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Charles A. Hill Papers

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Identifier: UP000227
Abstract Reverend Charles A. Hill served as a Baptist minister in Detroit for many years. Interested in labor unions, he encouraged his parishioners (men employed by the Ford Motor Company) to unionize and, in 1941, to strike. He was active in the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in 1942, and was a member of the committee investigating the 1943 race riot in Detroit. These activities are covered in the papers, as is the Lantz Hill interrogation. Correspondents include Prentiss Brown, John Dingell, William...

Coleman Young Papers

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Identifier: UP000449
Abstract With a background in labor activities and civil rights, Coleman Young captured a Michigan State Senate seat in 1964, representing an east side Detroit district, and rose quickly to leadership posts in the Lansing legislature. Michigan Democrats elected him in 1968 to become the first black member ever to serve on the Democratic National Committee. In 1973, pledging to restore peace between the people and police of Detroit, Coleman Young announced as a candidate for Mayor of Detroit. He defeated...

Dan Georgakas Papers

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Identifier: UP001041
Abstract An author of poetry and non-fiction, Dan Georgakas’ publications include the book: Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution. Mr. Georgakas’ papers represent research collected for Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, documenting the activities of Detroit African American radical groups in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Detroit Industrial Mission Records

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Identifier: LR000131
Abstract The Detroit Industrial Mission (DIM) was an ecumenical organization that was founded on the premise of a need for a better understanding between the worker, management and religion. It aimed to serve all churches and types of industry. The industrial mission, organized by the Rev. Hugh C. White in October 1956, sought to organize independently of the formal structures of any denomination. The mission engaged directly with varying types of industry to explore with managers and their workers the...

Ernest C. and Jessie M. Dillard Papers

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Identifier: LP000500
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...

Focus: HOPE Oral Histories

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Identifier: UOH001737
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...

Focus: HOPE Records

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Identifier: UR001737
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,...

George C. Edwards, Jr. Papers

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Identifier: UP000010
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...

Grand Rapids Education Association Records

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Identifier: LR000314
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...

Grosse Pointe Civil Rights Organizations Records

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Identifier: UR001456
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.

Horace W. Gilmore Papers

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Identifier: UP000549
Abstract Correspondence, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, clippings, reports, and notes collected by Mr. Gilmore, who has been active politically in Detroit and Michigan. In 1952 he was special assistant U.S. attorney for the Office of Price Stabilization under Philip A. Hart; from 1955-56 he served as deputy attorney general of Michigan; from 1956 to the present he has been a Wayne County Circuit Court judge; from 1965-68 he helped to organize the Detroit Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity and...

James J. McClendon Papers

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Identifier: UP000157
Abstract An active member of the Detroit Branch, NAACP, Dr. McClendon was president of that group from 1938 to 1945. These papers include material on the fight against racial discrimination in Detroit and the armed services, and on fund-raising problems. The collection also has papers relating to Dr. and Mrs. William A. Thompson of Detroit, who were active supporters of the NAACP. Correspondents include Edward J. Jeffries, Jr., Henry L. Stimson, and Arthur H. Vandenberg.

Jerome P. Cavanagh Papers

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Identifier: UP000379
Abstract The papers of Mr. Cavanagh, mayor of Detroit from 1962 to 1970. They include correspondence, reports, studies, speeches, minutes, and other materials of the mayor's office and commissions and departments of the city. Efforts, both local and national, in improving economic and racial conditions in Detroit are recorded in the collection. Subjects of interest include 1967 Detroit riot; Detroit Police Dept.; urban redevelopment programs; Detroit and Michigan politics; New Detroit, Inc.; poverty...

Jerome P. Cavanagh Photographs and Other Material

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Identifier: UAV000379
Abstract The Jerome P. Cavanagh Photographs and Other Material consists of numerous photographs, the majority of which were taken during his time in office. These photographs cover events such as the 1968 Olympic Bid, visits from Lyndon B. Johnson, aftermath of the 1967 unrest, and Mayor Cavanagh with various prominent Detroit business people, union members, and politicians. Also included in the collection is memorabilia from his 1966 Senate campaign, 1968 Olympic information, and other various...

Lily Lampinen Papers

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Identifier: UP000836
Abstract The papers of Lily Lampinen reflect her personal interest in a variety of important social and political issues, particularly civil rights for minorities.

Maurice Kelman Papers

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Identifier: UP001282
Abstract Attorney Maurice Kelman taught at Wayne State University Law School and served as Special Counsel to Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Mr. Kelman’s papers, which reflect his career as an attorney and arbitrator, primarily relate his work as Special Counsel to Mayor Cavanagh.Collection includes a 1971 interview recording and transcript with Ray Girardin who served as Detroit police commissioner for five years under Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Prior to his police career he was a crime reporter....

Mel Ravitz Papers

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Identifier: UP001720
Abstract Professor and Detroit community advocate Mel Ravitz held various posts in Detroit politics, including positions such as the Detroit City Plan Commission Director of Community Organization, on the Detroit City Council and as staff director of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Services Board. As a professor at Wayne State University, Mr. Ravitz assisted in the formation of the University’s Department of Urban Planning.Mr. Ravitz’s papers reflect his interests in...

Metropolitan Detroit Building Fund Records

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Identifier: UR001289_MDBF
Abstract Detroit hospital construction; United Foundation Capital Fund Division; racial discrimination in hospital services and medical training in Detroit

Morris Gleicher Papers

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Identifier: UP001536
Abstract Morris Gleicher served as president of United Public Workers Local 209 and of the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and founded the public relations firm, MG Advertising, later known as MG and Casey, and MG Associates.

Mr. Gleicher’s papers reflect his work as in public relations and his involvement in issues of civil liberties, racial equality and the peace movement.

NAACP Detroit Branch Records

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Identifier: UR000244
Abstract The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established in 1910 to help African-American citizens secure their rights, obtain legal justice and gain equal political, economic and social opportunity. The Detroit Branch was established in 1912 and has worked to improve conditions in housing, employment, education, and police-community relations and in doing so has received community-wide and national recognition. Their records reflect these accomplishments, including...

New Detroit, Inc. Records

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Identifier: UR000660
Abstract On August 1, 1967, immediately following the Detroit riot, Michigan Governor George Romney, Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh and J. L. Hudson department store chain president Joseph L. Hudson, Jr. announced the formation of the New Detroit Committee (as it was originally called), a citizens' coalition comprised of a cross-section of community leaders committed to finding solutions to the problems that had spawned that summer's violence and destruction. New Detroit not only serves as a forum for...

Roman Gribbs Oral History

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Identifier: UOH002286
Abstract In August-September 2004, labor historian Mike Smith conducted a series of three interviews with former Detroit mayor Roman Gribbs. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for a series of three interviews. Gribbs discusses his background, education, and early career in law and law enforcement, including his time as sheriff of Wayne County following the 1967 civil unrest, and his time as mayor, from 1970 to 1974.

Samuel Kellman Papers

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Identifier: UP000890
Abstract Samuel Kellman collaborated with Thomas Harris and Gartha Williams in articles published in The World concerning Father Charles E. Coughlin, and assisted in the Detroit Free Press’ defense against Father Coughlin’s libel suit. Mr. Kellman’s papers reflect his interest in the nature of fascism, racism, and the affairs of the Catholic Church; and relate to Father Coughlin and the activities of fascist and anti-Semitic groups in Europe and the United States.

Stanley J. Winkelman Papers

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Identifier: UP001500
Abstract Stanley Winkelman served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the historic Detroit retailer, Winkelman Stores, Inc. An active leader in the Detroit community, Mr. Winkelman served in a multitude of Detroit political and civic organizations, holding posts such as president of the Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Detroit, on the Detroit Commission on Community Relations, and as chairman of New Detroit, Inc.Mr. Winkelman’s papers document his professional life and his...

UAW Fair Practices and Anti-Discrimination Department Records

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Identifier: LR000637
Abstract Subjects include: African-American workers; anti-Semitism; civil rights; community action programs; CIO state councils; race relations; Democratic Party; Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements; employment discrimination; Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative; Ku Klux Klan; Mexican Americans; gender discrimination; women's rights; United Steelworkers of America; sharecroppers; skilled trades; school desegregation

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