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Oral histories

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 132 Collections and/or Records:

Detroit WestSiders Oral Histories

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Identifier: UOH001949
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...

Elmer Makela Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002213
Abstract In 1975, Betty Ch'maj interviewed Finnish immigrant Elmer Makela, likely as part of a series of additional interviews with immigrants and their work and life experiences. Collection consists of a recording of Ch'maj summarizing a series of three interviews she conducted with Makela between July and August 1975 at Loon Lake. She describes Makela talking about the Detroit Finnish Co-operative Summer Camp (or "Finn Camp"), including its history and importance in terms of recreational and...

"Empty Spaces": Plant Shutdown and Displacement in the Industrial Heartland Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001744
Abstract As part of the research for his disseration on industrial plant shutdowns in the 1970s and 1980s, Steven High interviewed numerous displaced workers across the United States and Canada. Some of the interviewees were located in Detroit. The collection consists of nine interviews on VHS tape with displaced Detroit-area auto industry workers conducted by Steven High as part of the research for his dissertation,

End of the Line Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH001711
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...

Eugene Barnett Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 3
Identifier: LOH002265
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,...

Federal Patronage of the Arts in Michigan During the Great Depression Oral Histories

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Identifier: UOH001700
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, ...

Finnish Socialist Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002217
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...

Focus: HOPE Oral Histories

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Identifier: UOH001737
Abstract In 2007, Reuther archivist William LeFevre conducted an oral history on the organization Focus: HOPE, interviewing its co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and longtime supporter Senator Carl Levin. The civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. Its aims were and are to overcome racism and poverty and foster social justice, racial integration, and urban employment through food distribution, human relations, and job training...

Francis Dillon Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 11
Identifier: LOH002277
Abstract In 1971, Reuther archivist Dennis East interviewed Francis J. Dillon, AFL organizer and first president of the UAW. Collection consists of interview transcript. Dillon talks about AFL president William Green, AFL organizing in the auto industry, and the UAW presidency.

Frank Cedervall Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002321
Abstract Labor historian Patrick Reagan interviewed IWW organizer and orator Frank Cedervall, who was the chief organizer for the Metal and Machinery Workers Industrial Union (MMWIU) and leader of its Cleveland Local 440, from the 1930s through the 1950s, with his brother, Tor. Collection consists of an interview recording. Cedervall discusses the idea, formation, and aims of the IWW, his hopes for the future of the radical labor movement, and to a lesser degree, his experiences with the IWW and MMWIU.

Frank Felt Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002322
Abstract In 1975, professor of American studies Betty Ch'maj, with assistance from Dennis East, interviewed Frank Felt, a Finnish-American worker in the tool and die industry. Collection consists of a recording of the interview. Felt talks about Finnish contributions the labor movement in Finland and the United States, as well as his own experiences as a tool and die tradesman.

Fred Thompson Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 7
Identifier: LOH002314
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.

Gloria Johnson Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002326
Abstract In 1993, Dennis Deslippe interviewed International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE) staffer and Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) president and co-founder Gloria Johnson for his book,

Grace Hospital Records

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Identifier: UR001352
Abstract Grace Hospital opened for patients in December, 1888 with seventy-five beds. It expanded rapidly over the next several decades, serving over 15,000 inpatients and 90,000 outpatients by its fiftieth year, 1938, and opening the Northwest Branch in 1942. Building additions in 1953 and 1964 made Grace the second largest voluntary non-profit hospital in Michigan. Grace and Harper Hospitals merged in 1973 and consolidated with other hospitals in the newly-created Detroit Medical Center in 1985. The...

Grace Lee Boggs Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 7
Identifier: LOH002319
Abstract Revolutionary socialist, community activist, and radical theorist Grace Lee Boggs was interviewed in 2002 by Wayne State University graduate student Alison Stankrauff as part of coursework for the Wayne State University oral history methodology course. Collection consists of recording and transcript for an interview in which Dr. Boggs discusses her involvement with radical political ideas, community activism in Detroit, and other aspects of her work and life.

Greek-American Family Life Oral Histories

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Identifier: WSOH002712
Abstract The Folklore Archive, established in 1939 by WSU English professors Emlyn Gardner and Thelma James, contains the oldest and largest record of urban folk traditions in the United States. Between 1983 and 1984, the Department of Greek and Latin at Wayne State University, in conjuction with the university's Folklore Archive and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Humanities, undertook a project, "The Greek-American Family: Continuity Through Change," to document the Greek...

Harley Kraehnke Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 5
Identifier: LOH002291
Abstract In 2005, Ronee L. Francis interviewed Harley Kraehnke, president of Local 1006, United Paperworkers of America, CIO. Collection consists of an interview recording and transcript. Kraehnke dicusses the union activities of himself and his father, Herman Kraehnke, who organized Monroe's first United Paperworkers Local 1600 under the CIO. He talks about his background; involvement in labor union activities, his own presidency of Local 1006; the wildcat strike of 1945; and his charitable activities.

Hilda Smith and Frank Fernbach Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 1
Identifier: LOH002283
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.

In the Fields: En los Campos Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH002424
Abstract Between 2001 and 2002, documentarians Freddi Jacobi-Stevens and Pam LeBlanc photographed teenaged migrant farm workers in Michigan and Indiana. Jacobi-Stevens' daughter, Emily Jacobi, recorded oral history interviews with them and related individuals, in which they discuss their lives, work, and hopes for the future. This project became "In the Fields: En los campos." A photographic exhibition of the same name was displayed at the Children's Museum of Indianopolis in 2004 and at the Walter P....

Industrial Workers of the World Oral Histories

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Identifier: LOH000130
Abstract In 1972 Tracy Dalton interviewed Industrial Workers of the World organizer Herb Edwards. For his book on the IWW, The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies, Tom Copeland drew on this interview; in addition, he also interviewed Edwards, as well as other IWW organizers including Lucy Annne Cloud and Julia Ruuttila. Collection consists of four interview transcripts. Herb Edwards (interviewed twice), Lucy Anne Cloud, and Julia Ruuttila share...

Irene Young Marinovich Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002329
Abstract William "Bill" Bryce and Elaine Crawford interviewed labor activist Irene Young Marinovich for Bryce's documentary on Marinovich's life and work in the UAW,

Irene Young Marinovich Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 8
Identifier: LOH002328
Abstract In 1974, Susan Hartmann and Lucy Haessler interviewed Irene Young Marinovich, a veteran GM worker and local UAW leader at Detroit auto plants, including the General Motors Ternstedt Plant. Collection consists of the interview recording and transcript about the UAW and conditions for women workers in Detroit-area auto plants during the 1930s and 1940s.

Irving Bluestone Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 5
Identifier: LOH002267
Abstract Sidney Kelman interviewed labor lawyer Irving Bluestone in 1975. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript covering his association with Walter Reuther, the Reuther Caucus, and issues confronting the UAW from the late 1930s through the 1940s.

Irving Richter Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002332
Abstract In 1988, R. T. King interviewed labor leader and academic Irving Richter. Collection consists of the interview recordings which focus on his career in the labor movement.

IWW Colorado Coal Strike of 1927 Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002337
Abstract Between 1974 and 1984, while completing graduate studies in sociology, Eric Margolis and Ron McMahan undertook two research projects that formed the University of Colorado Coal Project, documenting the memories and work of coal miners through interviews and photographs. The project included oral histories with former coal miners, community members, and experts across the Western United States, with a focus on Colorado. Coverage includes documentation of IWW members, activities, and events....