Subject Source: Reuther Taxonomy
Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Papers consist of correspondence, ballots, proceedings from meetings, clippings, local finances, per capita reports, charter applications. Subjects include integration, federal works programs, loyalty oaths, academic freedom, federal aid to education, communist issues.
Dates: 1914 - 1980
Abstract The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was founded in 1916 to improve the working lives of teachers through-out the country and has grown to be one of the largest unions in the United States that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The southern regional office is one of five satellite offices of the AFT. The southern region represents teachers from elementary school through higher education, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel who are members of the AFT in the states of Alabama,...
Dates: 1968 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1975 - 1985
Abstract Albert K. Williams, also known as Kempton A. Williams, served as an organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Mr. Williams’ papers reflect his work with the CIO and his activities as a student at the Wisconsin School for Workers in Industry and at Brookwood Labor College.
Dates: 1933 - 1956; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1951
Abstract Brendan Sexton held various offices in key labor organizations, including president of the New York Workers Alliance, national secretary of the Workers Defense League, regional director of United Steelworkers of America (USWA), and United Auto Workers (UAW) director of education. He served as a faculty member and advisor on labor education to numerous academic institutions, among them the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Harvard, Princeton and Cornell. Sexton’s papers document...
Dates: 1938 - 1988
Collection — Box Small Processed Collections: Br - Col, Box 2, Folder: 2
Abstract Newsletters and reprints of articles from 1976-1977 relating to the efforts of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation to provide curricular material on labor history in Canadian schools.
Dates: 1976 - 1977
Abstract With a background in teaching history and economics in England, Mark Starr moved to the U.S. and went to work for Brookwood Labor College as extension director in 1928. He became director of the Ladies Garment Workers Union Educational Department in 1934, where he served for almost 30 years, publishing pamphlets and articles on workers' education and labor history. In the 1960s, he traveled for the International Labour Office gathering information and training labor leaders in foreign...
Dates: 1917 - 1972; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1962
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. The 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 Players performances and other student activities are...
Dates: 1921 - 1937
Abstract Brookwood Labor College was a co-educational, residential workers' institution founded in 1921 in Katonah, New York. The curriculum focused on a progressive, non-factional education for workers, as the college sought to play an increasing role in the task of building a militant, intelligent, powerful labor movement. The records document the operation of the college during its sixteen years. Brookwood College closed in 1937.
Dates: 1921 - 1937
Abstract Dr. Carol J. Haddad is a long-time labor and technology researcher with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. From 1978 to 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...
Dates: 1945 - 2004
Abstract David Schick served in various capacities in the labor movement throughout his career in journalism, acting as an organizer and contract negotiator for various local newspaper unions. Mr. Schick aided in the organizing of the Newspaper Guild of New York, and was the founder and editor of the Philadelphia Labor Record. Mr. Schick’s papers document his interest in the unionization of newspaper workers and the political issues of concern to the labor movement, particularly regarding the 1948...
Dates: 1934 - 1969
Abstract Don Stevens was an honorary alumnus of both Michigan State University (MSU) and Wayne State University, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors respectively. A prominent labor educator, he was the AFL-CIO Education Director for Michigan, a trustee of the Michigan Council on Economic Education, and was involved in labor education at MSU and Oakland University. He was also involved in labor circles more broadly, serving as the president of the Kent County CIO Council and the...
Dates: 1969 - 1980; Majority of material found within 1971 - 1979
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 7
Abstract In 1984, Dennis East interviewed Fred Thompson, IWW labor organizer and an instructor and director, 1927-1941, at the Work People's College (Työväen Opisto), a radical labor college near Duluth, Minnesota. Collection consists of the interview transcript and recording. Thompson recounts his activities with the Work People's College.
Abstract A member of United Auto Workers Local 22, Glen Betts served as chairman of its Community Services Committee and attended the 1974 Michigan United Labor Community Services School (MULCSS) at Black Lake. Mr. Betts’ papers reflect the various concerns and interests of Local 22’s Community Service Committee and the social issues addressed at the Black Lake MULCSS, including substance abuse, unemployment, union services for the handicapped and the energy crisis.
Dates: 1962 - 1975
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 1
Abstract In 1971, Alice Hoffman interviewed labor educator, social worker, and poet Hilda Smith and labor activist Frank Fernbach, chair and co-chair of the National Committee for the Extension of Labor Education, respectively. Collection consists of the interview transcript. Smith and Fernbach touch primarily on the Committee’s efforts in the late 1940s to get federal legislation passed to establish a labor education service.
Abstract Irving Bluestone (January 5, 1917-November 17, 2007) was born and raised in New York City. He received his B.A. at City College of New York in 1937 and attended the University of Bern, Switzerland for one year of postgraduate studies. In 1942, he joined the UAW in New Jersy and showing promise, was moved to Detroit in 1947 by Walter Reuther to join the General Motors Department. He became Leonard Woodcock's administrative assistant in 1955 and Walter Reuther's in 1961. In 1972 he was elected...
Dates: 1955 - 1998; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1992
Abstract A member of the Detroit and Wayne County Federation of Labor, and later the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Joseph Basso founded the City and County Public Service Employees Association, which later became the Public Employees Union. Active in community affairs and Democratic politics, Mr. Basso conducted campaigns for Frank Murphy and George Murphy, and also worked in civil defense during World Ward II. His papers reflect his involvement in the careers of...
Dates: 1927 - 1968; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1967
Abstract Labor Notes (officially titled the Labor Education and Research Project) is a media and organizing project for union rank and file activists based out of Detroit, Michigan. Best known for their self-titled monthly magazine, Labor Notes also publishes books, hosts a bi-annual conference, and runs organizing workshops and seminars for Union locals throughout North America. Since 1979 they have served an important networking and organizing role in the labor community, working to strengthen the...
Dates: 1965 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1985 - 1999
Abstract Around the 1970s, Aldo Lanza, a professor of American history at the University of Turin, interviewed Margaret Greenfield as part of his research on Brookwood Labor College. Margaret Greenfield was a secretary there. Collection consists of the interview recording. Greenfield talks about Brookwood Labor College during her time working there, particularly the school's efforts between 1926 and 1929 for its $1 million fund, with which she was involved, as well as her later work at the college.
Dates: 1970 - 1979
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 4
Abstract In 1974, Dennis East interviewed Mark and Helen Norton Starr, both of whom taught in the 1920s and 1930s at Brookwood Labor College, the first residential labor college in the U.S. Collection consists of the interview transcript. The Starrs talk about their experiences at Brookwood Labor College and related events. Final portion of the interview is missing.
Abstract MIke Kerwin moved to Detroit in 1950 and began work at American Metal Products Co. which led to his membership with the UAW Local 174. Mike Kerwin also served as an Editor of the Local 174 newsletter, Union Voice. After 3 years in this position and becoming increasingly involved in Local 174’s Education Committee, Kerwin began working directly for the UAW as a Technician in the Education Department. Kerwin worked in the UAW Education Department for most of his career, creating educational...
Dates: 1920 - 1965
Abstract Nat Weinberg worked as a teacher on Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers education projects, as a researcher for the International Ladies Garment Workers Unions, and for several federal bureaus, prior to becoming the United Auto Workers (UAW) Director of Special Projects and Economic Analysis. Mr. Weinberg pioneered the concepts of the guaranteed annual wage and supplemental unemployment benefits.Part I: Part 1 of Mr. Weinberg’s papers primarily relate to his work for the UAW,...
Dates: 1931 - 1985
Abstract Otto Pragan served as the Education and Research Director for the International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU), and assisted in the merger negotiations between the ICWU and the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union (OCAW). Mr. Pragan’s papers reflect his work with the ICWU and his interests in labor education and economic research.
Dates: 1941 - 1961
Abstract Workers Education Local 189, American Federation of Teachers, was founded in November 1922 as the bargaining agent for the faculty members of Brookwood Labor College. After Brookwood closed its doors in 1937, Local 189 opened its membership to all persons, regardless of geographic location, who were engaged in workers' education. Throughout its existence Local 189 had been active in distributing workers' education materials to other members of the AFT, and to public schools, colleges and to the...
Dates: 1939 - 1977