Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 129 Collections and/or Records:
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 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 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 1985, an oral history was conducted with Blaine Marrin by an unidentified interviewer. Blaine Marrin was a former president of UAW Local 157 and an active UAW member since 1937. Collection consists of an audio recording of reminiscences by Marrin about his time with the UAW, as well as his prior experiences with the Mechanics Educational Society of America (MESA).
Abstract In May 1985, Philip Mason interviewed labor lawyer and Wayne State University law faculty member Boaz Siegel. Collection consists of the interview recording. Siegel talks about his background including his socialist upbringing, experiences as a labor educator and school teacher, his long career as a labor lawyer including his contributions to the UAW, especially the development of its benefits program, and his time in private practice and on the faculty of the Wayne State University Law School.
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 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 In 1985 professor Betty Chmaj conducted an interview with Carl Salo, a Finnish immigrant who came to Detroit to work in the auto industry. Collection consists of interview recording. Salo discusses Finnish participation in the labor movement, his early life in pre-World War I Finland, and his experiences as an immigrant in the United States and his work in the automotive and tool and die industries.
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 Between 2004 and 2005, Dennis Deslippe interviewed labor leader Douglas Fraser and retired police officer Ron Mestdaugh as part of his research on the history of affirmative action in the Detroit Police Department. Collection consists of two audio interviews. Fraser, appointed by Mayor Coleman Young to chair the Detroit Police Commission, details the commission's efforts to integrate the police department. Mestdaugh, a white officer, talks about his time on the police force from his recruitment...
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...