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Michigan Organization for Human Rights Records, 1973-1994

13 linear feet (in 14 boxes) — 1 oversize folder — 232.4 GB (online)

A coalition of state and local human rights organizations, served as resource, lobbying and educational agent for organizations and individuals engaged in struggle to eliminate all forms of discrimination, gay and lesbian rights became an early focus of MOHR. Records document founding and administration of the organization and numerous, legislative lobbying efforts and other activities.

The records of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights, measuring 10 linear feet, were donated to the library by M.O.H.R. in four accessions: May 1983, February and September 1994, and September 1998. The audio materials span the time period 1973 to 1980, while the manuscript materials cover the period from 1977 through the disbanding of the organization in Spring, 1994. The records are arranged in eight series: Administrative, Correspondence, Topical, Clippings, the Robert Lundy Papers (two series), Visual Materials, and Audio Materials. The series provide documentation of the founding, growth, and topical interests of a grassroots political and social organization, including the stresses involving fundraising and personality conflicts that occurred as M.O.H.R. experienced rapid growth during the late-1970s and early-1980s.

The two Robert Lundy series (1970-1995, 4 linear feet) were donated to the library in several accessions over a period of years. There is some overlap as each series contains files on legislation, files relating to his work with M.O.H.R., and topical files on issues organizations and events with which he was active in his capacity as M.O.H.R.'s legislation officer.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Detroit, Mich.) records, 1986-1996

0.8 linear feet

Detroit chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (also called PFLAG) established in 1986 by Bill and Harriet Dart as an informational support group. Records of organization include minutes, financial reports, newsletters, photographs, video cassette recordings, correspondence, promotional materials, clippings, and photographs.

Records of organization include minutes, financial reports, newsletters, photographs, video cassette recordings, correspondence, promotional materials, clippings, and photographs.

Photographs of organizational functions; photo of 1988 PRIDE parade in Detroit and of 1992 rally at the Capitol in Lansing; also videocassette, 1989, produced by the organization, entitled, "Listening, Learning, Loving" and videocassette, ca. 1989, of television programs featuring the organization.


Shirley Wohlfield Papers, 1972-1988

1 linear foot — 1 oversize volume

Detroit, Michigan, anti-busing activist. Correspondence, speeches, minutes of meetings, and other materials relating to her involvement with anti-busing organizations, principally Northeast Mothers Alert, Mothers Alert Detroit, and the National Association for Neighborhood Schools; also files detailing involvement with Happiness of Women (HOW) and the 14th Congressional District Republican Committee; and scrapbook containing clippings and photographs relating to anti-busing rallies and activities.

The collection provides a telling insight into Detroit's school desegregation by forced busing. Wohlfield's committed personal involvement offers an important perspective into the antibusing movement. Her responsibilities as executive secretary and president of Mothers Alert Detroit are well documented in the minutes, correspondence, and notes in the collection. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Northeast Mothers Alert; Mothers Alert Detroit; Republican Party 14th Congressional District Committee; and Other Organizational Activities.