Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 90 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,...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 6
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 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.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 1
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...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 8
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.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 3: O-Si, Folder: 1
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.
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 2: G-M, Folder: 1
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 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...
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...
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...
Item — Box Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 3
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,...
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...
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...
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. In 1981, as the Wayne State University Folklore Archive's contribution to the Great Lakes Art Alliance's Regional Folklife Project, field researcher Patricia Radecki documented the folk traditions of Southern Appalachian whites who had migrated to the metropolitan Detroit area, in part through oral history...