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Abraham Lefkowitz Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: La-Le, Box 9, Folder: 12-15
Identifier: LP000402
Abstract Abraham Lefkowitz was a teacher and principal in the New York elementary school system and active in teachers unions, civic and social reform movements, and championed minority causes and civil liberties. He was one of the founders of the American Federation of Teachers, serving as Vice-President for fourteen years. His papers reflect his professional and social contributions made during his years in the New York public school system, particularly his fight against communists in the AFT.
Dates: 1934 - 1966; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1955

AFL-CIO Metropolitan Detroit Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000053_MD
Abstract The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Metropolitan Detroit is the central organization for all Michigan AFL-CIO unions that have locals in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Their records pertain to activities specifically in Wayne County, prior to the merger of the three county councils in 1986, including those of its former presidents Frank Martel (1948-1956), Al Barbour (1958-1967) and its former vice-president Alex Fuller (1959-1967). The records...
Dates: 1918 - 1967

AFT Inventory Part I Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000348_1
Abstract Papers consist of correspondence, ballots, proceedings from meetings, clippings, local finances, per capita reports, charter applications. Subjects include integration, federal works programs, loyalty oaths, academic freedom, federal aid to education, communist issues.
Dates: 1914 - 1980

AFT Inventory Part II Records

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Identifier: LR000348_2
Abstract Contains Series VIII-XIII. Series VIII State publications, 1950s-1963 Series IX, miscellaneous materials 1935-1964 Series X communications to locals, 1934-1963 Series XI memos and mimeographed materials, 1921-1964 Series XII Locals, 1914-1960s Series XIII AFT conventions, 1916-1967
Dates: 1914 - 1967

Al Fishman Papers

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Identifier: UP001654
Abstract Alvin Fishman was born in Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 1927, but he was raised in New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He was drafted and served in Italy during World War II. After the war, he moved to Ann Arbor, MI to attend the University of Michigan and study architecture. During this time he became involved in politics. Fishman left the university prior to graduation to move to Detroit and work as a tool and die machinist in an auto plant for the next thirteen years. He married...
Dates: 1940 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1974 - 2008

Alex Baskin Papers

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Identifier: UP000091
Abstract Dr. Alex Baskin was a professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook; among his mainresearch interests were social history of the late 20th century, especially with regard to the 1960s and 1980s. Dr. Baskin also attended Wayne State University during the 1960s where he studied various left-wing social movements. Among his published works include The Woman Rebel and The Masses.The materials in this collection reflect a wide variety of subjects that Dr. Baskin researched and...
Dates: 1965 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1984

Arthur Elder Papers

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Identifier: LP000075
Overview The collection contains correspondence, reports, and a scrapbook relating to the AFL and education from 1941 to 1949, as well as correspondence, reports, resolutions, studies, hearings, and clippings pertaining to the American Federation of Teachers from 1934 to 1950, the Michigan Federation of Teachers from 1937 to 1949, and the Detroit Federation of Teachers from 1921 to 1951. It also contains correspondence relating to the organizing efforts of the MFT from 1939 to 1953, and to the dismissal...
Dates: 1921 - 1953; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1949

Arthur W. Calhoun Papers

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Identifier: LP000503
Abstract Arthur Calhoun was an author of many published books, a scholar, and a teacher at a large number of American universities, focusing largely on economics and sociology. His papers reflect both his personal and professional interests and are mainly comprised of manuscripts of his writings on subjects as diverse as religion, history, workers education, gerontology, and the humanities.
Dates: 1899 - 1975

Ben Edelbrock Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: E-F, Box 5, Folder: 1
Identifier: LP001157
Abstract The papers of Edelbrock consist of a contract agreement, minutes of meetings of Joint Council of West Side Local 174, the UAW Detroit District Council and several pieces of miscellaneous correspondence. Subjects include UAW Local 174.
Dates: 1937 - 1939

Brookwood Labor College: Mark and Helen Norton Starr Papers

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Identifier: LR000567
Abstract With a background in teaching history and economics in England, Mark Starr moved to the U.S. and went to work for Brookwood Labor College as extension director in 1928. He became director of the Ladies Garment Workers Union Educational Department in 1934, where he served for almost 30 years, publishing pamphlets and articles on workers' education and labor history. In the 1960s, he traveled for the International Labour Office gathering information and training labor leaders in foreign...
Dates: 1917 - 1972; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1962

Charles Ashleigh Papers

 Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: A - Bo, Box 1, Folder: 6
Identifier: LP001110
Abstract Transcripts of interviews with Charles Ashleigh conducted by the Sussex Society for the Study of Labor History in 1973 and 1975. Mr. Ashleigh describes his personal experiences with the Industrial Workers of the World and other radical groups in the years prior to and during World War I and the early 1920's.
Dates: 1973; 1975

Charles M. Dewey Papers

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Identifier: LP001609
Abstract A militant labor activist, Charles Dewey was a member of United Auto Workers Local 155 and supported a number of UAW dissident groups, including the Independent Skilled Trades Council. Mr. Dewey’s papers relate his work with Local 155 and UAW dissident groups.
Dates: 1951 - 1984

CIO Office of the Secretary-Treasurer Records

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Identifier: LR000185
Abstract Part 1 contains James B. Carey records, secretary-treasurer of the CIO from 1938 to 1955. Mr. Carey served as chairman of the CIO Civil Rights Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Philip Murray Memorial Foundation. He was the CIO representative to many international conferences, held a number of advisory positions with U.S. government agencies, and was on the executive boards of many private organizations. The topics cover a wide range of CIO activities. Among these are attempts to reunite...
Dates: 1935 - 1960

Claude Williams Papers

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Identifier: LP000819
Abstract Claude Williams served as a minister in various congregations and was active in the labor and civil rights movements. Mr. Williams worked closely with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU), founded the New Era Training School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the People’s Institute for Applied Religion (PIAR), served as the national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and as director of Commonwealth College.
Dates: 1929 - 1979

Dave Miller Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 11
Identifier: LOH002062
Abstract In or before 1972, Daniel Brooks interviewed labor leader Dave Miller, first president of United Auto Workers Local 22 and a founding member of the National Council of Senior Citizens. Collection consists of an interview transcript. Miller talks about his childhood in Dundee, Scotland; his early working life, beginning as a child laborer in a textile mill, and entry into labor activism in Scotland and England; observations on social class and activism in the UK, including the temperance...
Dates: 1972-01-04

David Herreshoff Papers

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Identifier: UP000692
Abstract David Herreshoff, an English professor at Wayne State University, was interested in the issue of workers in America. His papers reflect his research on organizations and issues involved in the 'New Left' movement of the 1960s.
Dates: 1959 - 1971

Don Binkowski Papers

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Identifier: LP000796
Abstract Don Binkowski spent his career serving the people of Michigan as a Warren councilman, delegate of the Michigan Constitutional Convention, and judge in the 37th District Court. Privately, Binkowski, a passionate historian, copiously researched and wrote extensively on Polish and Polish-American history and interests, and on North Detroit. This collection is mainly comprised of Binkowski’s research collected in the pursuit of publication, specifically his three books: Col. P.W. Norris –...
Dates: 1920 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1980

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Papers

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Identifier: LP000122
Abstract Elizabeth Gurley Flynn joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) as a high school student in 1906, but left school a year later to dedicate herself to organizing full time. A gifted and popular speaker, over the next several years she participated in IWW free speech and legal defense fund-raising campaigns and helped organize the Lawrence and Paterson textile strikes. A tireless defender of labor and political agitators facing deportation, Ms. Flynn helped found the ACLU in 1920, only to...
Dates: 1956 - 1964

Ernest Goodman Papers

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Identifier: UP001152
Abstract A founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Ernest Goodman served as NLG President, and formed the nation’s first (known) interracial law firm: Goodman, Crockett, Eden and Rob. He was deeply involved with the labor movement and some of its most bitter union organizing struggles and remained committed throughout his career to serving the common man, with clients ranging from Communists, Black Panthers, prison inmates, and African-Americans during the civil rights...
Dates: 1929 - 1997; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1975

Frances D. and G. Lyman Paine Papers

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Identifier: LP001439
Abstract Frances D. and G. Lyman Paine enjoyed a forty-four year political and personal partnership. Their papers reflect their radical political interests and activities and include material related to the newspaper "Correspondence."
Dates: 1953 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1953 - 1960

George James Saul Manuscript

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Identifier: LP002401
Abstract George James Saul (1897-1967) was born in Nebraska, but eventually settled in the Detroit Area with his family, becoming an active member in radical politics. After serving during World War I, Saul pursued higher education at the University of Denver, graduating in 1925. After graduation, he was committed to “working for Civil Rights, Unionization, Radical Politics, and in general working toward the betterment of society and for the working man in particular.” Saul was also heavily involved in...
Dates: 1969

George Lutzai Papers

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Identifier: LP000019
Abstract An early member of the IWW and of UAW Local 314 in Detroit, Mr. Lutzai has long been interested in various radical movements. This collection contains materials on communism and anti-religious movements, as well as humanist, rationalist, and free-thought pamphlets from the 1950's and 1960's. Other periodicals and newspapers have items on the American Civil Liberties Union, Father Charles Coughlin's Social Justice Movement, and problems of senior citizens.
Dates: 1919 - 1965

Government Military Investigations - Auto Industry Records

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Identifier: LR001143
Abstract Government files on suspected Communists.
Dates: 1933 - 1940

Helen Bowers Papers

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Identifier: LP001879
Abstract Helen Marie Newman Bowers was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on May 16, 1908. After graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, she began teaching art in Detroit, Michigan in 1933 and quickly got involved with the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT), Local 231. She left the teaching profession in 1958 to become the executive secretary of the DFT. Together with DFT President Mary Ellen Riordan, Detroit teachers won collective bargaining in 1964. Helen Bowers won duty-free...
Dates: 1934 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1947 - 1970

Henry Kraus Papers

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Identifier: LP000112
Abstract Mr. Kraus was the first editor of the UAW's newspaper The United Auto Worker (later changed to Solidarity). He was active in the early attempts by the UAW (first under the AFL and later under the CIO) to organize the auto industry. Files for the late 1920s and early 1930s cover the attempts by groups, including the Auto Workers Union of the Trade Union Unity League, to organize auto workers, and discuss such events as the Murray Body Strike (1929); the Ford Hunger March (1932); and the Briggs...
Dates: 1926 - 1960; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1944

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Bailey, J. Edward, 1923- 1
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Baldinger, Wilbur 1
Barbour, Alex 1
Baskin, Alex 1
Binkowski, Don 1
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Brooks, Dan 1
Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) 1
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Carter, Jimmy, 1924- 1
Center for Democratic Values 1
Children's Crusade for Children 1
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Jablonower, Joseph, 1888-1971 1
Jackson, Jesse, 1941- 1
James, C.L.R. (Cyril Lionel Robert) 1
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Keeran, Roger 1
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 1
Koch, Raymond, 1909- 1
Kraus, Dorothy 1
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Krzycki, Leo 1
Lauck, W. Jett (William Jett), 1879-1949 1
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