Polish funeral procession, Detroit, undated 1900s. Photograph by the Detroit News (Michigan Historical Collections topical photograph collection, Box 1) image bl004021
- Terry Ahwal personal memoir 2009
- 1 item (115 pages)
A native of Ramallah, Palestine, Terry Ahwal immigrated to Detroit, Mich., in 1972. She has worked as Executive Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Assistant Wayne County Executive, and Director of Development at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.
Memoir describing her childhood in Palestine, life and work in Detroit, and numerous visits to Palestine. Part of University of Michigan-Dearborn Immigrant Memoir Project.
Akrawi, Adil J.
- Adil J. Akrawi collection ca. 1978-1995.
- .5 linear ft.
Leader in Detroit's Chaldean and Arabic communities.
Biographical materials; copies of Al-Muntada, a periodical that Akrawi founded; photographs and videotapes.
- Ameinu Detroit records 1928-2009
- 8.5 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.
Southern Michigan branch of the Labor Zionist Organization, later renamed the Labor Zionist Alliance (1971) and Ameinu (2004).
Records of the Labor Zionist Organization and the Labor Zionist Institute. Included are minutes, topical files, correspondence, financial records, individual branch records, publications, and miscellaneous photographs, videotapes, and sound recordings.
- American Turners-Detroit records 1920s-1994 (bulk 1930s-1950s).
- 0.5 linear ft. and 2 oversize folders.
German-American social organization formerly called Detroiter Socialer Turnverein.
Brief history of organization prepared in 1994; scattered issues of news magazine, Detroit Turner Times; clippings, ephemera; and photographs.
Americanization Committee of Detroit (Mich.)
- Americanization Committee of Detroit papers 1914-1931.
- ca. 200 items
Correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports and other materials concerning the assimilation of the foreign-born residents of Detroit and the committee's educational programs on behalf of the city's immigrant population during World War I and after.
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.
- Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services records 1982-1998.
- .3 linear ft.
The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) was founded in 1971 in Dearborn, Mich., by a group of people of Arab origin. A major goal was to provide services and assistance to new immigrants, including English instruction and interpreters. A wider goal is to help establish a sense of community among Arabs and to provide a place to express traditions and pursue cultural activities.
The collection includes a history of the organization and a history of the Arab-American community in Detroit; also newsletters and information about many of the organization's activities.
Aswad, Barbara C.
- Barbara C. Aswad papers, 1962-2000 (bulk 1975-2000).
- 2 linear ft.
Professor of anthropology at Wayne State University, active in issues and organizations specific to the Arab-American population of southeastern Michigan, particularly Dearborn, Michigan.
Topical files document Arab and Arab-American culture and life. Organizational files document Aswad's involvement in such organizations as the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
- Bazzy family collection, 1926-1942.
- 2 items.
The family of Kalil Bazzy, early leader of Detroit's Shia community, who immigrated to Detroit in 1913.
Banquet program of the Progressive Arabian Hashmie Society (1942) and newspaper clipping with pictures of Kalil Bazzy leading Eid al-Fitr prayers of the United Islamic Society of Detroit (1926).
- Burmeister family papers, 1880s-ca. 1950s.
- 0.2 linear feet.
Detroit, Michigan family who had immigrated from German in 1883.
Photographs and miscellaneous documents, marriage and baptismal certificates, and clippings.
Burns, Carolyn Sinelli, 1915-
- Carolyn S. Burns papers, 1943-1968.
- 8 linear ft.
Detroit civic worker and fund-raiser.
Files relating to her work with Italian-American organizations, especially the American committee on Italian Migration, the American-Italian Business and Professional Women's Club, and the Piemontese Ladies Social Club; papers concerning her interest in U.S. immigration law and the problems of displaced persons and refugees; files relating to her Catholic faith and work for Catholic missionary organizations, notably the Friends of Sts. Peter and Paul Missionaries; and files concerning Democratic politics and her work during the 1966 senatorial campaign of G. Mennen Williams.
Cardona, Ana Luisa.
- Ana Luisa Cardona papers, 1973-2004.
- 1 linear foot and 1 oversize folder.
Member of Detroit, Michigan Latino arts organization Casa de Unidad and the Alliance for Cultural Democracy.
Files relate to her association with Casa de Unidad particularly as art consultant on grants submitted by the organization; also materials relating to Jack Delano, who was a photographer with the Farm Security Administration, including interview with Delano about his career. The collection also includes files relating to the Alliance for Cultural Democracy .
Casa de Unidad (Detroit,Mich.)
- Casa de Unidad (Detroit, Mich.) records 1980-2006
- 7 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.
Organization founded in Detroit, Mich. in 1980 as Casa de Unidad Cultural Arts and Media Center. The center devoted its resources to identifying, developing, and preserving the Hispanic/Latino cultural heritage of Southwest Detroit. The organization offered workshops in the visual, literary, and performing arts. It also held a performing arts festival, and nurtured local artists by providing exhibition space in its gallery.
Records include correspondence, board minutes, grant proposals and reports, newsletters, budgets, also sound recordings, photographs, and compact discs storing images.
Caurdy, Mary A.
- Mary A. Caurdy photograph 1957 August
- 1 item.
Co-chair of the Detroit Islamic Council.
Panoramic photograph of the attendees at the banquet of the Sixth Annual Convention of the Federation of Islamic Associations in the United States and Canada, August 2, 3 and 4, 1957 held in Detroit, Michigan.
Chaldean Federation of America.
- Chaldean Federation of America papers, 1993-2000.
- 1 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Metropolitan Detroit area-based organization of Chaldean Catholics.
Programs, newsletters, and other publications accumulated by the organization; also videotapes and artifactual miscellanea.
Delicato, Armando, collector.
- Armando Delicato collection 1950s-2007
- 0.4 linear feet.
Programs, newsletters, brochures, clippings, photographs, and other materials relating to Italian American organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area, to celebrations, and to the contributions of individual area Italian Americans.
Detroit Japanese American Citizens League.
- Detroit Japanese American Citizens League records, 1940-1995.
- 2.5 linear ft., 15 oversize volumes, and 2 oversize folders.
Detroit chapter of organization established to facilitate acceptance of Japanese Americans, to voice political concerns, and to provide social activities for their members.
The records consist of topical files, photographs, and scrapbooks. The topical files include minutes of the organization, files relating to chapter activities and events, chapter newsletters, and files documenting relationship with national office.
Dulemba, Arthur W.
- Arthur W. Dulemba scrapbook, 1953-1965.
- 1 folder (photocopies)
Resident of Detroit.
Clippings and photos relating to his activities as president of the West Side Council of Clubs, a Polish-American civic association. (Partially in Polish)
Emmanuel-Bethel United Church of Christ (Royal Oak, Mich.)
- Emmanuel-Bethel United Church of Christ records, 1880-1974.
- 7.5 linear ft.
Formed in 1974 as a result of a merger between the Emmanuel United Church of Christ (Royal Oak, Mich.), founded in 1874, and Bethel United Church of Christ (Detroit, Mich.), founded in 1912. Both churches initially served an immigrant German population. Reinhold Niebuhr was pastor of the Bethel church from 1915 to 1928.
Membership records, church council and congregation meeting minutes, records of church organizations, histories, publications, and photographs. The bulk of the records are from Bethel Evangelical and Reformed Church.
Faith Presbyterian Church (Saint Clair Shores, Mich.)
- Faith Presbyterian Church (Saint Clair Shores, Mich.) records, 1914-1980, bulk 1914-1942.
- 1 linear foot.
The church was established in 1914 as the First Italian Presbyterian Church of Detroit. The name was changed to Faith Presbyterian Church in 1942. The church moved to Saint Clair Shores in 1956.
Church record books containing session meeting minutes, also registry of baptisms, communicants, marriages, and deaths; scattered annual reports and bulletins; and correspondence, research material, and other documents collected by Vittorio Re in preparation of his history of the church.
Gajec, Edward, 1918-
- Edward Gajec papers, 1935-1995.
- 2.5 linear ft.
Detroit musician and music educator, also a promoter of ethnic festivals.
The collection consists of correspondence, brochures, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting the ethnic communities of Detroit especially focusing on established ethnic organizations and festivals.
German Protestant Home for Orphans and Old People (Detroit, Mich.)
- German Protestant Home for Orphans and Old People records, 1879-1919.
- 0.2 linear ft. (Photocopies)
Now part of Evangelical Homes of Michigan of Detroit and Saline.
Translation of minutes, 1879-1895 and 1905; and translation of twenty-fifth anniversary brochure, 1919.
Gorski, J. William (James William), 1929-
- J. William Gorski research collection ca. 2012.
- 1 linear foot.
Macomb, Mich., researcher and collector of Polish American historical and genealogical materials.
Historical and genealogical files: "Polish and Polish American military," including material on Polish Americans in the U.S. military and Polish Army veterans in the United States. "Detroit's Eastside Dom Polski," including photocopy of Polish business directory for Detroit, Mich., with translations and added biographical information, also biographical information on Dom Polski members. The collection includes numerous digitized files on CDs.
- Haass family papers, [ca. 1898]-[ca. 1941].
- 0.2 linear ft.
Papers, 1898, of Charles W. F. Haass, Lutheran clergyman, including church program, and notes and prayer in German; scrapbooks, 1913-1931, of Julius H. Haass, Detroit banker, containing obituary notices of family members; and papers, 1936-1941, of Walter F. Haass concerning banking in Detroit, and the career of his father, Charles Haass. (Charles W. F. Haass materials largely in German)
Hassen, Aliya, 1910-1990.
- Aliya Hassen papers, 1910-1991.
- 1.5 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Arab-American community leader in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan.
Articles, manuscripts and poems on Islamic topics; topical files, 1948-1991, relating to Arab community affairs, including files concerning the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, 1986-1991 and the Federation of Islamic Associations of the U.S. and Canada; also correspondence and articles of Malcolm X; and photographs.
Immanuel United Church of Christ (Detroit, Mich.)
- Immanuel United Church of Christ records, 1894 and 1912-1995 (bulk 1942-1978)
- 6 linear ft. and 1 oversize motion picture.
Church established by German immigrant workers to Detroit. The congregation was formerly associated with the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
Series in the record group include Administrative files, Registers of Services, Historical Materials, records of Church Organizations, Yearly Files, Publications, and Visual Materials.
Isaacs, Bernard, 1882-1975.
- Bernard Isaacs papers, 1919-1981.
- 1.3 linear ft.
Educator and administrator with the United Hebrew Schools of Detroit; writer of short stories, essays, and musical plays.
Writings; published works; scattered correspondence relating in part to Detroit Zionism, 1919-1921; miscellaneous relating to the United Hebrew Schools of Detroit; and scores and program to musical plays written by Isaacs, entitled, "Samson and Delilah" and "Saul and David."
Jabara, Abdeen, 1940-
- Abdeen M. Jabara papers, 1956-1986 (bulk 1968-1983).
- 9 linear ft.
New York attorney originally based in Detroit. Jabara was concerned with issues of civil rights of Arab Americans and the rights of Arabs living or traveling in the United States. He challenged practice of law enforcement agencies to collect information and maintain surveillance of Arabs and Arab Americans. Jabara was involved in the murder trial of Sirhan Sirhan and the extradition case of Ziad Abu Eain.
Litigation and case files; subject files regarding his Arab American activism, organizational involvements, and participation in the Middle East delegation of the National Lawyers Guild.
Jenny Lind Club of Detroit.
- Jennie Lind Club of Detroit records, 1937-1988.
- 1 linear ft.
Swedish American women's organization.
Correspondence; minutes of meetings; and yearbooks containing annual reports.
- James Lagos papers 1930s-1990s
- .1 linear ft.
Also known as Adamantios Lagopoulos. Resident of Warren, Mich., who published the newspapers Ethnikon Vima (Detroit Greek Tribune) and To Vima (National Greek Tribune), in Detroit, Mich.
Scattered writings by and about Lagos, and videotape.
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development.
- Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development records, 1969-1997.
- 1 linear ft.
Social service organization (known as LA SED) serving the Latino community of Detroit, particularly the heavily Latino neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit. The organization was founded in 1969 through the cooperative efforts of community leaders, union officials, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.
The records consist of materials accumulated by Lucy Gajec, a member of the board of directors. The records, primarily official documents rather than personal correspondence, are divided into four series. The Chronological (1969-1997) series contains correspondence, memos, event publicity, legal and financial documents, and clippings concerning LA SED. The Topical Files (1971-1974) contain correspondence, memos, and printed material concerning a variety of subjects relevant to the activities and operation of LA SED. The Publications series contains one folder of miscellaneous pamphlets and programs about LA SED, and one folder of programs from the organization's Annual Recognition Luncheons (1969-1997).
Markstrum, John A., 1889-1980.
- John A. Markstrum papers, 1962-1967.
- 50 items.
Member of the Swedish Engineers' Society of Detroit.
History and printed material relating to the society and the Ladies Auxiliary of the society; also photographs.
Martin, Edward, collector.
- Edward Martin collection 1852-2004
- 11 linear feet (in 16 boxes) and 3 oversize volumes.
Collector of materials documenting Michigan activities and organizations, especially Polish Americans in Detroit.
The Edward Martin collection consists of records of the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners, the Polish Army Veterans Association, and the Polish Sea League. The collection also includes photographs from various Polish photography studios in Detroit and Michigan, topical photographs, Polish printed materials, scrapbooks; papers of Waclaw S. Jakubowski including collected clippings about Poletown in Detroit, Michigan; and records of Clio, Michigan pharmacy and VFW post.
Muñoz, Cynthia L.
- A long road to the beginning : a causpanic metamorphosis : memoir 2011
- 1 item (58 p.)
Cynthia Muñoz was born in Detroit, Mich., "half Mexican/Spanish and half Polish/Hungarian."
Memoir describing her childhood and youth in Detroit, her father's family life in Texas and mother's family in Detroit, lives of other family members, her drug use and rehabilitation.
Pacosz, Christina V.
- Christina V. Pacosz diaries and publications 1970-2008, bulk 1980-2004
- 6 linear feet.
Polish-American poet, born and educated in Detroit, Michigan.
The collection consists primarily of personal diaries and copies of her published work, including serial publications and anthologies containing her poetry. The diaries are detailed glimpses into her thoughts, her life as a poet, her teaching, travels, and daily activities.
Palazzolo, Laurie, collector.
- Laurie Palazzolo Horn Man research materials collection, 1913-2004, bulk 1940s-1980s.
- 10 linear feet [in 13 boxes] and 1 oversize folder.
Palazzolo is a founding member of the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society and a past officer on the board of directors of the Friends of Polish Arts. She is also president, executive producer of Hornman Detroit, and member of various Polish American cultural and historical organizations. Palazzolo currently serves as the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society's Vice President and Executive Director/Secretary.
Collection contains research materials collected and used by Palazzolo for her 2003 book "Horn Man: the Polish-American musician in the twentieth-century Detroit," and includes transcripts of interviews, copies of photographs, performance schedules, business contracts, sheet music, and biographical information, as well as directories, by-laws, and constitution of the Detroit Federation of Musicians; also promotional materials, posters, and signs.
- Julio Perazza visual materials 1970s and 1984-1986
- 0.2 linear feet.
Detroit, Mich. Latino photographer and teacher.
The Julio Perazza collection consists of photograph negatives taken during the period of 1984-1986. The images relate mainly to the Hispanic community of Detroit, particularly of activities at Casa de Unidad. These include photographs of various classes (dance, photography, etc.) and social events sponsored by this Hispanic organization. The collection also includes a motion picture created by Latino students at the University of Michigan in the early 1970s intended as a recruiting tool to encourage individuals to apply for admission.
Polish Activities League (Detroit, Mich.)
- Polish Activities League records, 1923-1974.
- 6 linear ft., 4 oversize volumes, and 1 reel of microfilm.
Detroit social service organization established to aid the Detroit Polish community.
Scrapbooks, printed histories, scattered correspondence, photographs, and minute book, 1949-1954. (Partially in Polish)
- Vittorio Re papers, 1921-2005.
- 3 linear feet.
Chief Chancellor of the Italian Consulate in Detroit, author and lecturer on the history and experiences of the Italian-American community in Michigan, especially Detroit.
Personal and professional correspondence; papers and speeches made as Chief Chancellor of the Italian Consulate; notes and research material relating to the history of Italians in Michigan; collected materials relating to Italian American organizations, events and celebrations, and the people and issues of importance to the Italian community; and miscellaneous photographs.
Schmidt, Carl Ernest, 1856-1934.
- Carl Ernest Schmidt scrapbooks, 1892-1935.
- 16 volumes.
Detroit German-American businessman.
Newspaper clippings, printed articles, photographs, ink drawings, and handwritten sections concerning his role on the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, 1892-1894, the State Board of Arbitration and Mediation, 1897-1898, and the State Forest Inquiry Commission, 1907-1908.
- Noreen Smialek-Sinclair papers 1955-2010, bulk 1958-1974
- 0.5 linear feet (in 1 box).
Noreen Smialek-Sinclair was a Detroit, Mich., Polish American violinist and promoter of Polish classical music. She served for many years as music chairwoman of the Friends of Polish Art of Detroit, performed locally and internationally, and taught on the faculty of the Detroit Conservatory of Music.
Scrapbook containing articles, newspaper clippings, concert programs and announcements, and photographs depicting performances and portraits. Also loose articles and newspaper clippings, and concert announcements.
St. Peter's Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Detroit, Mich.)
- St. Peter's Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church records, 1880-1980.
- 5 linear ft.
Histories, minutes of meetings, treasurer's reports and minutes; records of youth and women's organizations; and yearbooks and church newspaper. (Partially in Danish)
Finding aid in the library.
Stanczyk, Benjamin C. (Benjamin Conrad), 1915-
- Benjamin C. Stanczyk papers, 1944-1975.
- 3 linear ft. and 12 oversize volumes.
Detroit Judge of Common Pleas.
Correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, and miscellanea largely relating to Democratic Party Affairs, Polish-American activities and organizations, and legal and political interests.
- Antoinette Stanis records, 1936-1971.
- 1 linear ft.
Records collected by Antoinette Stanis of Dearborn, Michigan, related to her civic, social and political activities in the Polish-American community in Detroit.
Minutes and treasurer's books of the Polish-American Women's Political Club; constitution and amendments of the West Side Council of Clubs (Democratic). (The Polish American Women's Political Club materials are in Polish.)
Swedish Athletic Club (Detroit, Mich.)
- Swedish Athletic Club records, 1923-1929.
- 1 volume.
Minutes of meetings. (In Swedish)
Wachtel, Stanley Zenon, 1887-1959.
- Stanley Zenon Wachtel papers ca. 1938-ca. 1944
- 1 folder.
Polish language radio broadcaster in Detroit, Michigan. Also known as Stanislaw Wachtel.
Essay by Estelle P. Wachtel-Torres on Polish radio broadcasting in pre-World War II Detroit (2011); biographical information; photographs; and miscellaneous clippings and a letter.
Wagner, Hipolit C.
- Hipolit C. Wagner papers 1912-2010
- 0.3 linear feet.
Polish immigrant to the United States in 1913. He returned to Poland in 1919 to serve in the Polish Army. He returned to Detroit in 1921, and eventually came to own a grocery store in Hamtramck, Michigan. Wagner was born in 1894 and died in 1960.
Diary, 1912-1919, describing his immigration to the United States and return to Poland. Early portions of the diary were transcribed from another volume. The diary has been translated and transcribed by Wagner's son Arthur A. Wagner into a volume entitled "My Journey in the World." The collection also includes a ledger-journal, 1940s-1957, with accounts of his grocery store, but also containing records of relief parcels sent to European relatives after World War II.
- Anthony Wojsowski papers, 1921-1978, bulk 1920s-1930s, and 1950s.
- 0.6 linear feet, 1 oversize volume, and 1 oversize folder.
Socialist Party candidate for Congress from the 1st Michigan District in 1948, and General Secretary of Polish-American Labor Council. He was actively involved with the Polish Mechanics Company, Inc., Michigan and Midwest chapters of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, and other Michigan Polish and political organizations.
Correspondence, calendars of events, meeting announcements, addresses, financial documentation, as well as texts of essays and articles on historical and political subjects, newsletters and other printed material of the Polish-American Labor Council, the Polish People's University (Polski Uniwersytet Ludowy), Michigan, Midwest, and out of state chapters of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born. Also by-laws, correspondence, financials, and legal documentation, as well as lists of names of stockholders of the Polish Mechanics Company, Inc., and Wojsowski's personal files relating to his U.S. legal status and travel abroad. Also included are George G. Sadowski 78th U.S. Congress election campaign materials.
- Harriet Wojtowicz papers 1915-2000, bulk 1938-1988
- 1 linear foot.
Teacher of Spanish in the Detroit Public School System.
Correspondence with friends and colleagues in various countries that she visited; correspondence with Encarnación Alzona and Enid Starkie; memorabilia from her foreign travels; and miscellaneous regarding her life in Detroit, her teaching career, including controversy over her refusal to use a board-mandated Spanish textbook.
Workmen's Circle (U.S.). Michigan District Committee.
- Workmen's Circle (U.S.), Michigan District Committee papers, 1943-1962.
- 3 linear ft.
Jewish cooperative burial society and social welfare organization.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, minute books, and newsletters and related publications.
Maltese immigrants at Americanization meeting at the home of Frank Agius, Detroit, May 1920 (YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit records, Box 6) image bl004022