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Abstract Bruce Harkness photographed the area known as “Poletown,” a multi-ethnic, multi-racial urban area on Detroit’s East Side, from February to December 1981. These photographs document the hundreds of buildings and businesses that were demolished to make way for the construction of a General Motors assembly plant. In addition, Harkness captured vibrant urban exteriors and interiors, neighborhood landmarks, residents and street scenes. The collection is comprised of 200 8"x10" silver gelatin,...
Dates: 1981-02 - 1981-10
Abstract Chris Alston worked as an organizer for the the CIO during the 1930's, founding what became the Tobacco Stemmers' and Laborers' Industrial Union (CIO) in Richmond, Virginia. He served as president of United Auto Workers Local 429 from 1958 to 1962. Mr. Alston worked as a community organizer in Detroit, founding what became the Forest Park Citizens' District Council. Marti Alston served as an officer of the Forest Park Citizens' District Council and founded with her husband Chris the Michigan...
Dates: 1942 - 1996; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989
Abstract With a background in labor activities and civil rights, Coleman Young captured a Michigan State Senate seat in 1964, representing an east side Detroit district, and rose quickly to leadership posts in the Lansing legislature. Michigan Democrats elected him in 1968 to become the first black member ever to serve on the Democratic National Committee. In 1973, pledging to restore peace between the people and police of Detroit, Coleman Young announced as a candidate for Mayor of Detroit. He defeated...
Dates: 1964 - 1993; Majority of material found in 1993 - 1993
Abstract The first installment of the papers of Damon J. Keith consists primarily of published material documenting important milestones in Judge Keith's career, his precedent-setting judicial decisions and the many honors and awards bestowed upon him for his dedication to the city of Detroit and his pioneering role in ensuring equal justice for all Americans.
Dates: 1948 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989
Abstract The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) grew out of an attempt by a group of ten young women in 1914 to provide Detroit with culture. A permanent home, Orchestra Hall, was built in 1919 by C. Howard Crane. The DSO performs regular subscription and special concerts, as well as provides a number of special events and programs outside of Orchestra Hall. The records of the DSO relate its administration, marketing, and public relations, as well as the orchestra's community outreach, cultural...
Dates: 1950 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1962 - 1986
Abstract The Detroit WestSiders organization was founded in 1995 to research and preserve the history of the people and institutions that made the west side of Detroit a nurturing and progressive enclave for African Americans in the period from 1920 to 1950. In 2005, as part of the WestSiders project, Reuther Library Field Archivist Louis Jones conducted oral history interviews with 12 longtime community members. The WestSiders compiled and selected this documentation for books and a website to educate...
Dates: 2005-05-15 - 2005-09-19
Abstract Edward Vaughn was a participant in the rise of black consciousness that began to proliferate in the 1960s. He opened Vaughn’s Bookstore in Detroit in 1965, the second black bookstore in America, and it was well known as disseminator of books and information on African American history. Vaughn also became involved in Forum 66, Black Star Co-op Inc., was part of the 6th Pan-African Congress, and a number of other organizations promoting African American culture and Detroit community. Vaughn...
Abstract Elvin Lamoine Davenport (1899-1988) was the first African-American judge elected to the Recorder’s Court for the City of Detroit; he served on the bench for over 20 years. Davenport was born in Folly, Virginia, attended local schools, and received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from Howard University Law School in 1929. After graduation he worked as a Pullman porter for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and completed further graduate studies at McGill...
Dates: 1942 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1942 - 1977
Abstract In 2007, Reuther archivist William LeFevre conducted an oral history on the organization Focus: HOPE, interviewing its co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and longtime supporter Senator Carl Levin. The civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. Its aims were and are to overcome racism and poverty and foster social justice, racial integration, and urban employment through food distribution, human relations, and job training...
Dates: 2007-07-10; 2007-10-19
Abstract The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. To document these traditions, Wayne State University students conducted field research projects that included oral history interviews. Collection consists of audio recordings of 55 interviews (or aggregations of multiple interviews on a single topic) conducted by student interviewer-collectors, some of which,...
Dates: 1961 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971
Abstract The Folklore Archive, established in 1939, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. To document these traditions, Wayne State University students conducted field research projects covering a broad range of topics. The archive is strong in modern industrial and occupational folklore, reflecting the rich ethnic diversity and work-oriented heritage of Detroit and southeastern Michigan. The Folklore Archive: Studies and Research Projects Records contain...
Dates: 1968 - 1995
Abstract James and Grace Lee Boggs played a leading role in organizing radical groups in Detroit and nationally and contributed to the founding of the National Organization for an American Revolution (NOAR). Their papers relate largely to their publications and speaking engagements, reflecting their involvement with radical organizations and in updating radical political theory, as well as their community activism in Detroit.
Dates: 1930 - 1993
Abstract The James and Grace Lee Boggs Photographs and Audio-Visual Materials document the personal and philosophical interests of the Boggses throughout their respective lives. Featured are audio recordings of lectures, sermons, and interviews by Rev. Albert Cleage (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman), Malcolm X, Milton Henry, and C.L.R. James, among others, and recordings from entities such as the Freedom NOW Party and the National Grassroots Leadership Conference. Though not as heavily represented, recordings of...
Abstract The papers of Mr. Cavanagh, mayor of Detroit from 1962 to 1970. They include correspondence, reports, studies, speeches, minutes, and other materials of the mayor's office and commissions and departments of the city. Efforts, both local and national, in improving economic and racial conditions in Detroit are recorded in the collection. Subjects of interest include 1967 Detroit riot; Detroit Police Dept.; urban redevelopment programs; Detroit and Michigan politics; New Detroit, Inc.; poverty...
Dates: 1960 - 1979
Abstract The papers of Lily Lampinen reflect her personal interest in a variety of important social and political issues, particularly civil rights for minorities.
Dates: 1960 - 1975; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969
Abstract Norman McRae was a longtime teacher and administrator in the Detroit Public School System, playing a major role in the development of multicultural and human rights curricula. His papers mainly reflect his avid research on African-American history and the African-American experience.Part II of the Norman McRae Papers consists mainly of educational curriculums and resources, the centennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, and secondary sources on Detroit and Michigan...
Dates: 1960 - 1989
Abstract Dr. Rachel Boone Keith came to Detroit from New York City in 1951 after receiving her medical degree from Boston University and was an internist in private practice from that point forward, practicing medicine at several Detroit area hospitals. Dr. Keith served on a number of professional commissions and committees and was active in civic, cultural, and educational organizations, including her work as a lifetime member of the NAACP. Dr. Keith’s papers document her education, professional...
Dates: 1937 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2006
Abstract Robert Millender (1916-1978) was an influential attorney, political strategist, and campaign manager in Detroit, most notable for his efforts to establish political power for African Americans in the city throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He began his legal and political career in the mid-1950s as a labor attorney, including appointments to the Workers Compensation Board and the Trade Unions Leadership Council. In the early 1960s, Millender and George Crockett, Jr. began working toward the goal...
Dates: 1963 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1977
Abstract Robert A. Sedler is a Professor of Law at Wayne State University where he teaches courses in constitutional law and conflict of laws. Mr. Sedler has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases, has published extensively on constitutional law, and has received several awards for his work in these areas. The materials in these papers consist of documents related to the Detroit Branch, NAACP, et al. v. City of Dearborn, a case brought by the NAACP and the ACLU to overturn a...
Dates: 1985 - 1990
Abstract Subjects include: African-American workers; anti-Semitism; civil rights; community action programs; CIO state councils; race relations; Democratic Party; Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements; employment discrimination; Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative; Ku Klux Klan; Mexican Americans; gender discrimination; women's rights; United Steelworkers of America; sharecroppers; skilled trades; school desegregation
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Dates: 1940 - 1980
Abstract In 1989, the Detroit Urban League initiated a project to create an oral history of Detroit’s African American community, underrepresented in traditional histories of the city, focusing on the period of 1918 through 1967, from near the time of the League’s founding to the civil unrest of 1967. Elaine Latzman Moon, then on staff at the Detroit Urban League, led the project and interviewed more than 200 participants from all walks of life, ages, and social and economic status, including many...
Dates: 1990 - 1994
Abstract William Hanna worked for the city of Detroit. During the course of the work day and on his free time, Hanna would capture events in the city that he personally found interesting or of importance. The photographs in his collection consist of black and white snapshots of the building of the Fort St. County Building and the changing river front, and color snapshots of buildings, streets, and people during the civil unrest in Detroit in 1967.
Dates: 1953 - 1967
- Detroit (Mich.) 19
- African Americans 18
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations 8
- Civil rights 6
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 6
- African Americans -- History 4
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1967 4
- Detroit -- social conditions 4
- Housing 4
- Oral histories 4
- Social history 4
- Transcripts 4
- Courts -- United States 3
- Education 3
- Folklore 3
- Michigan -- Politics and government 3
- Radicalism 3
- Religious life 3
- Women 3
- African American businesspeople 2
- Appalachians (People) 2
- Communism 2
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 2
- Ethnic groups -- United States 2
- Folk songs 2
- Manners and customs 2
- Polish Americans 2
- Political campaigns 2
- Politics, Practical 2
- Race relations 2
- Rural-urban migration -- United States 2
- Sound recordings 2
- Strikes and lockouts 2
- Traditional medicine 2
- Video recordings 2
- Affirmative action 1
- African American labor leaders 1
- African American labor union members 1
- African Americans -- Medical care 1
- Asian American women 1
- Black nationalism -- United States 1
- Black power 1
- Buildings -- Detroit (Mich.) 1
- Busing for School Integration 1
- City planning 1
- Civil rights movement 1
- Civil rights movements 1
- Coal miners 1
- Collective bargaining 1
- Community education 1
- Community life 1
- Community organization 1
- Dearborn (Mich.) 1
- Deindustrialization 1
- Desegregation 1
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1943 1
- Detroit (Mich.) Fire Department 1
- Discrimination in employment 1
- Discrimination in housing 1
- Families -- United States 1
- Folk music 1
- Greek Americans 1
- Greek language -- Dialects 1
- Hamtramck (Mich.) 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Jews. American 1
- Journalism 1
- Labor union locals 1
- Labor unions 1
- Local elections 1
- Medical care 1
- Mental health 1
- Minorities 1
- Neighborhoods 1
- Nursing 1
- Performing Arts 1
- Photographic prints 1
- Photographs 1
- Photography 1
- Police -- community relations 1
- Poverty 1
- Prohibition -- United States 1
- Race riots 1
- Racism 1
- Redlining 1
- Segregation in education 1
- Snapshots 1
- Social justice 1
- Theater 1
- Urban legends 1
- Wayne County (Mich.) 1
- Women -- Folklore 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Working class -- Songs and music 1 ∧ view less
- Boggs, Grace Lee 3
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 3
- Boggs, James 2
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 2
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 2
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch 2
- Young, Coleman A. 2
- Alston, Chris (Christopher Columbus) 1
- Alston, Marti (Martha (nee Arnold)) 1
- American Civil Liberties Union 1
- American Federation of Teachers 1
- Austin, Richard H. 1
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 1
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
- Cunningham, Bill 1
- Davenport, Elvin 1
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Police Department 1
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra 1
- Detroit Urban League 1
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 1
- Hanna, William 1
- Harkness, Bruce (Bruce L.) 1
- Henry, Milton 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 1
- James, C.L.R. (Cyril Lionel Robert) 1
- Jones, Louis (Louis E.) 1
- Josaitis, Eleanor 1
- Keith, Rachel Boone 1
- Lampinen, Lily 1
- LeFevre, William 1
- Mahaffey, Maryann 1
- McRae, Norman 1
- Millender, Robert L. 1
- Moon, Elaine Latzman 1
- National Organization for Women 1
- New Detroit, Inc. (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Sedler, Robert Allen 1
- United Steelworkers 1
- Vaughn, Edward 1
- Wayne State University 1
- WestSiders (Society) 1 ∧ view less
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