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Phoenix [videorecording]
[Dearborn, Mich. : University of Michigan--Dearborn, Campus Media Services, c2003]
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD9710.U52 P46 2003  v.1    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD9710.U52 P46 2003  v.2    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD9710.U52 P46 2003  v.3    AVAILABLE
Subject Avis, Doris -- Interviews
Bidwell, Marie -- Interviews
Ciccirelli, Josephine -- Interviews
Richards, Doris, Ford Motor Company employee -- Interviews
Schomaker, Althea -- Interviews
Goebel, Helen -- Interviews
Melton, Eldora -- Interviews
Orwin, Ruth -- Interviews
Carey, Evelyn -- Interviews
Hudson, June, Ford Motor Company employee -- Interviews
Minehart, Merle Fisher -- Interviews
Subject(s) Women automobile industry workers -- Michigan -- Plymouth (Township)
Automobile industry workers -- Michigan -- Plymouth (Township)
Subject Plymouth (Mich. : Township) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Plymouth (Mich.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Ford Motor Company -- Interviews
Physical Description 3 videodiscs (ca. 291 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD
Contents [v. 1.] ( Interviewees; -- Doris Avis -- Marie Bidwell -- Josephine Ciccirelli -- Doris Richards -- Althea Schomaker (144 min.) -- [v. 2.] Interviewees; -- Helen Goebel -- Eldora Melton -- Ruth Orwin (79 min.) -- [v. 3.] Interviewees; -- Evelyn Carey -- June Hudson -- Merle Fisher Minehart (68 min.)
Note Title from disc labels
"Close angle" on disc label for v.1 & 3; "Studio switched" on disc label for v.2
Recorded on January 22, 2003 [v.1], January 23, 2003 [v.2] and February 21, 2003 [v.3]
Performer/Participant Interviewer: Kae Halonen
Summary All the women interviewees worked at the Ford Motor Company Phoenix Mill plant in Plymouth Township, Michigan and were interviewed by Kae Halonen as part of the Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage's MotorCities Memories Oral History Project. Regulators were made at the plant and sent out to other Ford plants. The "Phoenix" plant, as it was called by the women, employed mostly women since all production line employees at the Phoenix plant were women and there were only a handful of men doing other jobs. Before World War II, all women had to be either single or widowed. The women talk about conditions at the plant including how women had to give up their jobs once they married, having a woman supervisor, their experiences on the line, how plant life changed due to the war effort and unionization. Most women worked between the years of 1936 and 1946, a few continued to work for "Ford's" after the Phoenix plant was closed down, transferring to other Ford plants. The women continue their stories, some working for Ford until retirement, some leaving the plant to have families or to do other work
Series MotorCities memories oral history project
Alternate Author Avis, Doris
Bidwell, Marie
Ciccirelli, Josephine
Richards, Doris, Ford Motor Company employee
Schomaker, Althea
Goebel, Helen
Melton, Eldora
Orwin, Ruth
Carey, Evelyn
Hudson, June, Ford Motor Company employee
Minehart, Merle Fisher
Halonen, Kae
University of Michigan--Dearborn. Campus Media Services
University of Michigan--Dearborn. Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage

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