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Oral histories

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 132 Collections and/or Records:

Jack Golodner Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 4
Identifier: LOH002216
Abstract In 2004, Mike Smith interviewed Jack Golodner, President Emeritus of the Department for Professional Employees, a semi-autonomous trades department of the AFL-CIO representing white-collar workers. Collection consists of audio recordings and a transcript. Golodner talks about his childhood and early life; education; entry into the labor movement; early work in law, politics, and labor organizing; involvement with the AFL-CIO, particularly with his work in advancing the organization of...

James H. Rademacher Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 4
Identifier: LOH002301
Abstract In 2009, Mike Smith interviewed James H. Rademacher, a longtime president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) who oversaw the creation of the United States Postal Service (USPS) as an independent postal authority. Collection consists of an interview audio recording and transcript. Rademacher recounts his union activity, leadership roles, achievements, and significant events over the course of his career, including his entry into union activity; rise to higher offices at branch...

Jerry Tucker Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 8-9
Identifier: LOH002259
Abstract Between March and June 2005, Mike Smith interviewed Jerry Tucker in a series of interviews. Tucker was a longtime union activist, former executive board member of the United Auto Workers International Union, and a founder of the UAW New Directions movement. He also spoke and wrote on labor issues. Collection consists of audio recordings for the entire interview and a partial, unedited transcript of the interview, covering the first five of the seven tapes. Tucker discusses topics such as his...

Jerry Wurf: Labor's Last Angry Man Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001093
Abstract Between November 1981 and January 1982, Joseph C. Goulden interviewed 10 individuals associated with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and influential, longtime leader Jerry Wurf, for Goulden's biography of Wurf,

Joan Goddard Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 2
Identifier: LOH002238
Abstract San Jose librarian Joan Goddard served as president of AFSCME Local 101 following the union’s 1981 contract fight centered on narrowing the gap between male and female municipal workers’ pay in San Jose, California. AFSCME Archivist Johanna Russ interviewed her in 2009. Collection consists of an audio recording and transcript of the interview. Goddard discusses her role in the negotiations and eventual strike during the AFSCME Local 101 (California) 1981 contract struggle.

John and Annie Thuener Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 6
Identifier: LOH002198
Abstract In the summer of 1978, as part of a personal project to document his family’s history, Bob Baker interviewed his grandparents, John and Annie Thuener, about their lives, family, and John’s work and his foundational union organizing efforts and union leadership in the optical industry. Collection consists of audio recordings and a printed document providing background for and summary of the interview.

John Herling Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001259
Abstract John Herling was a prolific journalist, working for several publications and serving as White House correspondent and syndicated columnist specializing in labor affairs throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He owned "John Herling's Labor Letter," which he edited and published from 1947 to 1990, as well as authoring several books, including Strikes Under the New Deal, The Great Price Conspiracy, and ...

Joseph B. Sullivan Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 5
Identifier: UOH002313
Abstract Judge Joseph B. Sullivan was a longtime Wayne County legal and civic leader, notable for his role as a founding member of Focus: HOPE. Early in his career he was executive secretary for Detroit mayor Jerome Cavanagh, with whom he became a close friend. He was interviewed by Reuther archivist Raymond Boryczka in 1991. Collection consists of the interview recordings and transcript, conducted in two parts in June and August of 1991, with Sullivan on the election and administration of Detroit mayor...

Joseph Jablonower Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000403
Abstract Mr. Jablonower began teaching in the New York Public School System in 1910. The trial of three New York teachers (1917-18) led Mr. Jablonower to join other teachers founding the New York City Teachers Union, associated with the New York Teachers Guild and the American Federation of Teachers. His papers include correspondence, speeches, clippings, and other materials on his appointment to the Board of Examiners (1938); the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture; his aid to European refugees, and...

Katherine Ellickson Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 13
Identifier: LOH002279
Abstract Wayne State University Professor of History Philip Mason interviewed labor economist and activist Katherine Pollak Ellickson in 1975. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript, in which she explains the inventory of the papers that she donated to Wayne State University. Topics covered include the women's rights movement and the labor movement, particularly within the AFL-CIO. Also covered is the AFL-CIO merger.

Katherine Ellickson Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Item: 12
Identifier: LOH002278
Abstract Between 1966 and 1967, Peter A. Corning conducted a series of eight interviews for the Columbia University Oral History Research Office with labor economist and activist Katherine Pollak Ellickson, underwritten by the Social Security Administration. Collection consists of all eight interview transcripts. Ellickson discusses her background, early work with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, and, primarily, her roles in shaping Social Security, health benefit, and Medicare policies and...

Katherine Ellickson Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 14
Identifier: LOH002280
Abstract In early 1976, Dennis East of the Reuther Library interviewed labor economist and activist Katherine Pollak Ellickson in a continuation of an earlier interview series. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript, in which she discusses topics such as health insurance in the United States, the President's Commission on the Status of Women, and women's rights in general.

Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH001710
Abstract The Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories are the result of a project carried out by the University of Michigan's Historical Center for the Health Sciences, 1997-2000 (interviews conducted 1997-1998), and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to create and bring together resources relating to the African American health care experience in southeast Michigan from the 1940s through the 1960s. To this end, principal reseachers George Myers III and Ronald Amos and other...

Labor Diplomacy Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001762
Abstract Morris Weisz, a labor specialist and former State Department official, joined with around 20 other retired and active U.S. Government experts in international labor affairs in 1990 to begin conducting oral history interviews for what would become the Labor Diplomacy Oral History Project, under the auspices of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. The project goal was to cover the United States Government's involvement in international labor affairs, or "labor diplomacy," from the...

Larry Carlstrom Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 9
Identifier: LOH002270
Abstract Professor of history John Barnard interviewed union official Lawrence "Larry" Carlstrom in 1997. Collection consists of the interview transcript. Carlstrom covers UAW organizing and collective bargaining in automobile and farm machinery plants in Wisconsin and Illinois, especially during the 1930s and 1940s.

Leonard Woodcock Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001053
Abstract Leonard Woodcock was a longtime labor figure who rose to the level of President of the UAW in 1970 and held the position until 1977. He then embarked on a renowned diplomatic career, first leading a mission to recover POW's and remains of those missing in action in Vietnam in 1977, and then serving as Chief of the US Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). While in China, he negotiated with PRC leaders to establish full diplomatic relations between China and the US, officially...

Low Income and Minority Women Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001496
Abstract Between 1976 and 1990, Fran Leeper Buss conducted a series of interviews with low-income and minority women across the Southern, Western, Midwestern, and Appalachian regions of the United States. As part of a collaborative project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona and the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe, these interviews were then transcribed, indexed, and processed, with funding from the Ford Foundation. The...

Marc Grossman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001045
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24...

Marc Stepp Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002336
Abstract In 2003, labor historian Mike Smith conducted an oral history interview with labor, civil rights, and community leader Marc Stepp. Stepp worked at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of leadership in the UAW local. He then rose to regional and international levels, culminating in his election in 1974 as UAW International Vice President, a position he filled until his retirement in 1988. Collection consists of video and audio recordings. Stepp talks about his family...

Margaret Greenfield Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002325
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.

Mark and Helen Norton Starr Oral History

 Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 4: Sm-T, Folder: 4
Identifier: LOH002312
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.

Mary McGough Oral History

 Item
Identifier: LOH002222
Abstract In 1970, Dennis East and Donald Haynes of the Reuther Library and Jim Robinson of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers interviewed educator and labor leader Mary McGough, a founding member of the American Federation of Teachers local in St. Paul and co-organizer of the nation's first organized teachers' strike. Collection consists of an interview transcript. McGough discusses her background, career as an educator and administrator, and, especially, her labor involvement, including the St. Paul...

Maurice Kelman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP001282
Abstract Attorney Maurice Kelman taught at Wayne State University Law School and served as Special Counsel to Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Mr. Kelman’s papers, which reflect his career as an attorney and arbitrator, primarily relate his work as Special Counsel to Mayor Cavanagh.Collection includes a 1971 interview recording and transcript with Ray Girardin who served as Detroit police commissioner for five years under Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Prior to his police career he was a crime reporter....

Meta Riseman Oral History

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Identifier: LOH002333
Abstract In 1978 Patricia Painter interviewed peace activist Meta Riseman. Collection consists of interview recordings and transcript. Riseman discusses her activities with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001942
Abstract Between 2004 and 2006, the Walter P. Reuther Library, along with several Michigan labor organizations and trade unions conducted an oral history project to document the lives and working experiences of 19 skilled tradeswomen in the Metro Detroit area. Collection consists of transcripts and video recordings for 19 interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades. Interviewees discuss their backgrounds, reasons for entering the trades, apprenticeship and work experiences,...