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Generations of auto workers: Anderson, Indiana 1930-1982

Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory

Collection Description (CRHP): Most interviewees discuss race relations in the plants, as well as civil rights protests and job discrimination, specifically with reference to African American employees.

See especially interviews with Alexander, Donald L.; Armstrong, Joe; Clark, Ron; Davis, Ted; Everitt, Raymond; Goodwin, Norman; Miller, Carroll "Bud"; Nevin, Charles; and Tierney, David L.

Collection Description (Extant): This project examines the impact of unionization on Guide Lamp and Delco Remy, two automobile plants in Anderson, Indiana, between the years of 1930 and 1982. It details the events of the 1937 sit-down strike at Guide Lamp and the various improvements in working conditions, wages, job security, and benefits that the United Auto Workers helped to influence at the two plants. The project highlights changes in policy towards women, minority groups, and retirees in the factory workplace, and it offers descriptions of the evolving roles of management and the union and changing relationships among workers in the two plants. Finally, the project details the history of the two plants within the community of Anderson at large, and it offers commentary on the then-current problems and challenges facing the automobile industry as a whole.

Access Copy Note: Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Date(s): 1982

Digital Status: no

Existing IDs: ohrc042

Extent: 28 interviews (audio cassettes, 1 7/8 ips), transcripts, and collateral materials.

Finding Aid URL: http://purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/findingaids/cshm/ohrc042 External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Donald L. Alexander, Joe Armstrong, Randy L. Bennett, George Berkebile, Loma Berkebile, Ron Clark, Ted Davis, Raymond Everitt, Norman Goodwin, James L. Hensley, Jerry L. Hodson, John E. Hodson, James Lee King, Judith Lee, Ronald L. Mahoney, Tom Matthews, Margaret A. McCurry, William M. McCurry, Carroll "Bud" Miller, Gerald E. Needler, Charles David Nevin, Beverly Pickett, George F. Poteet, Johnie L. Roberson, David L. Tierney, Joseph R. Wilson, Naomi J. Wilson, Danny Lee Wood

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

Automobile industry and trade
Discrimination in employment
Indiana--Race relations
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)
Labor movement--Indiana
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
School integration--Indiana
Strikes and lockouts
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1957

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Sound recordings

 

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