Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 98 Collections and/or Records:
A. E. Stevenson Papers
Abstract A. E. Stevenson was a member of the Mechanics Educational Society of America (MESA), and later, the United Auto Workers (UAW), for whom he served as a delegate to the Central Labor Body, a precursor to the Cleveland Industrial Union Council (CUIC), and served on several panels of the National War Labor Board (NWLB). Mr. Stevenson’s papers primarily relate to his work with the CUIC and the NWLB.
Dates: 1891 - 1976
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / A. E. Stevenson Papers
Abraham Epstein Papers
Abstract A lecturer at Brooklyn College and New York University, Abraham Epstein was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Workers’ Education Bureau and served as Executive Secretary to the American Association of Social Security. A published author, Mr. Epstein wrote on the topics of aging, social security and workers’ education. His papers include several journal articles written by Mr. Epstein and a number of chapters of a manuscript titled “Labor and the State” (published as The Labor Movement in...
Dates: 1922 - 1931
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Abraham Epstein Papers
AFSCME Oral Histories
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,...
Dates: 1976-06-13 - 1985-09-30
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / AFSCME Oral Histories
A.G. and Marie Mezerik Papers
Abstract A. G. Mezerik and his wife, Marie Hempel Mezerik, worked for the protection of labor and civil rights through the the Conference for the Protection of Civil Rights. Mr. Mezerik was the steering committee chair and Marie Hempel was the secretary of the CPCR in the 1930s. The organization was active in the early days of the UAW, supporting strikes and demonstrations, and also involved with aid to the Spanish Republic and aid to China, as well as fighting the Black Legion. The papers include a...
Dates: 1935 - 1985; 1937 - 1938
Alan W. Mather Papers
Abstract Alan Mather was an architect in New York, Detroit, and Chicago, working for various well-known firms. His papers reflect his architectural career and his interest and activity involving unionization of architectural employees.
Dates: 1930 - 1982
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Alan W. Mather Papers
Alex Baskin Papers
Abstract Dr. Alex Baskin was a professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook; among his mainresearch interests were social history of the late 20th century, especially with regard to the 1960s and 1980s. Dr. Baskin also attended Wayne State University during the 1960s where he studied various left-wing social movements. Among his published works include The Woman Rebel and The Masses.The materials in this collection reflect a wide variety of subjects that Dr. Baskin researched and...
Dates: 1965 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1984
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Alex Baskin Papers
Ashby C. McGraw Papers
Abstract Mr. McGraw was active in the unionization of the California aircraft industry from the early 1930s to the 1960s. Correspondence, press releases, handbills, notes, proceedings, and other materials document his career as an International Association of Machinists Local Lodge president, district secretary-treasurer, business representative, and Grand Lodge representative. He also served on advisory committees to the Institutes of Industrial Relations at the University of California and UCLA. Among...
Dates: 1935 - 1965
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Ashby C. McGraw Papers
Bernard Firestone Papers
Abstract Bernard J. (Bernie) Firestone (1935-1989) served as secretary-treasurer of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU) Chicago and Central States Joint Board, and as vice-president of the Metro Detroit American Federation of Labor-Council of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The papers of Mr. Firestone reflect his work as a labor activist and his involvement in community affairs.
Dates: 1950 - 1989
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Bernard Firestone Papers
Bill Goode Papers
Abstract Bill Goode served as the United Auto Workers' Director of Education and as Director of the UAW’s Black Lake Family Education Center. His papers include declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files relating the alleged Communist affiliations of Nat Ganley, Walter Reuther, and the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists (ACTU).
Dates: 1941 - 1947
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Bill Goode Papers
Black Workers in the Labor Movement Oral Histories
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...
Blanche Rinehart Papers
Abstract This collection includes correspondence, drafts and manuscripts relating to Rinehart's biography of Samuel Gompers. Also included are interviews with Mary Anderson, Elizabeth Christman and Mary Erb.
Dates: 1949 - 1966
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Blanche Rinehart Papers
Brookwood Labor College: Mark and Helen Norton Starr Papers
Abstract With a background in teaching history and economics in England, Mark Starr moved to the U.S. and went to work for Brookwood Labor College as extension director in 1928. He became director of the Ladies Garment Workers Union Educational Department in 1934, where he served for almost 30 years, publishing pamphlets and articles on workers' education and labor history. In the 1960s, he traveled for the International Labour Office gathering information and training labor leaders in foreign...
Dates: 1917 - 1972; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1962
Brookwood Labor College Photographs
Abstract Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York, was founded in 1921 as an experimental college for labor-specific classes. It was a residential college different from traditional colleges. It only lasted until 1937 when it fell victim to the Depression. The collection documents students, faculty and other labor leaders affiliated with the school, as well as the buildings and grounds of the Brookwood Labor College. Classes, Brookwood Labor Players performances and other student activities are...
Dates: 1921 - 1937
Brookwood Labor College Records
Abstract Brookwood Labor College was a co-educational, residential workers' institution founded in 1921 in Katonah, New York. The curriculum focused on a progressive, non-factional education for workers, as the college sought to play an increasing role in the task of building a militant, intelligent, powerful labor movement. The records document the operation of the college during its sixteen years. Brookwood College closed in 1937.
Dates: 1921 - 1937
Carl Haessler Papers
Abstract Carl Haessler (1888-1972) was managing editor of the Federated Press (1922-1956), editor of "The United Auto Worker" and many local union papers, a member of the public relations staff of the United Rubber Workers, and was responsible for public relations and publicity for various groups and organizations. This collection is comprised of pamphlets, leaflets, handbills, clippings, articles, radio scripts and union newspapers collected by Haessler. Subjects include civil rights, social reform,...
Dates: 1908 - 1972; Majority of material found within 1916 - 1961
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Carl Haessler Papers
Carl Salo Oral History
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. This collection consists of the interview recording. Salo discusses Finnish participation in the labor movement, his early life in pre-World War I Finland, his experiences as an immigrant in the United States and his work in the automotive and tool-and-die industries.
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Carl Salo Oral History
Charles Orr Papers
Abstract Charles Orr was an economist who focused on labor from early on in his career, working in several capacities both in the U.S. and Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1950s he was research officer for the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and acting head of the Adult Education Section of UNESCO. In the early 1960s he taught worker education in India, Malaysia, Formosa, Hong Kong and Japan for the International Labor Office. Since 1946, Orr has taught labor...
Dates: 1912 - 1970; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Charles Orr Papers
Claude Williams Papers
Abstract Claude Williams served as a minister in various congregations and was active in the labor and civil rights movements. Mr. Williams worked closely with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU), founded the New Era Training School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the People’s Institute for Applied Religion (PIAR), served as the national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and as director of Commonwealth College.
Dates: 1929 - 1979
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Claude Williams Papers
Clayton Fountain Papers
Abstract A founding member of United Auto Workers Local 235, Clayton Fountain served as Associate Editor of the United Automobile Worker. Mr. Fountain’s papers reflect his activities in the labor movement, including the Bell Aircraft strike of 1949, and concern his writing projects, including a published autobiography, Union Guy, which recounts the early days of the UAW and its communist factions.
Dates: 1930 - 1977; Majority of material found within 1948 - 1950
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Clayton Fountain Papers
Covington Hall Papers
Abstract A Xerox copy of a draft of Hall's 238-page manuscript, Labor Struggles in the Deep South. The original of this draft is held by the Tulane University Library. In his work, Mr. Hall discusses the labor movement in New Orleans and the Louisiana-Texas area from the pre-Civil War period to the outbreak of World War 1. The role of the IWW is particularly well covered.
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Covington Hall Papers
Curt Hyans Papers
Abstract Curt Hyans, an early member of the Teamsters Union, was discharged from his job for trying to organize the truck drivers in Los Angeles in 1916. In the 1920's he worked at organizing migrant workers in California. He later served with the California State Federation of Labor until his retirement in 1967. The papers of Mr. Hyans consist of his memoirs entitled "A Few Odds and Ends and Some Trials and Tribulations of Organized Labor — Also Some Events and Happenings in Los Angeles and...
Dates: 1907 - 1957
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Curt Hyans Papers
Daniel J. Leab Papers
Abstract Daniel Leab was a historian and university professor as well as the managing editor of "Labor History." His papers contain research material for books on the American Newspaper Guild and African-Americans in motion pictures.
Dates: 1900 - 1975
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Daniel J. Leab Papers
Detroit Labor History Tours Oral Histories
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...
Dates: 1980-02-09 - 1991-07-01; Majority of material found within 1980-07-01 - 1983-04-30
Doris B. Wheeler Papers
Abstract Doris Wheeler served as the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) southwestern region Educational Director and was a charter member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 420 (St. Louis, MO). Ms. Wheeler's papers are comprised of a collection of songs associated with radical groups and the labor movement.
Dates: 1902 - 1960; Majority of material found within 1932 - 1957
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / Doris B. Wheeler Papers
E. K. Ellis Papers
Collection — Box Small Processed Collections: E-F, Box 5, Folder: 2
Abstract Stock certificate from the Federation of Labor Temple Company preserved by Mr. Ellis. Money raised by the sale of this stock was to be used in the construction of a labor temple in Detroit.
Found in: Walter P. Reuther Library / E. K. Ellis Papers