc Stepp. Stepp worked at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of leadership in the UAW local. He then rose to regional and international levels, culminating in his election in 1974 as UAW International Vice President, a position he filled until his retirement in 1988. Collection consists of video and audio recordings. Stepp talks about his family...
Dates: 2003-06-11 - 2003-06-13
Abstract Between 1984 and 1995, labor attorney Tom Downs conducted oral history interviews with figures important to Michigan's political and labor history. Support for Downs' ongoing project was provided by the Reuther Library, the Michigan Political History Society, and others. Downs was also interviewed. Collection consists of either recordings and/or transcripts of 14 interviews. Participants discuss their backgrounds, entry into politics or the labor movement (or both), significant accomplishments...
Dates: 1984-04-13 - 1996-07-25
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 10
Abstract Around or before 1977, Sidney Kelman interviewed labor organizer Paul Silver. Silver was active in the UAW, including serving as president of UAW Local 351 from 1946 to 1964 and an assignment to the International UAW staff. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Silver talks about his family background including his socialist upbringing and its importance to his later beliefs and actions, his organizing at Detroit Steel Products and elsewhere, founding and leadership of UAW...
Dates: circa 1977
Abstract The oral history chronicles Mason’s life and career, beginning with his early years in Massachusetts, participation in WWII, education at Boston University and, then the University of Michigan where he received his doctorate in history and learned about archival work at what would become the Bentley Historical Library. The interview also explores the collections he acquired, the archival education program he established, the universities, state governments, labor unions, and foundations that...
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 5
Abstract In 1977, labor organizer and civil rights activist Shelton Tappes interviewed radical labor leader Philip "Phil" Raymond. Collection consists of the interview transcript on his work organizing for the United Automobile, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers of America (later renamed the Auto Workers Union or AWU) and the UAW.
Abstract In 1971, Roger Keeran interviewed seven radical auto workers and labor organizers for his book The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions. Collection consists of interview recordings with these auto workers and labor organizers on their perspectives on or involvement with communism and the radical left, and its influence on the development of the UAW. Audio quality on some recordings is poor.
Dates: 1971-07-26 - 1971-08-21
Abstract In March 1974, Richard T. Frankensteen was interviewed on two occassions by interviewer, Jones. Frankensteen served as president of the Automotive Industrial Workers, UAW vice-president, and as a labor relations consultant. Collection consists of sound recordings. The March 20 interview primarily concerns Frankensteen's 1937 run, with other UAW-sponsored candidates, for positions on Detroit's Common Council (city council). The March 27 interview is mainly about Frankensteen's 1945 bid for mayor...
Dates: 1974-03-20; 1974-03-27
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Item: 7
Abstract In 1966, University of Michigan professor of history Sidney Fine interviewed union leader and political activist Roy Reuther. Collection consists of the interview transcript about the 1936-1937 Flint Sit-down Strike.
Abstract Ruth Milkman (1954-) is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the academic director at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her professional focus is labor and labor movements, and she has published on a variety of topics revolving around work and organized labor in the United States. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from the University of California, Berkley. Milkman’s early research focused on women workers during...
Dates: 1975 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1978 - 1991
Abstract Between 1985 and 1998, the United Auto Workers and the Walter P. Reuther Library cooperated in a project to document the careers of members of the UAW International Executive Board and important events in the history of the union. Collection consists of audio recordings, some video recordings, transcripts for 18 interviews, and a metal die of the UAW logo created for printing the transcripts. Past and current IEB members discuss their backgrounds; entry into the labor movement; early careers;...
Dates: 1985-04-30 - 1997-07-28
Abstract In the fall of 1959, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, a joint body of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, formally began an oral history project on the "Development of Unionism in the Automobile Industry." The project's aims were to provide additional historical sources for scholars working on the history of auto unionism, to capture the recollections of those who played a key role in this story, and to discover additional archival materials on labor...
Dates: 1959 - 1963
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 8
Abstract In 1980, R. T. King interviewed labor leader Victor Reuther as part of the Indiana University Oral History Project on the Indiana economy in the twentieth century. Collection consists of a transcript. Reuther discusses UAW organizing activity in Indiana in 1937, which involved a sit-down strike at the General Motors Guide Lamp Division in Anderson.
Abstract In 1984, Ida Burati interviewed labor leader Victor Reuther, focusing on anticommunism in the labor movement following World War II. Collection consists of an audiotape. Reuther talks about Jay Lovestone, George Meany, and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).
- Labor unions 17
- Sound recordings 14
- Transcripts 14
- Labor movement 7
- Automobile industry and trade 6
- Automobile industry workers 6
- Labor unions -- Organizing 5
- Video recordings 4
- Strikes and lockouts 3
- Strikes and lockouts -- Automobile industry 3
- African American labor leaders 2
- African American labor union members 2
- Detroit (Mich.) 2
- Labor leaders -- United States 2
- Labor unions and communism 2
- Socialism 2
- Women in the labor movement 2
- Women labor leaders 2
- Affirmative action 1
- African American women 1
- African Americans 1
- Anderson (Ind.) 1
- Anti-communist movements -- United States 1
- Archives -- Administration 1
- Automation 1
- Civil rights movement 1
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 1
- Employee Fringe Benefits 1
- Flint Sit-Down Strike, 1936-1937 1
- Labor -- History 1
- Labor lawyers 1
- Labor unions -- Factionalism 1
- Labor unions -- History 1
- Michigan -- Politics and government 1
- Sit-down strikes 1 ∧ view less
- General Motors Corporation 4
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 3
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 2
- Marinovich, Irene Young 2
- Mason, Philip P. (Philip Parker Mason) 2
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
- AFL-CIO 1
- AFSCME 1
- Air Line Pilots Association 1
- American Federation of Radio Artists 1
- American Federation of Teachers 1
- Barnard, John 1
- Bentley Historical Library 1
- Bluestone, Irving 1
- Boston University 1
- Bryce, William 1
- Burati, Ida 1
- Children's Crusade for Children 1
- Chrysler Corporation 1
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
- Communist Party of America 1
- Crawford, Elaine 1
- Dillon, Francis J. 1
- Downs, Tom 1
- East, Dennis 1
- Fetzer Institute 1
- Fine, Sidney 1
- Ford Motor Company 1
- General Motors Corporation. Guide Lamp Division 1
- Haessler, Lucy Whitaker 1
- Hartmann, Susan M. 1
- Hill, Herbert 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan--Wayne State University) 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 900 (Wayne, Mich.) 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Chrysler Department 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 22 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 7 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 595 (Linden, N.J.) 1
- Jones, Louis (Louis E.) 1
- Keeney, Jim 1
- Keeran, Roger 1
- Kelman, Sidney 1
- King, R. T. 1
- League for Industrial Democracy 1
- McBride, Roberta 1
- McGregor Fund 1
- McRae, Norman 1
- Mechanics Educational Society of America 1
- Milkman, Ruth 1
- National Association of Letter Carriers (U.S.) 1
- Pflug, Warner W. 1
- Prismatic Club. Detroit, Mich. 1
- Raymond, Philip 1
- Ruggles, Glenn 1
- Ruth Mott Foundation 1
- Savela, Edward 1
- Service Employees International Union 1
- Siegel, Boaz 1
- Silver, Paul 1
- Skeels, Jack W. 1
- Socialist Workers Party 1
- Society of American Archivists 1
- Stepp, Marc 1
- Tappes, Shelton 1
- Tucker, Jerry 1
- United Farm Workers 1
- University of Michigan 1
- Wayne State University 1
- Wayne State University. Law School 1
- Wayne State University. Press 1 ∧ view less
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