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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,...
Abstract In 1973, Richard N. Billings and John Greenya contracted with AFSCME to write a history of the union, resulting in the 1974 book
Abstract In 2010, Mike Smith interviewed Alan Reuther, nephew of Walter Reuther and former Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers, who served in the UAW's Washington Office from 1982 to 2010. Collection consists of a recording and transcript. Reuther discusses his personal history; the Reuther family, in particular his uncles, Walter and Victor, and his father, Roy; details of his long career with the UAW; general impressions of the labor movement; reminiscences on past UAW presidents,...
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...
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 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.
Abstract In late 1967, Herbert Hill, labor director for the NAACP, visited Wayne State University in Detroit to conduct oral histories with African American men and women on their experiences in the labor movement. Between 1967 and 1970, Hill, with local interviewers Roberta McBride, Jim Keeney, and Norman McRae, completed numerous interviews in Detroit. Hill also visited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Berkeley for several additional interviews to round out what would become known as the Blacks in...
Abstract In 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Detroit media personality Bob Allison, whose real name is Bob Allesee. Collection consists of audio recordings and electronic transcripts of the two-part interview. Allison talks about growing up in LaPorte, Indiana; his radio career prior to settling in Detroit; his military service during the Korean War; his radio career in Detroit, including hosting the longrunning "Ask Your Neighbor" program on WWJ and WNZK; his television career, including the Twin...
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...
Abstract In 1993, health care labor leader and nurse activist Candace Owley was among 27 women interviewed as part of the Women of Wisconsin Labor Oral History Project and the resultant book,
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.
Abstract Carrie Burton Overton served with the NAACP and in Democratic politics. She was also a Juilliard-trained musician and composer. She was interviewed in 1969 by history professor Philip Mason. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript covering Overton's early life in Laramie, Wyoming, and her political and civil rights work, including her involvement with the NAACP and the "Colored Division" of the National Democratic Committee.
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.
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...
Abstract The Council on Early Childhood, part of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, conducted an oral history project from the mid-1980s through mid-1990s intended to capture the memories and experiences of pioneers in child care, child development, and early childhood education in metropolitan Detroit, interviewing 26 experts in the field. Louise L. Sally Brown, director of the Council, convened a committee to manage and conduct the oral history, with Charlene Firestone also a...
Abstract Between 1975 and 1976, Nancy Terner Golinko conducted interviews with Detroit-area dance instructors as research for her master's thesis entitled "The Growth and Development of the Modern Dance Curriculum at the Secondary Level, Detroit Public Schools, 1925-1969." Collection consists of transcripts of five oral history interviews with dance educators active circa 1925-1969 in the Detroit Public Schools and at Wayne State University. The selected dance educators represent artistic philosophies,...
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...
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...
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...
Abstract Students in Patricia L. Pilling's Wayne State University course on oral history methodology conducted oral histories as part of their coursework. The Detroit Renaissance Center Oral History Project spanned multiple semesters between 1977 and 1980. Students interviewed individuals with some affiliation to the Renaissance Center. The collection consists of 39 recorded interviews with individuals working at, with, and in the vicinity of the Renaissance Center, or residents of the area, about the...
Abstract The Detroit WestSiders organization was founded in 1995 to research and preserve the history of the people and institutions that made the west side of Detroit a nurturing and progressive enclave for African Americans in the period from 1920 to 1950. In 2005, as part of the WestSiders project, Reuther Library Field Archivist Louis Jones conducted oral history interviews with 12 longtime community members. The WestSiders compiled and selected this documentation for books and a website to educate...
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...
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,...
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, ...
Abstract In 1976, an oral history project was conducted, likely spearheaded by Elvera Kanerva, who was the primary interviewer, to document the politics and lives of Finnish-American socialists. Collection consists of eight interviews with Finnish-American socialists on their political views, community, and lives. Recordings exist for all interviews. Transcripts exist for the following interviews: Ida Bjorkquist, Charles Jay, James Jukela, Elvera Kanerva, and Ilma Reynolds. The James Jukela interview...
- Subject: Transcripts X
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 16
- Smith, Mike (Michael O.) 10
- East, Dennis 9
- Wayne State University 6
- AFSCME 4
- General Motors Corporation 4
- Industrial Workers of the World 4
- Pflug, Warner W. 4
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 4
- AFL-CIO 3
- American Federation of Teachers 3
- Ellickson, Katherine Pollak 3
- Ford Motor Company 3
- Sociey of Women Engineers 3
- United Farm Workers 3
- Barnard, John 2
- Bluestone, Irving 2
- Boryczka, Raymond 2
- Briggs Manufacturing Company 2
- Brody, Bernice 2
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 2
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 2
- DelVecchio, Stacey 2
- Eller English, Troy 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 900 (Wayne, Mich.) 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Ford Local 600 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 22 (Detroit, Mich.) 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 1-D 2
- Kelman, Sidney 2
- Layne, Margaret 2
- Mattson, Gail 2
- National Association of Letter Carriers (U.S.) 2
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 2
- Pilling, Patricia L. 2
- Service Employees International Union 2
- Tietjen, Jill S. 2
- 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) 1
- AFSCME. Local 101 (Santa Clara County, Calif.) 1
- AFT Michigan (Michigan Federation of Teachers ) 1
- Agorgianitis, Tom (Thomas) 1
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 1
- Allison, Bob 1
- Alpern, Ron 1
- Alvarez, Kassie (Kassandra) 1
- Ambriz, Omar 1
- American Federation of Labor 1
- American Newspaper Guild 1
- Ames, Joseph Lynn, 1925- 1
- Amos, Ron 1
- Amshay, Albert 1
- Anderson, W. M. Jack 1
- Anderson-Rowland, Mary 1
- Arnold, Edith 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training 1
- Aulisio, Dominique 1
- Austin, Dave (William David) 1
- Auto-Lite (Firm) 1
- Babson, Steve 1
- Bailey, Nora 1
- Barnett, Eugene 1
- Barrager, Lowell 1
- Basaldua, Mayra 1
- Beaudry, Margaret 1
- Bergman, Walter 1
- Betzold, Michael 1
- Bielski, Richard 1
- Bierman, Elizabeth 1
- Billings, Richard N. 1
- Boggs, Grace Lee 1
- Bonner, Thomas Neville 1
- Boutte, Lucy 1
- Bowen, Bob (Robert) 1
- Brandt, Ed (Edgar) 1
- Brewster, George 1
- Brody, Jeffrey 1
- Brooks, Dan 1
- Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) 1
- Brown, Carl 1
- Brown, Elwin 1
- Brown, Louise (Sally) Langdon 1
- Bubb, Margo 1
- Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- 1
- Cabello, Cynthia 1
- Cabello, Sandy 1
- California Migrant Ministry 1
- Carlstrom, Lawrence 1
- Cascadden, Sharon (Sharon E.) 1
- Castillo, Ana (Ana Yesenia) 1
- Cavanagh, Paul 1
- Children's Crusade for Children 1
- Chrysler Corporation 1
- Clark, Daniel J. 1
- Clark, Yvonne Young 1
- Cline, Alan D. 1
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 1
- Coleman, Les 1
- Copeland, Tom 1
- Coppess, James 1 ∧ less