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Detroit Commission on Community Relations (DCCR) / Human Rights Department Photographs and Other Material
Abstract The Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee in 1953 and was renamed in 1974 as the Human Rights Department. All three iterations served a common purpose: to make recommendations to improve governmental services affecting racial relations, and to promote understanding between the races. Collection consists of photographs documenting its efforts to overcome racial discrimination and improve race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area...
Abstract The Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee in 1953 and was renamed in 1974 as the Human Rights Department. All three iterations served a common purpose: to make recommendations to improve governmental services affecting racial relations, and to promote understanding between the races. Minutes, correspondence, and case studies document the Commission's efforts to achieve these goals.Topics covered include affirmative action,...
Abstract The Detroit Industrial Mission (DIM) was an ecumenical organization that was founded on the premise of a need for a better understanding between the worker, management and religion. It aimed to serve all churches and types of industry. The industrial mission, organized by the Rev. Hugh C. White in October 1956, sought to organize independently of the formal structures of any denomination. The mission engaged directly with varying types of industry to explore with managers and their workers 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...
Abstract Organizations in this collection include New Detroit, Inc., National Council of La Raza, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Additionally, this collection encompasses the work of many organizations involved in the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, such as the Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (La Sed), Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), Latino Family Services, and SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc....
Scope and Content Series 1: Kate DeSmet Records, 1995-1999 Series 2: Esther Ingber Records, 1995-1996 Series 3: Randy Karpinen Records, 1997-1998 Series 4: Ephemera/AV, 1995-1999
Abstract Between 2004 and 2005, Dennis Deslippe interviewed labor leader Douglas Fraser and retired police officer Ron Mestdaugh as part of his research on the history of affirmative action in the Detroit Police Department. Collection consists of two audio interviews. Fraser, appointed by Mayor Coleman Young to chair the Detroit Police Commission, details the commission's efforts to integrate the police department. Mestdaugh, a white officer, talks about his time on the police force from his recruitment...
Abstract Dr. Freeman Flynn served on the Detroit School Board for many years. His personal interests led him to focus upon human relations, and the problems associated with inter-cultural and interracial education. During the period 1965 through 1976, when the city sought to implement plans for the desegregation of its schools, Dr. Flynn served as the Director of the Division of School-Community Relations.
Abstract On 17 December 1976, the Detroit Central Board of Education had officially requested "a management audit" of the decentralized school system from its establishment in 1970. An outline of a proposed "task force" was discussed on 7 March 1977. Three weeks later, State Representative Stopczynski introduced House Bills 4401 and 4466 respectively proposing greater parental control over school curricula and abolition of the Detroit Regional School Boards.
Abstract The Detroit Recreation Department has had a long and storied history of mergers, re-naming, re-organizing, and re-structuring. Growing out of once separate Parks and Recreation Commissions, its history has long included a Recreation Division which administered a dance program as part of its Special Activities Unit. Shirley Harbin was hired in 1963 as a Senior Recreation Instructor in Drama, and by 1971, she was the Senior Recreation Instructor in Dramatics and Music. At the time Harbin was with...
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...
Overview The City of Detroit had difficulty rebuilding after the riots of 1967, as its population dwindled, along with available capital and a supply of suitable housing, which suffered from neglect and abandonment. The Detroit Renaissance, a non-profit organization of business and community leaders, was formed in 1970 by the chief executives of the region's most influential employers to focus on the redevelopment of Detroit. Promoting urban renewal, this Southeast Michigan business roundtable created a...
Abstract In 1985, Detroit Renaissance undertook a comprehensive strategic planning effort for the city of Detroit and two years later chartered the Detroit Strategic Plan Group for that purpose. The Detroit Strategic Plan then established five task forces which focused on crime, education, city image, jobs/economic development, and race relations. The Detroit Strategic Plan is made up of labor, religious, and government leaders, professionals, and members of civic and community organizations. The...
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...
Abstract Detroit Typographical Union (DTU) No. 18 was established in 1852 in conjunction with the establishment of the National Typographical Union (later known as the International Typographical Union or ITU). Throughout its history the union has represented three major dailies: The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit Times as well as suburban newspaper publications and non-newsprint publishers of the Detroit metropolitan area.The DTU records document its administration and...
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...
Abstract The Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (UDA) began in 1964 with sponsorship from the Detroit Edison Company and Wayne State University to understand the affects of urban growth in the city of Detroit in order to better prepare for future growth. The project was managed for seven years by the international urban planning organization, Doxiadis Associates and produced three volumes of published findings.The UDA records document Doxiadis and the evolution of this project,...
Abstract Diane Edgecomb’s involvement with Detroit’s Central Business District Association goes back to the 1950s when she was hired as director of promotions. Edgecomb rose through the ranks and by 1980 served as president until her retirement in 1997. She is primarily noted for her work with mayors Roman Gribbs and Coleman Young to establish ethnic festivals that eventually moved to Hart Plaza in the 1970s. Diane Edgecomb died in 2013.The collection reflects Ms. Edgecomb’s work with the...
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 –...
Abstract A graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, Michael Weston practiced law at Hill, Lewis, Andrews, Adams, Goodrich and Power (now known as Clark Hill), before serving as Secretary (1969), Treasurer (1970) and President (1972) of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Developed out of the 1967 riots, the EDC of Greater Detroit was a multi-corporate consortium created as the Detroit business establishment’s vehicle to increase opportunities for African-Americans...
Abstract Labor and women’s rights activist Edith Van Horn began her career in the labor movement during World War II, when she left graduate school to join the war effort as an assembly line laborer for Goodyear Aircraft, where she joined United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 856. Ms. Horn later held posts as chief steward of Douglas Aircraft UAW Local 17, chief steward of Chrysler’s Dodge Main Local 3, where she was the first woman to serve on Local 3’s executive board, as a delegate to the UAW...
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 Elaine Moon is an author and poet from the Detroit area, known for her work "Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes: An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967."
Abstract Elise Hatt Campbell was a staff member of the Merrill-Palmer Institute. During her tenure she conducted studies and wrote articles concerning childhood development and education, as well as taught courses at Wayne University. Campbell was also a consultant in the Detroit Council for Youth Service and Chairman of the Committee of the Detroit Council of Social Agencies. The papers of Elise Hatt Campbell reflect her work within the Merrill-Palmer Institute and as an instructor at Wayne University....
Abstract Ellen Creager (b. 1956), a Detroit Free Press reporter, first joined the press as a copy editor in 1983 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University; ultimately she was promoted to the position of general assignment reporter in the Features Department. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News employees engaged in a strike against Gannett and Knight-Ridder newspaper chains beginning in July of 1995. Creager was working part-time when the strike began because...
- Subject: Detroit (Mich.) X
- Walter P. Reuther Library 192
- Wayne State University Library System Special Collections 1
- Wayne State University 25
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 15
- Young, Coleman A. 15
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 11
- United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit 9
- Detroit Public Schools 8
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 8
- United Foundation (Detroit, Mich.) 7
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 6
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch 6
- New Detroit, Inc. (Detroit, Mich.) 6
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 6
- Detroit Free Press Co. 5
- Merrill-Palmer Institute 5
- AFL-CIO 4
- Boggs, Grace Lee 4
- Detroit. Commission on Community Relations 4
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit 4
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 4
- AFSCME 3
- American Civil Liberties Union 3
- American Federation of Teachers 3
- Berg, Harriet (Harriet Jean) 3
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 3
- Detroit Housing Commission 3
- Detroit News (Firm) 3
- Mahaffey, Maryann 3
- Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO 3
- Michigan Organization for Human Rights 3
- Newspaper Guild of Detroit 3
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities 3
- Archdiocese of Detroit 2
- Austin, Richard H. 2
- Blanchard, James J., 1942- 2
- Boggs, James 2
- Boryczka, Raymond 2
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 2
- Croxford, Beulah Groehn 2
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 2
- Detroit (Mich.). Mayor's Interracial Committee 2
- Detroit Federation of Teachers 2
- Detroit Renaissance (Firm) 2
- Detroit Sunday Journal 2
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra 2
- Detroit Urban League 2
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 2
- Girardin, Ray 2
- Hamlin, Michael Charles 2
- Harkness, Bruce (Bruce L.) 2
- Harper Hospital 2
- Hutzel Hospital 2
- Langlois, Janet L. 2
- Mason, Philip P. (Philip Parker Mason) 2
- Moon, Elaine Latzman 2
- National Labor Relations Bureau (U.S.) 2
- National Organization for Women 2
- Newspaper Guild 2
- Preservation Wayne 2
- Ravitz, Melvin 2
- Renaissance Center (Detroit, Mich.) 2
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
- Schermer, George, 1919-1989 2
- Shenkar, George 2
- Stephens, Thomas W. 2
- United States. Children's Bureau. Social Statistics Section 2
- United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945) 2
- United States. Works Progress Administration 2
- Watson, John 2
- AFSCME. District Council 25 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- AFSCME. District Council 77 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- AFSCME. Local 1640 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Action Coalition of Strikers 1
- Allison, Bob 1
- Alpern, Ron 1
- Alston, Chris (Christopher Columbus) 1
- Alston, Marti (Martha (nee Arnold)) 1
- American Association of University Women. Detroit Branch, Inc. 1
- American Dance Festival 1
- American Federation of Radio Artists 1
- American Red Cross 1
- Aronson, Robert 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Associated Charities of Detroit 1
- Association of Municipal Professional Women 1
- Babson, Steve 1
- Bailey, J. Edward, 1923- 1
- Baker, General Gordon, Jr. 1
- Barbour, Alex 1
- Beckham, William James, 1940- 1
- Benyo, Leslie O'Day 1
- Better Schools Association 1
- Betzold, Michael 1
- Bieber, Owen 1
- Binkowski, Don 1
- Black Panther Party 1
- Black Workers Congress 1
- Bluestone, Irving 1
- Bowers, Helen (Helen Marie Newman) 1
- Brightmoor District (Detroit, Mich.) 1
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