Michael A. Gorman papers: 1920-1958
Summary Information
Title: Michael A. Gorman papers
Creator: Gorman, Michael (Michael Arthur), 1892-1958
Inclusive dates: 1920-1958
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract:
Editor of the Flint Journal. Correspondence and topical files concerning his newspaper career in Flint, the role of the Flint Journal in the development of the city, the General Motors sit-down strike of 1937, and the position of automobile industry to Flint; and photographs.
Call number: 85238 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of the Flint Journal through editorial librarian William D. Chase (donor no. 3907) and came to the library in 1977.

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The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michael A. Gorman Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Michael Gorman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1892. He began his journalism career in 1910 as a sports and general reporter for the Saginaw Courier-Herald. This association was rather brief and in 1913, Gorman became the telegram editor of the Saginaw News. During what was to become a fifteen year association with the Saginaw newspaper, Gorman rose to become city editor and finally managing editor from 1916 until 1928 when he moved to Flint.

As editor of the Flint Journal from 1928 until his death in October 1958, Gorman was witness to the development of Flint as an important center for the automobile industry. He reported on the influence of General Motors in the city's affairs, the turmoil arising out of the sit-down strike of 1937, and the city's burgeoning cultural and civic programs, i.e., the Flint Redevelopment Project, the Flint Institute of Arts, and the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Gorman papers reflect the relationship between a local newspaper and the community it served. The collection comprises two linear feet of correspondence and topical files from the period 1928 to 1958. Representing but a selection of Gorman's original files, this remnant appears to include correspondence which Gorman considered to be most important. The correspondence includes substantive material as well as letters of autograph value only.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • African Americans -- Michigan.
  • Automobile industry and trade -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949.
  • Communism.
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Flint (Mich.)
  • Flint (Mich.) -- History.
  • Flint journal.
  • Jews -- Michigan.
  • Journalists -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • American newspapers -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1956.
  • Sit-down strikes -- Michigan -- Flint.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
  • China -- History -- 1949-1976.
  • General Motors Corporation Sit-Down Strike, 1936-1937.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Celebrations.
  • Costumes.
  • Flint (Mich.)
  • Photographs.
  • General Motors Corporation.
  • Gorman, Michael A. (Michael Arthur), 1892-1958.
  • Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission.
  • General Motors Corporation.
  • Gorman, Michael A. (Michael Arthur), 1892-1958.
  • Saginaw High School (Saginaw, Mich.)
  • Allen, Fred, 1894-1956.
  • Cobo, Albert E. (Albert Eugene), 1893-1957.
  • Curtice, Harlow Herbert, 1893-1962.
  • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
  • Gerber, Daniel F., 1898-1974.
  • Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983.
  • Harmon, Tom, 1919-1990.
  • Hatcher, Harlan, 1898-1998.
  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
  • Knudsen, William S., 1879-1948.
  • Landers, Ann.
  • Montgomery, George, 1916-2000.
  • Mott, Charles Stewart, 1875-1973.
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
  • Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968.
  • Pound, Arthur, 1884-1966.
  • Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978.
  • Shore, Dinah, 1917-1994.
  • Sigler, Kim, 1894-
  • Sloan, Alfred P. (Alfred Pritchard), 1875-1966.
  • Summerfield, Arthur Ellsworth, 1899-1972.
  • Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical materials [series]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
Correspondence and Other Papers [series]
Box   1  
Undated, 1920-1958 (16 folders)
 
Topical files circa 1928-1958 [series]
Box   1  
American Society of Newspaper Editors
Box   1  
Ann Arbor Daily News 1934
Box   1  
Atwood, Edwin W. 1948-1949
Box   1  
Bridgeman, Luther H. 1953
Box   1  
Bishop, Russell S. 1943-1947
Box   1  
Chase, William D. 1948-1953
Box   1  
Chakravorti, Robi 1954
Box   1  
Childs, Richard B. 1941-1953
Box   1  
Coates, Harris 1943-1950
Box   1  
Conway, Elizabeth
Box   1  
Cook, Joyce 1940-1954
Box   1  
Cossman, Mauri
Box   1  
Cranbrook Institute of Science 1933, 1955-1957
Box   1  
Curry, Ralph 1936-1958
Box   1  
Curtice, Harlow H. 1952-1955
Box   1  
Diehm, Harold 1949
Box   1  
Dowly, Homer 1948-1954
Box   1  
"Early Bird"/organization of pioneer aviators 1935-1936, 1940
 
Flint
Box   1  
"Bank Scandal" 1929
Box   1  
Banking and Flint's Economic Rehabilitation 1932-1934
Box   1  
Centennial 1955
 
Community organizations
Box   1  
Boy Scouts 1948, 1955, 1957
Box   1  
The Clara Elizabeth Fund for maternal health 1935
Box   1  
The Clara Elizabeth Fund for maternal health Budget 1955
Box   1  
Community Fund, Inc. 1934-1937, 1940-1947
Box   1  
Community Music Association 1936-1941, 1954
Box   1  
Community Players 1941
Box   1  
Four-H-Club 1955
Box   1  
Girl Scouts 1955
Box   1  
Goodwill Industry 1957
Box   1  
Kiwanis International 1922, 1955
Box   1  
Lion's Club 1936
Box   1  
C.S. Mott Foundation 1938-1957
Box   1  
N.A.A.C.P. 1941
Box   1  
Red Cross 1942, 1953-1954
Box   1  
Relief Commission 1931-1934
Box   1  
Reserve Armory 1955-1957
Box   1  
Town Hall 1940
Box   1  
Salvation Army 1940
Box   1  
Y.M.C.A. 1940
Box   1  
Flint College and Cultural Development 1954-1957 (6 folders)
Box   2  
Flint History
Box   2  
Flint Institute of Arts (2 folders)
 
Flint Journal
 
Correspondence
Box   2  
1928, 1933-1939
Box   2  
1940-1949
Box   2  
1950-1955
Box   2  
Agency reports 1944-1947, 1958
Box   2  
Minutes of Editors Meeting 1935, 1937
Box   2  
Printed materials
Box   2  
Voting Survey 1940
 
Sponsorship of Community projects
Box   2  
Soap Box Derby 1936
Box   2  
Sports and Golden Gloves 1934-1937, 1940-1941, 1955
Box   2  
Special editions
Box   2  
Weather Bureau 1934
Box   2  
Job applications 1934-1936
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Flint Public Library 1936-1937, 1950
Box   2  
Flint River Redevelopment Project 1954, 1957
Box   2  
Gapper, Gordon S. 1953-1954
 
General Motors
Box   2  
Correspondence 1930-1955
Box   2  
Correspondence with Alfred Sloan, Jr. (2 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
 
General Motors "Sit Down Strike"
Box   2  
Correspondence 1932-1937
Box   2  
Press Releases 1937 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Newspapers 1937
Box   2  
Articles 1937
Box   2  
Printed materials
Box   2  
Flint Alliance 1937
Box   2  
Mechanics Educational Society of America 1937
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Gampetroni, Lou 1954
Box   2  
Gover, Raymond 1955
Box   2  
Grand Rapids Press 1932, 1935
Box   2  
Gundry, Ray 1954
Box   2  
Hamady, Michael and Robert 1954
Box   2  
Hart, Adam Thomas 1933-1957 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Herrick, Robert C. 1940-1951
Box   2  
Jackson City Patriot 1934-1936
Box   2  
Jenkins, Guy 1957
Box   2  
Kalamazoo Gazette 1935
Box   2  
Knisley, Bertha 1955
Box   2  
Martin, Ro 1939, 1945
Box   2  
Muskegon Chronicle 1934
Box   2  
Noble, William 1951-1952
Box   2  
Oslon, Marjorie 1951, 1953
Box   2  
Petrill, Jack 1949, 1954
Box   2  
Pound, Arthur
Box   2  
Summary of Nominations for Pulitzer Prize in Journalism 1950
Box   2  
Richard, Steve 1950
Box   2  
Roth, Steve 1942
Box   2  
St. Joseph Hospital, Nazareth 1952
Box   2  
Sanderson, Eldon 1934-1935
Box   2  
Saginaw News
Box   2  
Scott, Ro 1954
Box   2  
Scott, Walter 1941
Box   2  
Short, Perry
Box   2  
Summerfield, Arthur
Box   2  
Tomasi, Dominic 1948
Box   2  
University of Michigan
Box   2  
University Press Club
Box   2  
Weil, Louis 1934
Box   2  
Wilhelm, Allan 1954
Box   2  
Yacomb, George 1955
 
Personal [series]
Box   2  
Christmas Cards
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
Photographs
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

The researcher should note that additional Michael Gorman papers have been given to the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.

Selective Index to Correspondents
Allen, Fred, 1894-1956.
  • Jan. 17, 1952
Cobo, Albert Eugene, 1893-1957.
  • Dec. 2, 1955
Curtice, Harlow Herbert, 1893-1962.
  • Oct. 24, 1929; Oct. 28, 1953; Nov. 12, 1953; Dec. 28, 1953; and topical file folder
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward), 1902-1971.
  • Dec. 20, 1948; Nov. 10, 1950; Mar. 20, 1952; Apr. 12, 1952; July 12, 1952; July 29, 1952; Nov. 10, 1952; July 3, 1953; Nov. 19, 1953; Nov. 23, 1953; Dec. 17, 1954
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • Apr.28, 1953; May 19, 1953; Mar. 15, 1954; Aug. 25, 1954; Sept. 7, 1955; Nov. 9, 1956; Mar. 24, 1958
Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Sept. 30, 1936
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-
  • June 13, 1953; June 18, 1953; Apr. 21, 1955
Gerber, Daniel F 1898-1974.
  • Apr. 29, 1955
Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983.
  • Mar. 23, 1953; Apr. 3, 1953
Harmon, Tom, 1919-1990.
  • Nov. 13, 1946; Nov. 7, 1947; Dec. 12, 1950; Dec. 21, 1950; Dec. 5, 1955
Hatcher, Harlan Henthorne, 1898-
  • Apr. 10, 1952; June 7, 1952; June 3, 1955
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
  • Nov. 26, 1948; Apr. 29, 1950; July 6, 1955
Keller, Helen Adams, 1880-1968.
  • Dec. 18, 1940
Knudsen, William S., 1879-1948.
  • Nov. 8, 1934; June 18, 1945
Landers, Ann
  • Apr. 13, 1957; June 17, 1957; June 21, 1957; June 25, 1957
Montgomery, George, 1916-
  • Sept. 9, 1955; Sept. 15, 1955; Sept. 22, 1955
Mott, Charles Stewart, 1875-1973.
  • Sept. 8, 1920; Mar. 3, 1942; Oct. 2, 1954
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
  • Aug. 26, 1953; Sept. 29, 1953; Apr. 28, 1954; July 10, 1954; July 22, 1954; Apr. 1, 1955; Apr. 7, 1955; Sept. 2, 1955; Sept. 9, 1955; Oct. 6, 1955; Nov. 2, 1955; Mar. 25, 1957; Apr. 1, 1957
Pollock, James Kerr, 1898-.
  • Aug. 7, 1937; Aug. 14, 1937; Dec. 1, 1957
Pound, Arthur, 1884-1966.
  • In Topical File folder
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978
  • Sept. 3, 1948
Shore, Dinah, 1917-1994.
  • Feb. 4, 1956
Sigler, Kim, b. 1894
  • Nov. 17, 1948
Sloan, Alfred P. (Alfred Pritchard), 1875-1966.
  • Folders 84, 85
Summerfield, Arthur Ellsworth, 1899-1972.
  • In Topical File folder
Thomas, Lowell, 1892-
  • Dec. 15, 1955; Apr. 3, 1957
Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Feb. 4, 1937; Jan. 6, 1943; Sept. 27, 1943; May 4, 1949; May 5, 1949; May 12, 1949; Oct. 31, 1949; May 23, 1950; Mar. 14, 1952; Aug. 9, 1952; Aug. 15, 1952; Jan. 14, 1953; Dec. 24, 1957
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-
  • Apr. 29, 1953
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.
Selective Index to Subjects
African Americans--Michigan
  • Letters January 26, 1937 and undated relating to the use of the word "negress" in the Flint Journal; also letter of John Gibson, June 24, 1938, relating to the treatment of Joe Louis in the newspapers
China--History--1949-1976
  • Letter from Gene (last name unknown) relating to post-war China, October 18, 1948
General Motors Corporation
  • Letters of January 31, 1939; also correspondence with Hugh Munro, May 11, 1955, May 17, 1955, and Sept. 2, 1955; also General Motors "sit-down strike" files
Jews--Michigan
  • Letter of Rabbi Elmer Berger, February 21, 1938, concerning newspaper coverage of a Nazi speaker in Flint.
Michigan. Civil Service Study Commission
  • Letters of James K. Pollock, Aug. 7, 1937, Aug. 14, 1937, and Dec. 1, 1957
Sit-down strikes--Michigan--Flint
  • Letter of Senator Arthur Vandenberg, February 9, 1937; also General Motors "sit-down strike" files