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AFSCME Oral Histories

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Silver Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 10
Identifier: LOH002308
Abstract Around or before 1977, Sidney Kelman interviewed labor organizer Paul Silver. Silver was active in the UAW, including serving as president of UAW Local 351 from 1946 to 1964 and an assignment to the International UAW staff. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Silver talks about his family background including his socialist upbringing and its importance to his later beliefs and actions, his organizing at Detroit Steel Products and elsewhere, founding and leadership of UAW...
Dates: circa 1977

SEIU District 925 Legacy Project Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002073
Abstract The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project, conducted 2005-2007, aimed through a series of oral history interviews to chronicle the organization’s 20-year history (1981-2001) and provide insight into the relationship between the women’s movement and organized labor, during a time of great social and technological change. The project gathered interviews from women, and some men, involved in the founding and growth of District 925 and its efforts, with the association 9to5, National Association of...
Dates: 2005-01-25 - 2007-03-09

Stoyan Menton Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 10
Identifier: LOH002294
Abstract In 1976 and again in 1981, Warner Pflug interviewed labor activist and educator Stoyan Menton, who had been a pioneer in the UAW organizing drives of the 1930s. Consists of audio recordings and a transcript of two combined interviews with Mention about his association with the Socialist Party, his experiences as a radical student activist at Wayne State University in the 1930s, and his work as education director of UAW Local 400 at Ford’s Highland Park Plant in the 1940s. Both interviews span...
Dates: 1976-11-08; 1981-11-11

Thomas Starling Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 3
Identifier: LOH002311
Abstract Thomas Starling was a United Auto Workers member and president of Local 34 in Atlanta, Georgia, who served on the UAW Board of Directors for twelve years. He was interviewed by labor archivist and historian George Tselos in 1980. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about the organization of UAW Local 34 at the GM Fisher Body plant in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1930s.
Dates: 1980-04-22

William Taylor Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001677
Abstract In 1976, William "Bill" Taylor, who had worked as an assistant to Cesar Chavez, interviewed labor activists affiliated with the United Farm Workers (UFW). Collection consists of audio recordings of 18 interviews, plus transcripts for 5 of the interviews (Marc Grossman, Nick Jones, Virginia Jones, Mack Lyons, and Mary Lou Watson). Interviewees affiliated with the UFW and its predecessor organizations AWOC and NFWA from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s discuss how they got involved with the UFW; their...
Dates: 1976-05-11 - 1977-08-23

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Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
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9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) 1
AFL-CIO 1
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AFSCME 1
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American Federation of Radio Artists 1
Baker, Bob 1
Barnett, Eugene 1
Brown, Carl 1
Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1
Cedervall, Frank 1
Chapman, Gordon Warner, 1907- 1
Church, Al 1
Collins, Joe 1
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). United Optical Workers. Local 1123 (Detroit, Mich.) 1
Dailey, Ed 1
East, Dennis 1
Ford Motor Company 1
Ford Motor Company. Highland Park Plant 1
Foreman’s Association of America 1
Friedland, William H. 1
Froines, Ann 1
General Motors Corporation. Fisher Body Division 1
Golodner, Jack 1
Green, Archie 1
Harris, Howell John 1
Heath, Stacey 1
Higgins, George 1
International Jewelry Workers Union 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. Ford Department 1
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 34 (Doraville, Ga.) 1
Kelman, Sidney 1
Kubista, Roy 1
Legere, Ben 1
Lucy, William, 1933- 1
McEntee, William J. (William Joseph), 1903- 1
Meany, George, 1894-1980 1
Menton, Stoyan M. 1
Metal and Machinery Workers Industrial Union. No. 440 (Cleveland, Ohio) 1
Mire, Joseph 1
National Farm Workers Association 1
Pflug, Warner W. 1
Reagan, Patrick D. 1
Service Employees International Union 1
Service Employees International Union. District 925 1
Service Employees International Union. Office Worker Division 1
Shanker, Albert 1
Siegel, Boaz 1
Silver, Paul 1
Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 1
Starling, Thomas J. 1
Stielow, Frederick 1
Taylor, William W. 1
Thuener, Annie 1
Thuener, John 1
Tselos, George D. 1
United Mine Workers of America 1
Wayne State University 1
Wayne State University. Law School 1
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