Oral History

The Oral History Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library contains individual interviews regarding American labor history and Detroit urban affairs. Conducted in the 1950s – 2000s (bulk 1970s-2000s), major topics include working women; local, state, and national politics; radical social and labor movements; education; Detroit African-American communities; and union leadership and rank-and-file experiences. Oral histories may be accessible as sound recordings, video footage, or transcripts. Bibliographic information for each oral history may be directly accessed by following this link to the Michigan Oral History Database:


The PDF (oral_histories.pdf - 145KB) attached below contains a convenient list of all oral histories housed at the Reuther Library. The list is arranged alphabetically by collection family and proper names. Click on the link below to download or browse.


* Requests for use of the transcripts shall be made by a researcher by filling out the applicable parts of the "Oral History Researcher Form”.

* Transcripts may be read in the Archives Reading Room.

* Researchers shall adhere to all stipulated restrictions on reproduction of oral histories and the Archives reserves the right to limit the amount of material that may be reproduced.

* To quote from the transcripts researchers must submit the name and address of their publisher, so that the latter may be informed of the possibility of libelous statements in the transcripts. This is a condition stipulated in the "Oral History Transcript Use Contract" and required of all users.

Attachment(click to download)
oral_histories.pdforal_histories.pdf172.41 KB