Mary Upshaw McClendon Papers

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Mary Upshaw McClendon was the founder and first president of the Detroit Household Workers Organization, which aimed to improve the wages and working conditions of household workers. She failed in unionizing workers, but was successful in providing services, training, and support for local household workers and was very active in community relations. McClendon also helped found the national Household Technicians of America. Her papers reflect both her personal and professional life.

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