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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: 1
Abstract In 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Detroit media personality Bob Allison, whose real name is Bob Allesee. This collection consists of audio recordings and electronic transcripts of the two-part interview. Allison talks about growing up in LaPorte, Indiana; his radio career prior to settling in Detroit; his military service during the Korean War; his radio career in Detroit, including hosting the long-running "Ask Your Neighbor" program on WWJ and WNZK; his television career, including the Twin...
Dates: 2005-03-31; 2005-06-15
Abstract Detroit Labor History Tours was formed circa 1979-1980 as a non-profit endeavor organized by the Michigan chapter of Workers Education Local 189, with founding and early members Ron Alpern, Steve Babson, Dave Elsila, and John Revitte. In addition to their bus tours of Detroit focused on the city's labor history, the organization completed several educational projects and publications. Between 1981 and 1984, Detroit Labor History Tours staff and volunteers conducted an oral history project to...
Dates: 1980-02-09 - 1991-07-01; Majority of material found within 1980-07-01 - 1983-04-30
Abstract Students in Patricia L. Pilling's Wayne State University course on oral history methodology conducted oral histories as part of their coursework. The Detroit Renaissance Center Oral History Project spanned multiple semesters between 1977 and 1980. Students interviewed individuals with some affiliation to the Renaissance Center. The collection consists of 39 recorded interviews with individuals working at, with, and in the vicinity of the Renaissance Center, or residents of the area, about the...
Dates: 1977 - 1980
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. Between 1983 and 1984, the Department of Greek and Latin at Wayne State University, in conjuction with the university's Folklore Archive and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Humanities, undertook a project, "The Greek-American Family: Continuity Through Change," to document the Greek...
Dates: 1983 - 1984
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. In 1981, as the Wayne State University Folklore Archive's contribution to the Great Lakes Art Alliance's Regional Folklife Project, field researcher Patricia Radecki documented the folk traditions of Southern Appalachian whites who had migrated to the metropolitan Detroit area, in part through oral history...
Dates: 1981; 1995
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
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 7
Abstract Revolutionary socialist, community activist, and radical theorist Grace Lee Boggs was interviewed in 2002 by Wayne State University graduate student Alison Stankrauff as part of coursework for the Wayne State University oral history methodology course. Collection consists of recording and transcript for an interview in which Dr. Boggs discusses her involvement with radical political ideas, community activism in Detroit, and other aspects of her work and life.
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 5
Abstract Judge Joseph B. Sullivan was a longtime Wayne County legal and civic leader, notable for his role as a founding member of Focus: HOPE. Early in his career he was executive secretary for Detroit mayor Jerome Cavanagh, with whom he became a close friend. He was interviewed by Reuther archivist Raymond Boryczka in 1991. Collection consists of the interview recordings and transcript, conducted in two parts in June and August of 1991, with Sullivan on the election and administration of Detroit mayor...
Dates: 1991-06-18; 1991-08-14
Abstract Attorney Maurice Kelman taught at Wayne State University Law School and served as Special Counsel to Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Part 1 of Mr. Kelman’s papers, which reflect his career as an attorney and arbitrator, primarily relate his work as Special Counsel to Mayor Cavanagh.Part 2 of the Collection spans the years of 1943 to 2012, including materials from Kelman's early life attending Durfee Intermediate and Cass Technical High Schools, further education at the University of Michigan,...
Dates: 1943 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974
Abstract In August 2002, Mike Smith interviewed UAW labor leader and civil rights and women's rights activist Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit. Jeffrey was the UAW’s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Women’s Bureau, Community Relations Department, and Consumer Affairs Department. Collection consists of recordings of two interviews. Jeffrey discusses her childhood in rural Iowa, family, education, entry into the workforce and the labor...
Dates: 2002-08-08; 2002-08-28
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 10
Abstract In 1991, Raymond Boryczka conducted an interview with Paul Cavanagh, brother of Detroit mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Cavanagh discusses his and his brother's childhood in Detroit; Paul's work at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler; UAW involvement; and, mainly, his brother Jerome "Jerry" Cavanaugh's political growth and career. Some topics covered include Father Coughlin, race relations, religion, and the Civil Rights movement.
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
Abstract In August-September 2004, labor historian Mike Smith conducted a series of three interviews with former Detroit mayor Roman Gribbs. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for a series of three interviews. Gribbs discusses his background, education, and early career in law and law enforcement, including his time as sheriff of Wayne County following the 1967 civil unrest, and his time as mayor, from 1970 to 1974.
Dates: 2004-08-07 - 2004-09-17
Abstract In 1994, Philip Mason conducted a series of interviews with noted photojournalist Tony Spina. Collection consists of audio recordings of four interviews conducted between February 21 and September 1, 1994. Spina talks about his life and work as a photographer for the Detroit Free Press. The August 25 tapes include an interview with Detroit Free Press editor-publisher Neal Shine about Spina.
Dates: 1994-02-21 - 1994-09-01
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
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 9
Abstract While a student at Wayne State University, Tara Leigh Tappert interviewed noted African American attorney, judge, and law professor Judge Wade H. McCree Jr. in 1976 as part of the Wayne State University Oral History Methodologies course. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript about his family and education prior to the beginning of his professional career in Detroit after World War II. He also discusses his military service and his legal career.
Abstract Students in the Wayne State University course on oral history methodology conduct oral history interviews as part of their coursework, typically interviewing WSU campus and Detroit community members. This group of oral histories primarily of campus faculty and staff was created between 1979 and 1981. Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts for 7 interviews. Wayne State University faculty and staff discuss their lives and careers and reflect on campus history. A Detroit area...
Dates: 1979-06-27 - 1981-10-29
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 9
Abstract In 2008, Mike Smith interviewed Detroit businessman William "Bill" Schumer, co-owner with his wife, Irene, of longrunning family business General Linen and Uniform Service and an active member in Detroit's Jewish community. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript. Covers Schumer's business life and his personal and professional involvement with the Jewish community.
- Transcripts 12
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 3
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations 3
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1967 3
- Folklore 3
- Manners and customs 3
- Michigan -- Politics and government 3
- Religious life 3
- Appalachians (People) 2
- Civil rights movement 2
- Jews. American 2
- Labor unions 2
- Rural-urban migration -- United States 2
- Social justice 2
- Strikes and lockouts 2
- Traditional medicine 2
- Video recordings 2
- Wayne County (Mich.) 2
- Women -- Folklore 2
- African Americans 1
- African Americans -- History 1
- Automobile industry workers 1
- Broadcasting 1
- Civil rights movements 1
- Coal miners 1
- Community activists 1
- Community organization 1
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1943 1
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 1
- Employee Fringe Benefits 1
- Ethnic groups -- United States 1
- Families -- United States 1
- Folk music 1
- Folk songs 1
- Great Depression 1
- Greek Americans 1
- Greek language -- Dialects 1
- Greeks -- United States 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Journalism 1
- Labor -- History 1
- Labor lawyers 1
- Labor movement 1
- Labor union locals 1
- Labor unions -- Organizing 1
- Law -- Study and teaching 1
- Mental health 1
- Newspapers 1
- Nursing 1
- Photojournalists 1
- Polish Americans 1
- Prohibition -- United States 1
- Radicalism 1
- Sex discrimination 1
- Urban renewal 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Women labor leaders 1
- Women's rights 1
- Working class 1
- World War, 1939-1945 1 ∧ view less
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 4
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 3
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 3
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 3
- Boryczka, Raymond 2
- Langlois, Janet L. 2
- Mason, Philip P. (Philip Parker Mason) 2
- Allison, Bob 1
- Alpern, Ron 1
- American Federation of Radio Artists 1
- Babson, Steve 1
- Boggs, Grace Lee 1
- Cavanagh, Mark 1
- Cavanagh, Paul 1
- Detroit Free Press Co. 1
- Detroit Urban League 1
- Dobija, Jane 1
- General Linen and Uniform Company 1
- Girardin, Ray 1
- Kelman, Maurice 1
- Moon, Elaine Latzman 1
- Pilling, Patricia L. 1
- Radecki, Patricia 1
- Renaissance Center (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Revitte, John 1
- Schumer, William 1
- Siegel, Boaz 1
- Spina, Tony 1
- Stankrauff, Alison 1
- Sullivan, Joseph B. 1
- Tappert, Tara Leigh 1
- Wayne State University 1
- Wayne State University. Law School 1
- Wayne State University. Library Science Program 1
- Young, Coleman A. 1 ∧ view less
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