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Title Mildred Jeffrey Oral History 2002-08-08

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 Reuther Library Audiovisual  LOH002295    LIB USE ONLY
Description 4 items
Note Material entirely in English.
Summary In August 2008, 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 UAẂ⁰₉s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Womeń⁰₉s 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 movement, her long career with the UAW, political activism for civil rights and women's rights, activities with the Democratic Party, and community involvement in Detroit.
Note Processing Information: Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on June 30, 2016.
Access Collection is open for research.
Note Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law. Permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns.
Cite As: "Mildred Jeffrey Oral History, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University"
Note Mildred Jeffrey Papers, UAW Community Relations: Mildred Jeffrey Records
In August 2008, 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 UAẂ⁰₉s first female department head and directed, in succession, the Womeń⁰₉s Bureau, Community Relations Department, and Consumer Affairs Department.
Summary Collection consists of recordings of two interviews. Jeffrey discusses her childhood in rural Iowa, family, education, entry into the workforce and the labor movement, her long career with the UAW, political activism for civil rights and women's rights, activities with the Democratic Party, and community involvement in Detroit. The interviews can be divided approximately as follows: childhood and family life (tape 1); childhood, social life in rural Iowa, move to Minnesota, education, beginning of working life, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America New Orleans strike in 1939 (tape 2); worker conditions in the 1930s, the 1937 Louisville women garment workers sitdown strike, impressions of World War Two starting in Europe, her and her husband's move to Detroit, association with the Reuthers, impressions of first day working for the UAW, heading up the Women's Bureau of the Fair Practices Department (tape 5); work as head of the Women's Bureau, outreach to "Rosie the Riveters," child care and other issues affecting women workers, recruitment of women to union committees and leadership positions, union counseling program, work and friendships with other women leaders such as Olga Madar, life in the 1940s and into the 1950s, lifelong commitment to civil rights, political activities for the Democratic Party, local community and political involvement including Save Our Schools/Serve Our Schools school board reform efforts (tape 6).
Subject International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
Women labor leaders
Women in the labor movement
Sex discrimination
World War, 1939-1945
Civil rights movement
Women's rights
Detroit (Mich.)
Automobile industry workers
Genre Oral histories
Video recordings
Added Author Jeffrey, Mildred, 1911-2004 Interviewee.
Added Title Walter P. Reuther Library Oral History Collection
OCLC # 954000311
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