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American Federation of Teachers Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000348
Abstract Between 1985 and 1987, as part of an American Federation of Teachers-sponsored project, oral historian Renee Epstein interviewed leading figures in AFT on signficant aspects of their history with the union. From 2001 to 2009, AFT Archivist Dan Golodner concluded the project. Collection consists of transcripts and recordings of 29 interviews. Topics discussed in Part 1 include the rise of the militant teacher, early collective bargaining and strikes, AFT political structure, Shanker vs. Selden...
Dates: 1985-06-29 - 2009-10-26

Auto-Lite Strike Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000687
Abstract In 1973, Philip A. Korth led a project in which he and others at Michigan State University conducted interviews with individuals involved in the 1934 Auto-Lite strike in Toledo, Ohio, as part of his research on the subject. The collection consists of 30 interviews. Recordings exist for all of the interviews, and transcripts exist for 25 of them.
Dates: 1973

Briggs Strike Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002211
Abstract In 1975, James Coppess interviewed labor organizers involved in the 1933 Briggs strike in Detroit, as part of research for his master's thesis at Wayne State University. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for three interviews. Briggs workers and labor organizers John W. Anderson (Briggs metal worker and IWW organizer), William V. Banks (attorney and Detroit head of the International Labor Defense, later founder of WGPR TV and radio stations), and Fred Valle (barber and IWW...
Dates: 1975-02-19 - 1975-02-26

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 the foremen's union, Foreman's Association of America (FAA), organized in 1941 at Ford. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about founding and development of the Foreman’s Association of America.
Dates: 1974-11-13

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

Folklore Archive: Student Field Projects Oral Histories

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Identifier: WSOH002714
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,...
Dates: 1961 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971

Irene Young Marinovich Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002329
Abstract William "Bill" Bryce and Elaine Crawford interviewed labor activist Irene Young Marinovich for Bryce's documentary on Marinovich's life and work in the UAW,
Dates: circa 1991

IWW Colorado Coal Strike of 1927 Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002337
Abstract Between 1974 and 1984, while completing graduate studies in sociology, Eric Margolis and Ron McMahan undertook two research projects that formed the University of Colorado Coal Project, documenting the memories and work of coal miners through interviews and photographs. The project included oral histories with former coal miners, community members, and experts across the Western United States, with a focus on Colorado. Coverage includes documentation of IWW members, activities, and events....
Dates: 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

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

Mary McGough Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002222
Abstract In 1970, Dennis East and Donald Haynes of the Reuther Library and Jim Robinson of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers interviewed educator and labor leader Mary McGough, a founding member of the American Federation of Teachers local in St. Paul and co-organizer of the nation's first organized teachers' strike. Collection consists of an interview transcript. McGough discusses her background, career as an educator and administrator, and, especially, her labor involvement, including the St. Paul...
Dates: 1970-10-01

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

Philip Raymond Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 5
Identifier: LOH002302
Abstract In 1977, labor organizer and civil rights activist Shelton Tappes interviewed radical labor leader Philip "Phil" Raymond. Collection consists of the interview transcript on his work organizing for the United Automobile, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers of America (later renamed the Auto Workers Union or AWU) and the UAW.
Dates: 1977

Roy Reuther Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Item: 7
Identifier: LOH002303
Abstract In 1966, University of Michigan professor of history Sidney Fine interviewed union leader and political activist Roy Reuther. Collection consists of the interview transcript about the 1936-1937 Flint Sit-down Strike.
Dates: 1966-07-12

Ruth Milkman Papers

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Identifier: LP002097
Abstract Ruth Milkman (1954-) is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the academic director at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her professional focus is labor and labor movements, and she has published on a variety of topics revolving around work and organized labor in the United States. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from the University of California, Berkley. Milkman’s early research focused on women workers during...
Dates: 1975 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1978 - 1991

Sydney D. Smith Papers

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Identifier: LP001397
Abstract Sydney Smith was active in the California Migrant Ministry (later known as the National Farm Worker Ministry) and served as the founding director of Pasadena’s Community Housing Service. The papers of Mr. Smith document his research conducted for his book on the migrant ministries entitled Grapes of Conflict: The Faith Community and Farm Workers.
Dates: 1940 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1986

Ted Silvey Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 11-12
Identifier: LOH002309
Abstract In 1976, Dennis East interviewed labor organizer and educator Ted F. Silvey, who worked in the printer's trade before becoming a full-time labor organizer, educator, and speaker with the CIO. Collection consists of the interview recordings and transcript, conducted in parts over several days. Silvey talks about his career as a speaker and writer with the Ohio CIO Council and the national CIO, as well as his early life.
Dates: 1976-02-11 - 1976-02-14

UAW Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002229
Abstract In the fall of 1959, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, a joint body of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, formally began an oral history project on the "Development of Unionism in the Automobile Industry." The project's aims were to provide additional historical sources for scholars working on the history of auto unionism, to capture the recollections of those who played a key role in this story, and to discover additional archival materials on labor...
Dates: 1959 - 1963

Victor Reuther Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 8
Identifier: LOH002304
Abstract In 1980, R. T. King interviewed labor leader Victor Reuther as part of the Indiana University Oral History Project on the Indiana economy in the twentieth century. Collection consists of a transcript. Reuther discusses UAW organizing activity in Indiana in 1937, which involved a sit-down strike at the General Motors Guide Lamp Division in Anderson.
Dates: 1980-09-26

Wayne State University Oral History Course: Detroit Newspaper Strike Oral Histories

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Identifier: WSOH002403
Abstract The Detroit Newspaper Strike started July 13, 1995 by the Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions and roughly 2,500 workers against the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. The Strike ended in February of 1997 with the legal resolution of the Strike occurring in 2000. This collection consists of interview transcripts for nine interviews and audio recordings for four interviews. Each interviewee is asked to speak on their experiences in and around the time of the Detroit Newspaper Strikes....
Dates: 2013

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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