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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

American Auto Worker Project Oral Histories

 Collection
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

Blaine Marrin Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002330
Abstract In 1985, an oral history was conducted with Blaine Marrin by an unidentified interviewer. Blaine Marrin was a former president of UAW Local 157 and an active UAW member since 1937. Collection consists of an audio recording of reminiscences by Marrin about his time with the UAW, as well as his prior experiences with the Mechanics Educational Society of America (MESA).
Dates: 1985-04-26

Boaz Siegel Oral History

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Identifier: LOH000994
Abstract In May 1985, Philip Mason interviewed labor lawyer and Wayne State University law faculty member Boaz Siegel. This collection consists of the interview recording. Siegel talks about his background, including his socialist upbringing, experiences as a labor educator and school teacher, his long career as a labor lawyer including his contributions to the UAW, especially the development of its benefits program, and his time in private practice and on the faculty of the Wayne State University Law...
Dates: 1985-05-01

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

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

Frank Cedervall Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002321
Abstract Labor historian Patrick Reagan interviewed IWW organizer and orator Frank Cedervall, who was the chief organizer for the Metal and Machinery Workers Industrial Union (MMWIU) and leader of its Cleveland Local 440, from the 1930s through the 1950s, with his brother, Tor. Collection consists of an interview recording. Cedervall discusses the idea, formation, and aims of the IWW, his hopes for the future of the radical labor movement, and to a lesser degree, his experiences with the IWW and MMWIU.
Dates: 1970 - 1979

Gloria Johnson Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002326
Abstract In 1993, Dennis Deslippe interviewed International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE) staffer and Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) president and co-founder Gloria Johnson for his book,
Dates: 1993-06-08

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

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

Jack Golodner Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 4
Identifier: LOH002216
Abstract In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers. Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of...
Dates: 2004-03-25 - 2004-03-26

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

John and Annie Thuener Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 6
Identifier: LOH002198
Abstract In the summer of 1978, as part of a personal project to document his family’s history, Bob Baker interviewed his grandparents, John and Annie Thuener, about their lives, family, and John’s work and his foundational union organizing efforts and union leadership in the optical industry. Collection consists of audio recordings and a printed document providing background for and summary of the interview.
Dates: 1978

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

Marc Grossman Papers

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Identifier: LP001045
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24...
Dates: 1969 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1993

Marc Stepp Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002336
Abstract In 2003, labor historian Mike Smith conducted an oral history interview with labor, civil rights, and community leader Marc Stepp. Stepp worked at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of leadership in the UAW local. He then rose to regional and international levels, culminating in his election in 1974 as UAW International Vice President, a position he filled until his retirement in 1988. Collection consists of video and audio recordings. Stepp talks about his family...
Dates: 2003-06-11 - 2003-06-13

Michigan Politics and Labor Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000780
Abstract Between 1984 and 1995, labor attorney Tom Downs conducted oral history interviews with figures important to Michigan's political and labor history. Support for Downs' ongoing project was provided by the Reuther Library, the Michigan Political History Society, and others. Downs was also interviewed. Collection consists of either recordings and/or transcripts of 14 interviews. Participants discuss their backgrounds, entry into politics or the labor movement (or both), significant accomplishments...
Dates: 1984-04-13 - 1996-07-25

Monsignor George Higgins Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002289
Abstract In 2000, Fred Stielow interviewed "labor priest" Monsignor George Higgins. Collection consists of an audio recording. Higgins talks about his long involvement, through his leadership in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the United Farm Workers and association with Cesar Chavez. He offers his perspectives on Chavez's legacy, the need for a thorough history of the man and the movement, and the importance of open access to relevant archival material.
Dates: 2000-10-27

Newspaper Guild Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000401
Abstract Between 1970 and 1987, Walter P. Reuther Library staff undertook a project to document the early history of the American Newspaper Guild by interviewing Guild pioneers. Alan D. Cline, a retired San Franscisco reporter and past San Francisco Oakland Newspaper Guild President, contributed to the project as well. Collection consists of recordings and/or transcripts of 7 interviews. Pioneers of the American Newspaper Guild and Newspaper Guild locals discuss their backgrounds and early lives, entry...
Dates: 1971-10-16 - 1987-12-15

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International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 900 (Wayne, Mich.) 2
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AFL-CIO. Department for Professional Employees 1
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American Federation of Radio Artists 1
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Ames, Joseph Lynn, 1925- 1
Babson, Steve 1
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Betzold, Michael 1
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Brown, Carl 1
Burati, Ida 1
California Migrant Ministry 1
Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1
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Chapman, Gordon Warner, 1907- 1
Children's Crusade for Children 1
Chrysler Corporation 1
Church, Al 1
Cline, Alan D. 1
Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 1
Collins, Joe 1
Communist Party of America 1
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Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). United Optical Workers. Local 1123 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
Dailey, Ed 1
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Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
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Dobija, Jane 1
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Golodner, Jack 1
Green, Archie 1
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Haessler, Lucy Whitaker 1
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Hartmann, Susan M. 1
Heath, Stacey 1
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International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
International Jewelry Workers Union 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers 1
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO). Local 400 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Chrysler Department 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Ford Department 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 212 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 22 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 34 (Doraville, Ga.) 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 7 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 595 (Linden, N.J.) 1
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Kraehnke, Harley 1
Kramer, Leo 1
Kubista, Roy 1
League for Industrial Democracy 1
Legere, Ben 1
Lucy, William, 1933- 1
Marinovich, Irene Young 1
McEntee, William J. (William Joseph), 1903- 1
Meany, George, 1894-1980 1
Mechanics Educational Society of America 1
Menton, Stoyan M. 1
Metal and Machinery Workers Industrial Union. No. 440 (Cleveland, Ohio) 1
Milkman, Ruth 1
Mire, Joseph 1
National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 1
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