Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 131 Collections and/or Records:
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,...
Abstract Oakland University professor Dan Clark conducted interviews with 40 former auto workers about their work in the auto industry and their lives, covering the period of the 1950s. The collection consists of 44 interviews: multiple interviews exist for interviewees Bob Bowen, Tom and Carolyn Romein, and Joe Woods Jr. Recordings are available for each. Interviews with Lowell Barrager and Ruth Ann Gallagher do not have transcripts, nor does the second of the two Joe Woods Jr. interviews.
Abstract Between 1984 and 1995, labor attorney Tom Downs conducted oral history interviews with figures important to Michigan's political and labor history. Support for Downs' ongoing project was provided by the Reuther Library, the Michigan Political History Society, and others. Downs was also interviewed. Collection consists of either recordings and/or transcripts of 14 interviews. Participants discuss their backgrounds, entry into politics or the labor movement (or both), significant accomplishments...
Abstract In August 2002, Mike Smith interviewed UAW labor leader and civil rights and women's rights activist Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit. Jeffrey was the UAW’s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Women’s Bureau, Community Relations Department, and Consumer Affairs Department. Collection consists of recordings of two interviews. Jeffrey discusses her childhood in rural Iowa, family, education, entry into the workforce and the labor...
Abstract In 2000, Fred Stielow interviewed "labor priest" Monsignor George Higgins. Collection consists of an audio recording. Higgins talks about his long involvement, through his leadership in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the United Farm Workers and association with Cesar Chavez. He offers his perspectives on Chavez's legacy, the need for a thorough history of the man and the movement, and the importance of open access to relevant archival material.
Abstract While an intern at the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), Ryan Nilsen conducted oral histories with ten individuals involved in NFWM (staff, board members, organizers, supporters) across the country in connection with the NFWM Documentary Project 2011, which documented the organization's 40 years of activity under its current name and mission of supporting farm workers' organizing efforts. Recordings and transcripts are included for each. Images of some of the interviewees are also included.
Abstract Between 1970 and 1987, Walter P. Reuther Library staff undertook a project to document the early history of the American Newspaper Guild by interviewing Guild pioneers. Alan D. Cline, a retired San Franscisco reporter and past San Francisco Oakland Newspaper Guild President, contributed to the project as well. Collection consists of recordings and/or transcripts of 7 interviews. Pioneers of the American Newspaper Guild and Newspaper Guild locals discuss their backgrounds and early lives, entry...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 7
Abstract In 1994, professor of sociology Silke Roth interviewed UAW labor leader and women's and minority rights champion Olga Madar, who spearheaded the formation of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Collection consists of the interview transcript about the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Abstract In 1972, newscaster Joe Weaver and women's studies scholar Wendy Robbins interviewed Olga Madar for a Detroit television (TV-2) special report on women’s rights. Collection consists of an audio recording. Madar talks about her work on behalf of women's rights over the course of her long career in the UAW, including efforts to secure pay equity, maternity benefits, daycare, and better working conditions for both women and men; her hopes for the Equal Rights Amendment; and her own experiences...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 12
Abstract In 2001, Mike Smith interviewed labor and civil rights leader Oliver Montgomery on his lifelong advocacy for racial equality and worker rights, particularly in the steel industry. Collection consists of interview recordings and a transcript. Montgomery discusses his background, career, union activism, civil rights work, personal philosophy, and outlook on the future.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 10
Abstract In 1991, Raymond Boryczka conducted an interview with Paul Cavanagh, brother of Detroit mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Cavanagh discusses his and his brother's childhood in Detroit; Paul's work at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler; UAW involvement; and, mainly, his brother Jerome "Jerry" Cavanaugh's political growth and career. Some topics covered include Father Coughlin, race relations, religion, and the Civil Rights movement.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 10
Abstract Around or before 1977, Sidney Kelman interviewed labor organizer Paul Silver. Silver was active in the UAW, including serving as president of UAW Local 351 from 1946 to 1964 and an assignment to the International UAW staff. Collection consists of interview recording and transcript. Silver talks about his family background including his socialist upbringing and its importance to his later beliefs and actions, his organizing at Detroit Steel Products and elsewhere, founding and leadership of UAW...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 6
Abstract Percy Llewellyn, first president of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 600, for the Ford Rouge River Plant, was interviewed by Reuther archivist Dennis East in 1971. Collection consists of the interview transcript. Llewellyn covers unionizing Ford Motor Company and the history of UAW Local 600 during the 1940s and 1950s. Appended is also an earlier interview by George Heliker on unionizing and union development at Ford.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 5
Abstract In 1977, labor organizer and civil rights activist Shelton Tappes interviewed radical labor leader Philip "Phil" Raymond. Collection consists of the interview transcript on his work organizing for the United Automobile, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers of America (later renamed the Auto Workers Union or AWU) and the UAW.
Abstract In 1982 and 1984, for her 1987 dissertation, "A Case Study of Skilled Polish American Automobile Workers in Hamtramck," Patricia Pilling interviewed Polish-American auto workers from UAW Local 235, representing what was then the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts of the resulting 27 interviews. Pilling explores cultural factors among Polish-American auto workers, interviewing primarily skilled tradesmen, as well as...
Abstract In 1971, Roger Keeran interviewed seven radical auto workers and labor organizers for his book The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions. Collection consists of interview recordings with these auto workers and labor organizers on their perspectives on or involvement with communism and the radical left, and its influence on the development of the UAW. Audio quality on some recordings is poor.
Abstract In March 1974, Richard T. Frankensteen was interviewed on two occassions by interviewer, Jones. Frankensteen served as president of the Automotive Industrial Workers, UAW vice-president, and as a labor relations consultant. Collection consists of sound recordings. The March 20 interview primarily concerns Frankensteen's 1937 run, with other UAW-sponsored candidates, for positions on Detroit's Common Council (city council). The March 27 interview is mainly about Frankensteen's 1945 bid for mayor...
Abstract In August-September 2004, labor historian Mike Smith conducted a series of three interviews with former Detroit mayor Roman Gribbs. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for a series of three interviews. Gribbs discusses his background, education, and early career in law and law enforcement, including his time as sheriff of Wayne County following the 1967 civil unrest, and his time as mayor, from 1970 to 1974.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Item: 7
Abstract Ruth Milkman (1954-) is a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the academic director at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Her professional focus is labor and labor movements, and she has published on a variety of topics revolving around work and organized labor in the United States. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from the University of California, Berkley. Milkman’s early research focused on women workers during...
Abstract The SEIU District 925 Legacy Project, conducted 2005-2007, aimed through a series of oral history interviews to chronicle the organization’s 20-year history (1981-2001) and provide insight into the relationship between the women’s movement and organized labor, during a time of great social and technological change. The project gathered interviews from women, and some men, involved in the founding and growth of District 925 and its efforts, with the association 9to5, National Association of...
Abstract The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005. The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU,...
Abstract In August 2002, Sharon Woodock attended an exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library honoring her husband, Leonard Woodcock, who died the previous year. She had recordings made of the exhibit and reminiscenses by herself and other prominent attendees. Collection consists of two Hi8 videotapes. Sharon Woodcock describes photos on display and discusses her husband's life, work, and legacy, alone and in conversation with others who knew him, including Philip Mason and Doug Fraser. Primary topics of...
Abstract As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) launched its Grassroots Oral History Project, with an aim of capturing and sharing the stories, experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of SWE members over the years. Interviewees discuss their experiences and perspectives as women engineers and/or their involvement in the Society of Women Engineers. Among the interviewees are past presidents, award recipients, and members. Recordings and transcripts exist...