Showing Collections: 1 - 17 of 17
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 In 2003 Sarah Arvey interviewed 17 Detroit-area second-wave feminists, under the auspices of the Michigan arm of the Veteran Feminists of America, a nonprofit organization chronicling the modern women's movement. Collection consists of transcripts of these 17 interviews. The women interviewed talk about their lives, careers, families, what influenced them to become feminists, and their feminist activism. Included are observations on their solidarity with and intersections of their work with the...
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 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 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, 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
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
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 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 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 3: O-Si, Folder: 3
Abstract In 1979, as part of her work for Wayne State University's oral history methodology course, Christopher Ann "Chris" Paton interviewed Valter Poole, director of the Wayne State University Orchestra. Collection consists of a printed transcript, which includes an index and a biographical sketch. Poole talks about his background and his musical career at Wayne State University.
Dates: 1979-10-23 - 1979-12-05
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.
- Oral histories 16
- Sound recordings 12
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations 4
- African Americans 3
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1967 3
- Michigan -- Politics and government 3
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 2
- Religious life 2
- Video recordings 2
- African American businesspeople 1
- African Americans -- History 1
- African Americans -- Medical care 1
- Appalachians (People) 1
- Broadcasting 1
- Civil rights 1
- Civil rights movement 1
- Civil rights movements 1
- Community activists 1
- Community education 1
- Community life 1
- Community organization 1
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 1
- Ethnic groups -- United States 1
- Families -- United States 1
- Feminism 1
- Folk songs 1
- Folklore 1
- Great Depression 1
- Greek Americans 1
- Greek language -- Dialects 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Jews. American 1
- Labor -- History 1
- Labor movement 1
- Labor unions 1
- Law -- Study and teaching 1
- Manners and customs 1
- Music -- Instruction and study 1
- Newspapers 1
- Radicalism 1
- Rural-urban migration -- United States 1
- Second-wave feminism -- Michigan -- Detroit 1
- Segregation in education 1
- Social justice 1
- Strikes and lockouts 1
- Symphony orchestras 1
- Traditional medicine 1
- Urban legends 1
- Urban renewal 1
- Wayne County (Mich.) 1
- Women 1
- Working class 1
- Working class -- Songs and music 1 ∧ view less
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 3
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 3
- Wayne State University 3
- Boryczka, Raymond 2
- Allison, Bob 1
- Alpern, Ron 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Babson, Steve 1
- Boggs, Grace Lee 1
- Cavanagh, Mark 1
- Cavanagh, Paul 1
- Cunningham, Bill 1
- Detroit Urban League 1
- Dobija, Jane 1
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 1
- General Linen and Uniform Company 1
- Girardin, Ray 1
- Jones, Louis (Louis E.) 1
- Josaitis, Eleanor 1
- Kelman, Maurice 1
- LeFevre, William 1
- Moon, Elaine Latzman 1
- Paton, Christopher Ann 1
- Pilling, Patricia L. 1
- Poole, Valter 1
- Renaissance Center (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Revitte, John 1
- Schumer, William 1
- Stankrauff, Alison 1
- Sullivan, Joseph B. 1
- Tappert, Tara Leigh 1
- Veteran Feminists of America 1
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 1
- Wayne State University. Library Science Program 1
- WestSiders (Society) 1
- Young, Coleman A. 1 ∧ view less
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