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Abstract The American Association of University Women Detroit (AAUW Detroit) is a branch of the AAUW, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower women and improve their lives. Established in 1889, AAUW Detroit is the oldest branch of the AAUW of Michigan. It is also the oldest continuously active women’s organization in Detroit. They advocate for issues related to education, politics and economics, promoting their mission through education, and research. They also maintain leadership...
Abstract Ada Irene Pressman was a mechanical engineer who specialized in developing emergency safety systems for fossil-fired and nuclear power plants. Pressman was a registered Professional Engineer in both Arizona and California, where she worked for Bechtel Corporation for 32 years in various positions. Pressman was actively involved in professional engineering organizations, including serving as president of the Society of Women Engineers from 1979 to 1980. The material in these papers represent...
Abstract Adair Damman's affiliation with SEIU began in 1981, and Damman worked at SEIU for a number of years, most notably as an organizer. Presently. Damman works as the Legislative Director of Local 925 in Seattle, Washington. These records primarily document Damman's earlier work during the 1980s and 1990s. Much of the material focuses on Local 1864 in Nevada, Local 707 and the Mendocino County Employees Association in California, Local 880 in Boston, and organizing Local 6. Predominate topics are...
Abstract Local 1259, representing Detroit Public Library (DPL) employees, affiliated in 1949 with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Michigan Council 77. It represented professional librarians, as well as clerical and maintenance employees. A staff association existed for some years before union certification, and failed attempts to unionize were made before 1949. In 1970, the Association of Professional Librarians won the right to represent the professional...
Abstract The AFSCME Program Development Department was created in January of 1973 to deal with matters such as health care, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, employee protections, career development, and sex discrimination. It was funded by federal grant money until 1975 when the funds ran out, the department was disbanded, and its several functions were taken over by other AFSCME departments. The records in Part I reflect the Department's concerns with women's issues, sex...
Abstract From 1986 to 1987, AFSCME Assistant Director of Public Affairs Amy Mayers conducted an oral history project capturing memories of those involved with a federal pay equity lawsuit waged by AFSCME Council 28, which represents Washington state employees, against the state of Washingtion between 1982 and 1985. The lawsuit was one of many pay equity cases being fought nationally around this time. Collection consists of 28 video recordings of 16 interviews with 18 persons involved with the AFSCME v....
Abstract The records in this collection focus on comparable worth and job evaluation in state governments. The majority of the collection is comprised of consultants’ proposals to state and local government committees to conduct studies addressing issues of pay equity and job evaluation and ranking systems. Some correspondence exists that documents the evaluation and selection of these proposals by state committees and the national AFSCME office. General information and reports about various job...
Abstract Labor activist and journalist Agnes Burns Wieck served as an organizer for the Women's Trade Union League, and was a founder and president of the Progressive Miners of America (PMA) Illinois Women's Auxiliary. Ms. Burns Wieck's papers document her work as an advocate for women's rights and the labor movement, particularly concerning the Illinois PMA Women's Auxiliary.
Abstract Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) formed as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1881, becoming the AAUW in 1921. The collection primarily contains state and national organizational proceeding records and organizational publications.
Abstract Ann Blankenhorn investigated and publicized the social and economic conditions in the textile, clothing, and coal mining industries in the 1920s and 30s with special emphasis on women and children. Also included are papers relating to the WPA (1934) and the imprisonment of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn in the 1950s. Important correspondents are Peter Blume and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. The materials consist of correspondence (1931-68), personal notebooks, diaries, and address books.
Abstract Ann Francis, a journeyman pipefitter and member of UAW Local 652, worked at the General Motors Oldsmobile plant in the early 1980's. In 1985 she became a technical instructor in the UAW-GM apprentice program and developed programs to recruit and train women and minorities for the skilled trades. From 1989 until her retirement in 1998, she managed a number of different joint union-management programs for the skilled trades at GM's Lansing plant, the most important of which was the Skilled Trades...
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 Association of Municipal Professional Women (AMPW), organized in 1975, was an organization open to women who were employed in the city of Detroit and held professional titles. The organization’s primary purpose was to provide professional women in all departments to meet and network on a citywide basis, as well as to create a forum for common interests and discuss common problems. The organization disbanded in the late 1980s, early 1990s. Records of the AMPW reflect the organization’s...
Abstract An active member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 148 (Douglas Aircraft-Long Beach), Bette Murphy was the first woman at Douglas to hold positions of supervisor and manufacturing engineer. Ms. Murphy's papers document the affairs of Local 148 throughout her career.
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 Bonnie Lee Moss Rattner wrote a stage adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, as her master's thesis while earning a Master of Arts degree in English at Wayne State University. After obtaining the stage rights for the novel, the play "To Gleam It Around, To Show My Shine," was first performed in 1983 at Wayne State's Hilberry Theater. Ms. Rattner worked as an advocate of African-American literature, particularly of the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes,...
Abstract Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York was founded in 1921 as an experimental college for labor specific classes. It was a residential college different from traditional colleges. It only lasted until 1937 when it fell victim to the depression. Collection documents students, faculty, and other labor leaders affiliated with the school, as well as the buildings and grounds of the Brookwood Labor College. Classes, Brookwood Labor Player performances, and other student activities are also...
Abstract The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE) was founded at Demopolis, Alabama, in July, 1887 under the name of the Order of Railroad Trackmen, and eventually came to include all workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures of the railroads. Its Grand Lodge headquarters was permanently established in Detroit, Michigan in 1913, and is comprised of System Divisions or Federations, each of which has under its jurisdiction one or more railroad systems...
Abstract Camille Colatosti worked during the 1990s as a writer and as an advocate for working women. Originally writing as a staff member at Labor Notes, a Detroit-based labor journal, Colatosti left in 1992 but continued her writings for journals and publications focusing on labor and women, among other topics. During her time at Labor Notes, Colatosti wrote Stopping Sexual Harassment: A Handbook for Union and Workplace Advocates, and began to run workshops on this topic,...
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 Carl Cohen was elected Chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in 1971. His papers reflect his work the the Michigan ACLU, as well as the stance of the ACLU on various issues, both local and national.
Abstract Dr. Carol Haddad is a long-time labor and technology researcher with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. From 1978-1990 she served as a tenured faculty member at Michigan State University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations, later holding senior positions with the American Society for Training and Development, the Industrial Technology Institute (at which she was the founding director of the Labor and Technology Program), and the Wayne State University College of Urban, Labor and...
Abstract Carolyn Forrest began working at JR Winter Company, which she helped organize for the United Auto Workers (UAW). In 1967 Forrest joined the international staff of Region 1E as the first female servicing representative in the UAW and ten years later was appointed an administrative assistant by UAW President Douglas Fraser. In 1993 she was elected an International Vice President. Forest retired from the UAW in 1998.
Abstract Carrie Burton Overton was active in African-American educational, political, and arts organizations through much of the twentieth century. The collection includes a series of studio portraits dating from around the time of her marriage; portraits of family members and some other individuals; scenes at Howard University and the Tuskegee Institute; and several panoramic group pictures at alumni, political, and arts events.
Abstract A charter member and president of Women's Auxiliary 15, Catherine Gelles served as secretary-treasurer, and later, an international representative, of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Women's Auxiliaries, and vice-president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) National Auxiliaries. Ms. Gelles' papers reflect her work in the labor movement and the history of UAW women's auxiliaries.
- Subject: Women X
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 32
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 17
- Service Employees International Union 11
- Sociey of Women Engineers 10
- National Organization for Women 9
- AFSCME 7
- American Federation of Teachers 7
- AFL-CIO 6
- Wayne State University 6
- Industrial Workers of the World 5
- Sweeney, John J. 5
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 4
- Wayne State University. Folklore Archives 4
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 3
- Cordtz, Richard 3
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 3
- Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives 3
- Stern, Andy 3
- 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) 2
- Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America 2
- Brody, Bernice 2
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Seattle Chapter 2
- DelVecchio, Stacey 2
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 2
- Eller English, Troy 2
- Ellickson, Katherine Pollak 2
- Ford, Pat (Patricia) 2
- General Motors Corporation 2
- Hatcher, Lillian 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 1-D 2
- Layne, Margaret 2
- Marinovich, Irene Young 2
- Mattson, Gail 2
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 2
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 2
- Tietjen, Jill S. 2
- United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit 2
- United Foundation (Detroit, Mich.) 2
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 2
- AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education. 1
- AFSCME. Local 101 (Santa Clara County, Calif.) 1
- AFSCME. Local 1259 1
- African National Congress 1
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- American Association of University Women. Detroit Branch, Inc. 1
- American Association of University Women. Michigan Division 1
- American Civil Liberties Union 1
- American Dance Festival 1
- Anderson-Rowland, Mary 1
- Arvey, Sarah 1
- Association of Municipal Professional Women 1
- Barth, Emma C. 1
- Beasley, Olive, 1903- 1
- Beckman, Charles Keller, 1900- 1
- Bednarczyk, Betty 1
- Berg, Harriet (Harriet Jean) 1
- Bernstein, Thelma M. 1
- Bierman, Elizabeth 1
- Blakenhorn, Ann 1
- Blue Cross Blue Shield 1
- Boggs, Grace Lee 1
- Borchardt, Selma 1
- Brewster, George 1
- Brody, Jeffrey 1
- Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) 1
- Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees 1
- Bryce, William 1
- Bubb, Margo 1
- Burt, George, 1903- 1
- Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- 1
- Cascadden, Sharon (Sharon E.) 1
- Chrapkiewicz, Joseph 1
- Christenson, Edith L. 1
- Chrysler Corporation 1
- Clark, Yvonne Young 1
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Greater Boston Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Metro-Detroit Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Puget Sound Chapter 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). San Francisco Chapter 1
- Cohen, Carl 1
- Colatosti, Camille 1
- Collier, John, Jr. (William Armistead) 1
- Collier, Phyllis Feningston 1
- Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (Detroit, Mich.) 1
- Community Chest of Metropolitan Detroit 1
- Cook, Victoria 1
- Corder, Minnie F. 1
- Crawford, Elaine 1
- Damman, Adair 1
- Daniels, Jane Zimmer 1
- Deslippe, Dennis 1
- Detroit Central America Solidarity Committee 1
- Detroit Feminist Women’s Health Center 1
- Detroit Institute for Children 1
- Detroit Metropolitan Dance Project 1
- Detroit Public Library 1
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra 1
- Detroit Women's Press 1
- Dollinger, Genora Johnson 1 ∧ less