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AFSCME Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH002240
Abstract Between 1975 and 1985, the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University and AFSCME undertook a cooperative oral history project to gather and preserve the memories of key persons who witnessed or played a major role in the development of AFSCME. Professor of History Philip Mason headed the project and interviewed several leading AFSCME members. Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with seven of AFSCME's important early figures: Gordon Chapman,...
Dates: 1976-06-13 - 1985-09-30

AFSCME Power to the Public Worker Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002243
Abstract In 1973, Richard N. Billings and John Greenya contracted with AFSCME to write a history of the union, resulting in the 1974 book
Dates: 1973-03-26 - 1973-07-26

Alan Reuther Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 6
Identifier: LOH002257
Abstract In 2010, Mike Smith interviewed Alan Reuther, nephew of Walter Reuther and former Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers, who served in the UAW's Washington Office from 1982 to 2010. Collection consists of a recording and transcript. Reuther discusses his personal history; the Reuther family, in particular his uncles, Walter and Victor, and his father, Roy; details of his long career with the UAW; general impressions of the labor movement; reminiscences on past UAW presidents,...
Dates: 2010-05-07 - 2010-06-04

American Auto Worker Project Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002363
Abstract While a graduate history student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Edward Savela conducted oral history interviews with retired Detroit-area auto workers on changes in the automobile industry as part of research for his master’s thesis. Collection consists of five interviews with retired UAW members chronicling their lengthy careers in the automobile industry in the Detroit metropolitan area. Transcripts and audio recordings available for each. Interviewees discuss apprenticeship...
Dates: 2012-05 - 2012-06

Black Workers in the Labor Movement Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002210
Abstract In late 1967, Herbert Hill, labor director for the NAACP, visited Wayne State University in Detroit to conduct oral histories with African American men and women on their experiences in the labor movement. Between 1967 and 1970, Hill, with local interviewers Roberta McBride, Jim Keeney, and Norman McRae, completed numerous interviews in Detroit. Hill also visited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Berkeley for several additional interviews to round out what would become known as the Blacks in...
Dates: 1967-1970

Candice Owley Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 2
Identifier: LOH002232
Abstract In 1993, health care labor leader and nurse activist Candice Owley was among 27 women interviewed as part of the Women of Wisconsin Labor Oral History Project and the resulting book, "Like Our Sisters Before Us." The project was directed by Joanne Ricca and most of the interviews, including Owley's, were conducted by Jamakaya. The collection consists of a printed transcript. Owley talks about her background, training and education, entry into nursing, changes over time in hospital practices and...
Dates: 1993-05-12

Carl Brown Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 8
Identifier: LOH002269
Abstract In 1974, Harris Howell, along with Dennis East, interviewed Carl Brown, a foreman at Ford Motor Company and a president of the foremen's union, Foreman's Association of America (FAA), organized in 1941 at Ford. The collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about the founding and development of the Foreman’s Association of America.
Dates: 1974-11-13

Charles Gentile Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 1
Identifier: LOH002284
Abstract Labor historian Mike Smith interviewed Society of Designing Engineers member and UAW Local 212 official Charles Gentile in 1971. Collection consists of recording and transcript of the interiview. Gentile covers his involvement with the Society of Designing Engineers and UAW Local 212, for the S.D.E. at the Briggs Manufacturing Company.
Dates: 1986-05-29

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002212
Abstract Carrolyn Davis, a past Reuther archivist, served as the library's liaison to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), an organization founded in 1972 committed to using political action and union organizing campaigns to increase black participation and influence in the labor movement and insure social and economic progress for working people and the poor. In Davis' role as CBTU liaison, she conducted a series of oral histories for the organization, an ongoing project that ran from 2001...
Dates: 2001 - 2010

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

Detroit Labor History Tours Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001612
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

End of the Line Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001711
Abstract Plant worker and graduate history student Richard Feldman interviewed UAW Local 900 members at Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant (many of whom had also worked at Wayne Assembly Plant) for his book, written with journalist Michael Betzold, End of the Line: Autoworkers and the American Dream, on the changing nature of the automobile industry, plant management and working conditions, union activities and status, and worker perspectives in the 1980s. Collection consists of 29...
Dates: 1986

Eugene Barnett Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 3
Identifier: LOH002265
Abstract Eugene Barnett was one of eight IWW members convicted of murder following a raid by American Legionnaires on the Centralia, Washington, IWW hall on Armistice Day 1919. He was jailed from 1920 to 1931. Around 1940, folklorist and IWW activist Ben Legere interviewed Eugene Barnett about his involvement in the 1919 Centralia events. Professor of folklore Archie Green conducted a follow-up interview on the subject with Barnett in 1961. Professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz,...
Dates: 1940 - 1961-06-05

Francis Dillon Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 11
Identifier: LOH002277
Abstract In 1971, Reuther archivist Dennis East interviewed Francis J. Dillon, AFL organizer and first president of the UAW. Collection consists of interview transcript. Dillon talks about AFL president William Green, AFL organizing in the auto industry, and the UAW presidency.
Dates: 1971-01-04

Fred Thompson Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 7
Identifier: LOH002314
Abstract In 1984, Dennis East interviewed Fred Thompson, IWW labor organizer and an instructor and director, 1927-1941, at the Work People's College (Työväen Opisto), a radical labor college near Duluth, Minnesota. Collection consists of the interview transcript and recording. Thompson recounts his activities with the Work People's College.
Dates: 1984-10-20

Harley Kraehnke Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 5
Identifier: LOH002291
Abstract In 2005, Ronee L. Francis interviewed Harley Kraehnke, president of Local 1006, United Paperworkers of America, CIO. Collection consists of an interview recording and transcript. Kraehnke dicusses the union activities of himself and his father, Herman Kraehnke, who organized Monroe's first United Paperworkers Local 1600 under the CIO. He talks about his background; involvement in labor union activities, his own presidency of Local 1006; the wildcat strike of 1945; and his charitable activities.
Dates: 2005-06-07

Hilda Smith and Frank Fernbach Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 1
Identifier: LOH002283
Abstract In 1971, Alice Hoffman interviewed labor educator, social worker, and poet Hilda Smith and labor activist Frank Fernbach, chair and co-chair of the National Committee for the Extension of Labor Education, respectively. Collection consists of the interview transcript. Smith and Fernbach touch primarily on the Committee’s efforts in the late 1940s to get federal legislation passed to establish a labor education service.
Dates: 1971-04-30

Industrial Workers of the World Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000130
Abstract In 1972 Tracy Dalton interviewed Industrial Workers of the World organizer Herb Edwards. For his book on the IWW, The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies, Tom Copeland drew on this interview; in addition, he also interviewed Edwards, as well as other IWW organizers including Lucy Annne Cloud and Julia Ruuttila. Collection consists of four interview transcripts. Herb Edwards (interviewed twice), Lucy Anne Cloud, and Julia Ruuttila share...
Dates: 1972-02-12 - 1972-09-07

Irene Young Marinovich Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 8
Identifier: LOH002328
Abstract In 1974, Susan Hartmann and Lucy Haessler interviewed Irene Young Marinovich, a veteran GM worker and local UAW leader at Detroit auto plants, including the General Motors Ternstedt Plant. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about the UAW and conditions for women workers in Detroit-area auto plants during the 1930s and 1940s.
Dates: 1974-03-09

Irving Bluestone Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 5
Identifier: LOH002267
Abstract Sidney Kelman interviewed labor lawyer Irving Bluestone in 1975. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript covering his association with Walter Reuther, the Reuther Caucus, and issues confronting the UAW from the late 1930s through the 1940s.
Dates: 1975-05-01

Jerry Tucker Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 8-9
Identifier: LOH002259
Abstract Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International Union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues. Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses topics such as his...
Dates: 2005-03-23 - 2005-03-24; 2005-06-17

Jerry Wurf: Labor's Last Angry Man Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001093
Abstract Between November 1981 and January 1982, Joseph C. Goulden interviewed 10 individuals associated with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and influential, longtime leader Jerry Wurf, for Goulden's biography of Wurf,
Dates: 1981-11-03 - 1982-01-19

Joan Goddard Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 2
Identifier: LOH002238
Abstract San Jose librarian Joan Goddard served as president of AFSCME Local 101 following the union’s 1981 contract fight centered on narrowing the gap between male and female municipal workers’ pay in San Jose, California. AFSCME Archivist Johanna Russ interviewed her in 2009. Collection consists of an audio recording and transcript of the interview. Goddard discusses her role in the negotiations and eventual strike during the AFSCME Local 101 (California) 1981 contract struggle.
Dates: 2009-07-07

John Herling Papers

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Identifier: LP001259
Abstract John Herling was a prolific journalist, working for several publications and serving as White House correspondent and syndicated columnist specializing in labor affairs throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He owned "John Herling's Labor Letter," which he edited and published from 1947 to 1990, as well as authoring several books, including Strikes Under the New Deal, The Great Price Conspiracy, and ...
Dates: 1911 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1979

Joseph Jablonower Papers

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Identifier: LP000403
Abstract Mr. Jablonower began teaching in the New York Public School System in 1910. The trial of three New York teachers (1917-18) led Mr. Jablonower to join other teachers founding the New York City Teachers Union, associated with the New York Teachers Guild and the American Federation of Teachers. His papers include correspondence, speeches, clippings, and other materials on his appointment to the Board of Examiners (1938); the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture; his aid to European refugees, and...
Dates: 1936 - 1968

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Ames, Joseph Lynn, 1925- 2
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Ellickson, Katherine Pollak 2
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 900 (Wayne, Mich.) 2
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Ford Local 600 2
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 22 (Detroit, Mich.) 2
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American Newspaper Guild 1
Anderson, W. M. Jack 1
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training 1
Babson, Steve 1
Barnett, Eugene 1
Betzold, Michael 1
Bilik, Al 1
Billings, Richard N. 1
Briggs Manufacturing Company 1
Brooks, Dan 1
Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) 1
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Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- 1
California Migrant Ministry 1
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Children's Crusade for Children 1
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Cline, Alan D. 1
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
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Francis, Ann 1
Francis, Ronee L. 1
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Froines, Ann 1
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Greenya, John 1
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Haynes, Donald 1
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Hill, Herbert 1
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Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union 1
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