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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...
Abstract Emma Lazaroff Schaver (March 15, 1905 - February 4, 2003) was best known as a Jewish opera and folk singer and Labor Zionist. She was a member of the first Jewish delegation to the Displaced Persons camps after World War II where she sang to survivors of the Holocaust. She toured the United States, Canada, Europe and South and Central America as a soprano with various opera companies and as a soloist. Along with her husband, Morris Schaver, Emma was respected for promoting Jewish culture in the...
Abstract An active member of United Auto Workers Local 15, Ernest Dillard was the first African American elected to a succession of UAW leadership posts. Jessie Dillard was one of Detroit’s leading block club organizers and civil rights activists. Both Mr. and Ms. Dillard played prominent roles in the Detroit NAACP and held leadership positions in the Michigan Democratic Party.Part I of the papers of Ernest and Jessie Dillard reflect the broad range of their professional and political...
Abstract Ernest L. Horne, a retired General Motors Research Laboratory Librarian and Archivist, has been a known activist in the Detroit gay civil rights movement since 1979, holding membership and leadership positions in several area GBLT organizations. His papers document the activities of the gay and lesbian liberation movement in Detroit, primarily through the records of three organizations: The Association of Suburban People (ASP), South East Gay and Lesbian Council (SEMGLA), and Detroit Area Gay...
Abstract The Estelle Wolf collection consists of 280 photographs Ms. Wolf took during her tenure as a WPA photographer in Detroit. Under the WPA, her assignments involved taking photos of workers on federally funded projects or of the people who benefited from these projects. The collection was originally housed in three scrapbooks. The photographs have been removed from the books, placed on archival backings, and are numbered by the original order. Some of the photographs in this collection were...
Abstract Dr. Eugene Shafarman was a Detroit physician and organized labor supporter who was repeatedly accused of un-American activities. His papers reflect his work with the Anti-TB Program, his disputes with the Detroit Department of Health and the U.S. House of Representatives Dies Committee, and to a lesser extent his involvement with the Medical Research Institute of the United Auto Workers.
Abstract Fay O'Hare was a Detroit attorney who was heavily involved in Detroit education from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Her involvement included work with the High School Study Commission, Coalition for Peaceful Integration, Detroit Education Task Force, and Coleman Young's Mayor-elect Task Force. In addition to this, she worked on the Monitoring Commission, established to audit the court ordered changes and improvements to Detroit Public Schools as a result of the Bradley v Milliken case. ...
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...
Abstract Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 from the ashes of the 1967 Detroit riot. The largely volunteer civil and human rights organization has created an astonishing variety of innovative programs aimed at overcoming racism, poverty and injustice by fostering integration and bringing the urban unemployed into the economic mainstream, programs which have become a model for urban revitalization worldwide. The Focus: HOPE Collection contains a wide variety of sources, including correspondence,...
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...
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...
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,...
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, some of which included photographic records. Collection consists of 71 projects (or aggregations of multiple projects on a single topic) conducted by student interviewer-collectors. Student field research projects...
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...
Abstract Fred Hansen (1914-1964) was a construction superintendent for Darin & Armstrong, Inc., a construction firm that worked with famed architect Minoru Yamasaki. Hansen served as the superintendent on three of Yamasaki’s Detroit projects: the Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Headquarters for Southeastern Michigan, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, and the Helen DeRoy Auditorium at Wayne State University. This collection consists of photographs, press releases and news clippings on...
Abstract George Edwards, Jr., son of George Clifton Edwards, attended Harvard University where he became involved with the Student League for Industrial Democracy. After coming to Detroit in 1936, he became a UAW organizer with Walter Reuther, was appointed director of the Detroit Housing Commission, and served on the Detroit Common Council. After serving in WWII, he went into private practice, followed by judgeships in the Wayne County court system. In 1956, Edwards was appointed to the Michigan State...
Abstract George O'Kon was an employee of the Detroit Department of Street Railways. His scrapbook reflects his interest in the history of public transportation, particularly in regards to his employer.
Abstract George Schermer worked to improve housing, human relations, and urban social problems throughout his career. First with the Chicago Housing Authority as a Supervisor of Tenant Selection and Tenanent Services, before moving to Detroit where he worked with the Detroit Housing Commission as Assistant Director for Management. In 1945, Mayor Jeffries appointed Schermer as Director of the Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee, which he created to help ease tension within the city, especially in the...
Abstract George Shenkar was an engineer with the Detroit Water Board from 1947-1950, whose controversial dismissal led to a city charter amendment requiring all city employees to take a loyalty oath to the U.S. His papers reflect his interest in socialism and document the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the Board.
Abstract Glen Calvin Moon is a nationally recognized architectural and environmental photographer whose images have been published in a variety of American architectural and design magazines and journals. As a Detroit-based photographer, Mr. Moon is particularly known for his documentation of the Detroit metropolitan area - its buildings, landscape, and urban design.The Glen Moon Photographs primarily document the architecture of many public and private structures and spaces in and around SE...
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.
Abstract Correspondence, clippings, financial papers, reports, and agreements of the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Education Association (1964-66); reports from the Michigan Education Association (1965-66); proceedings, correspondence, reports, handbooks, and surveys of the Grand Rapids Board of Education (1955-66); reports, budgets, resolutions, and surveys of the National Education Association (1965-67); and minutes (1907-34) and newsletters (1933-63) of the Grand Rapids Teachers Club. The materials were...
Overview The Grosse Pointe Civil Rights Organizations collection is made up primarily of the papers of two organizations: The Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council, and the Grosse Pointe Committee For Open Housing. The papers of the Grosse Pointe Civil Rights Organizations reflect the work of a number of civil rights organizations in the Detroit area in the 1960's and 1970's.
Abstract Lawyer Harold Norris served as chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Detroit Branch and was a member of the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Norris’ papers reflect his interest in issues of civil rights and civil liberties and document his career as a lawyer and advocate for the ACLU.
Abstract Harper Hospital was founded in May 1863 on land donated by Walter Harper. The hospitals first patients were Civil War soldiers, and it continued its designation as a military hospital during both World Wars. In 1866 Harper Hospital opened as a general hospital and would add a nursing school in 1883. The hospital's records relate to the history of both the hospital and its School of Nursing.
- Subject: Detroit (Mich.) X
- Walter P. Reuther Library 195
- Wayne State University Library System Special Collections 1
- Wayne State University 26
- 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
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 4
- Detroit. Commission on Community Relations 4
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 4
- AFSCME 3
- American Civil Liberties Union 3
- American Federation of Teachers 3
- Berg, Harriet (Harriet Jean) 3
- Carter, Jimmy, 1924- 3
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 3
- Detroit (Mich.). Police Department 3
- Detroit Housing Commission 3
- Detroit News (Firm) 3
- Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit 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
- Cecchetti Council of America 2
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 2
- Croxford, Beulah Groehn 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
- Humphrey, Hubert H., 1911-1978 2
- Hutzel Hospital 2
- Langlois, Janet L. 2
- Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives 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
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