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Abstract The Oakland County Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union was formed in 1979, with James Lafferty serving as the first elected president. Petitioned by the Metropolitan Detroit Branch of the ACLU, the branch was formed to address issues such as Oakland County jail conditions, lie detector use, senior housing rights, and attempts to reinstate the death penalty.Contents of the collection include materials relating to the Baldwin Site Proposal for Senior Housing in the City of...
Abstract The Action Coalition of Strikers (ACOS) was a rank-and-file group of strikers and their families who were active during the Detroit Newspaper Strike. Representing reporters, editors, pressmen, and truck drivers, the coalition opposed the newspaper union leadership and their proposed back-to-work offer and instead pressed forward with a campaign to fight to restore all lost jobs. They sponsored peaceful and disciplined mass demonstrations in support of the strikers, and published the weekly...
Abstract Alvin Fishman was born in Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 1927, but he was raised in New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He was drafted and served in Italy during World War II. After the war, he moved to Ann Arbor, MI to attend the University of Michigan and study architecture. During this time he became involved in politics. Fishman left the university prior to graduation to move to Detroit and work as a tool and die machinist in an auto plant for the next thirteen years. He married...
Abstract Legislator Alex Pilch served in the Michigan House of Representatives. During his term in office, Representative Pilch worked as an advocate of Parochiaid and campaigned against cross-district busing and the liberalization of abortion laws. Representative Pilch’s papers relate to his legislative work, particularly concerning Parochiaid, open housing, busing and abortion.
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...
Abstract Ann Shafer has lobbied in support of women's issues, including equal pay, sex and employment discrimination, reproductive freedom, and pregnancy disability benefits throughout her career. She began working in 1946 for W.K. Kellogg Company and was active in the American Federation of Grainmillers, retiring in 1983. She has been involved with the Michigan Democratic Party politics, co-founded a chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and was one of the founding members of the...
Abstract Armand Nevers was a printer for the Detroit News for over 35 years and a member of the Detroit International Typographical Union Local 18. He participated in strikes against the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in the 1990s and became an outspoken proponent for union rights nationally. The Armand Nevers' papers contain Detroit News strike videos, "No Scab Papers" lawn sign, two large banners, photos, labor calendars, framed Detroit News Strike graphic, clippings, pamphlets,...
Abstract Arthur Lederle taught in Detroit Public Schools before entering a legal career, culminating in his tenure as Judge of the Federal District Court for Eastern Michigan. He continued to be involved with education throughout his career. His papers reflect his position in Democratic Party affairs, his interest in court administration and civil procedure, the major case over which he presided and his educational activities.
Abstract Chris Alston worked as an organizer for the the CIO during the 1930's, founding what became the Tobacco Stemmers' and Laborers' Industrial Union (CIO) in Richmond, Virginia. He served as president of United Auto Workers Local 429 from 1958 to 1962. Mr. Alston worked as a community organizer in Detroit, founding what became the Forest Park Citizens' District Council. Marti Alston served as an officer of the Forest Park Citizens' District Council and founded with her husband Chris the Michigan...
Abstract A member of United Auto Workers Local 155, Clemens Forsen served on Local 155’s Executive Board and helped charter the Local 155 Credit Union, serving as Vice-President of the Local 155 Credit Union Board of Directors. Mr. Forsen’s papers reflect his work as a labor activist and in various Michigan Democratic Party organizations.
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...
Abstract Upon graduating from the Detroit College of Law, Roberson went into private practice, and later worked as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. attorney. He also served as a member and then chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Roberson was elected to the Detroit Recorders Court in 1974 and eventually became its chief judge in 1987. The Roberson Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, his retirement speech and photos, amongst other material,...
Abstract David Bonior (June 6, 1945 -) was a Michigan State Representative from 1973-76, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976-2002, serving as Democratic Whip from 1991-2002. Bonior was born in Detroit and raised in Hamtramck. He received his BA at University of Iowa and his MA at Chapman University. After college he worked as a probation officer in Detroit before volunteering four years in the Air Force from 1968-72. Upon returning he was elected to the Michigan legislature, and...
Abstract Part of the national American Federation of Teachers and statewide Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, was chartered on February 28, 1945. Twenty years later, in1965, Michigan passed the Public Employee Relations Act; a law making organization and collective bargaining legal for public employees. Members of the union serve at four high schools, seven middle schools, 21 elementary schools, a community college and one early learning center within the city of...
Abstract In 2003 Sarah Arvey interviewed 17 Detroit-area second-wave feminists, under the auspices of the Michigan arm of the Veteran Feminists of America, a nonprofit organization chronicling the modern women's movement. Collection consists of transcripts of these 17 interviews. The women interviewed talk about their lives, careers, families, what influenced them to become feminists, and their feminist activism. Included are observations on their solidarity with and intersections of their work with the...
Scope and Content Series 1: Kate DeSmet Records, 1995-1999 Series 2: Esther Ingber Records, 1995-1996 Series 3: Randy Karpinen Records, 1997-1998 Series 4: Ephemera/AV, 1995-1999
Abstract Subjects include: Women's Liberation Coalition of Michigan; feminism
Abstract The Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (UDA) began in 1964 with sponsorship from the Detroit Edison Company and Wayne State University to understand the affects of urban growth in the city of Detroit in order to better prepare for future growth. The project was managed for seven years by the international urban planning organization, Doxiadis Associates and produced three volumes of published findings.The UDA records document Doxiadis and the evolution of this project,...
Abstract Mr. Connor served with the Public Works Administration in Gary, Indiana, and Chicago, Illinois (1935-43). He was executive director of the Detroit Citizens Housing and Planning Council (1943-48), a member of the Detroit Common Council (1948-66), chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors (1954- 58), and a Detroit Recorder's Court judge (1966-1967). Mr. Connor also served as secretary of the Southeastern Michigan Community Research Corporation (1958-63), director of the National...
Abstract Edward Baker was the second longest serving Detroit Postmaster (1953-1976) and an active member of the National Association of Postmasters in the United States. His papers reflect his work as Postmaster and his involvement with the NAPUS, especially his term as its president.
Abstract Edward Vaughn was a participant in the rise of black consciousness that began to proliferate in the 1960s. He opened Vaughn’s Bookstore in Detroit in 1965, the second black bookstore in America, and it was well known as disseminator of books and information on African American history. Vaughn also became involved in Forum 66, Black Star Co-op Inc., was part of the 6th Pan-African Congress, and a number of other organizations promoting African American culture and Detroit community. Vaughn...
Abstract Ellen Creager (b. 1956), a Detroit Free Press reporter, first joined the press as a copy editor in 1983 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University; ultimately she was promoted to the position of general assignment reporter in the Features Department. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News employees engaged in a strike against Gannett and Knight-Ridder newspaper chains beginning in July of 1995. Creager was working part-time when the strike began because...
Abstract Ernest Smith was a teacher in the Detroit Public School System who was involved in the black civil rights movement. He helped found the Michigan Freedom Now Party, an all-black party, for whom he ran as candidate for U.S. senator. His papers reflect his interest in black political action, resistance to compulsory unionization, right-to-work organizations, and civil rights issues.
Abstract Between 1978 and 1980, Paul Sporn interviewed Michigan artists and writers active in government-sponsored arts programs during the Great Depression for his book, ...
- Subject: Michigan X
- Walter P. Reuther Library 108
- Wayne State University Libraries 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 19
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 14
- Wayne State University 8
- American Federation of Teachers 7
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 7
- Young, Coleman A. 7
- Detroit Free Press Co. 6
- Newspaper Guild of Detroit 5
- AFL-CIO 4
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 4
- American Civil Liberties Union 3
- Detroit News (Firm) 3
- Detroit Sunday Journal 3
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 3
- AFSCME 2
- Bluestone, Irving 2
- Boryczka, Raymond 2
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 2
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 2
- Detroit Housing Commission 2
- Detroit Public Schools 2
- Frank E. Gannett Newspaper Foundation 2
- General Motors Corporation 2
- Girardin, Ray 2
- Hilberry, Clarence B. 2
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 2
- Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc. 2
- Mahaffey, Maryann 2
- Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions 2
- Michigan. Civil Rights Commission. 2
- Mleczko, Lou 2
- Shanker, Albert 2
- United States. Equal Pay Act of 1963 2
- United States. Works Progress Administration 2
- Action Coalition of Strikers 1
- Alston, Chris (Christopher Columbus) 1
- Alston, Marti (Martha (nee Arnold)) 1
- American Civil Liberties Union of Oakland County (Oakland County, Mich.) 1
- Amos, Ron 1
- Aronson, Ronald, 1938- 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Baker, Edward L. 1
- Beasley, Olive, 1903- 1
- Bechdel, Alison 1
- Bernick, Thomas 1
- Better Schools Association 1
- Bieber, Owen 1
- Blanchard, James J., 1942- 1
- Bledsoe, William, III 1
- Bolger, William F. 1
- Bonior, David E. 1
- Brightmoor District (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Butterfield, Ira Howard, 1840-1928 1
- Causley, Monroe S. 1
- Cavanagh, Paul 1
- Center for Democratic Values 1
- Civil Service Retirement System (U.S.) 1
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
- Connor, Edward 1
- Creager, Ellen 1
- Dearborn Federation of Teachers. Local 681 1
- Dearborn Public Schools 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Common Council 1
- Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network 1
- Detroit Metropolitan Area Regional Planning Commission 1
- Detroit Normal Training School (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Detroit Teachers College 1
- Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 (Mich.) 1
- Detroit Women's Press 1
- Detroit. Charter Revision Commission 1
- Detroit. Commission on Community Relations 1
- Dingwell, Robert E. 1
- Downs, Tom 1
- Doxiadis Associates 1
- Dunn, Nancy E. 1
- Dworkin, Olga 1
- Eckstein, Peter 1
- El-Messidi, Kathy Groehn, Dr. 1
- Epstein, Renee 1
- Evergreen Alliance 1
- Federal Art Project 1
- Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (U.S.) 1
- Federal Theatre Project (U.S.) 1
- Federal Writers’ Project 1
- Ferry, W. Hawkins 1
- Fishman, Al 1
- Forsen, Clemens 1
- Fritschler, A. Lee 1
- Giaimo, Robert N. 1
- Gildea, James C. 1
- Gilmore, Horace W., 1918-2010 1
- Gleicher, Morris 1
- Golodner, Dan (Daniel) 1
- Greene, Robert J. 1
- Gullen, George E., Jr. 1
- Haener, Dorothy 1
- Halbeisen, Robert 1
- Henrickson, Merle 1
- Hodges, Robert G., 1935- 1
- Hoffa, James P. 1 ∧ less