William Lucas Papers: 1965-1986 (bulk 1975-1986)
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Personal [series]

Personal (0.5 linear feet, 1968-1993) includes materials about Ross from throughout his career, documented with newspaper articles and photographs. The majority of the series is composed of notes and articles Ross wrote on a variety of subjects, including education, politics and economics.

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Correspondence 1972-1975
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Michiganians of the Year Award 1989
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Newspaper Clippings 1986-1993
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Photographs

(includes formal and informal portraits, swearing in ceremony, bill-signing ceremony with Governor William Milliken, and speaking engagements)

 
Writings
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"Congressmen and pollution: the gentlemen's agreement," with Harold Wolman 1970
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Federal Aid to Education Series 1971

(three papers on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

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Industrial Democracy, untitled analysis undated
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"Looking Forward to 1972," (for ZPG National Reporter) 1971
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"Making Politicians into Demographers and vice versa," undated
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New Politics, articles and speeches 1988-1990
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Robert F. Kennedy: Apostle of Change 1968

(includes introduction to the book, press release, and royalty statements)

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Speech Notes undated
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Student Notes, ca. 1971-1972
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Student Papers 1970-1977
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"War, Politics and the 1968 Election," circa 1968 1968
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"What's Working in Michigan?" book deal 1993
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WXYZ-TV Scripts for Economics Program undated
 
Schedule [series]

Schedule (1.0 linear feet, 1968-2002) provides a record of Ross' meetings and activities throughout his career. The series is composed of appointment books and task lists. The years 1968 to 1985 are covered through appointment books, listing who he was meeting and the topic of discussion but with little detail. The task lists cover 1999-2002. They are lists of meetings, tasks, and goals to be accomplished for that day, week, or month. They have a little more detail than the appointment books. Most entries pertain to Ross founding and running the University Preparatory Academy, a charter school, but also include tasks related to teaching at the University of Michigan and paying off his debt from the gubernatorial race.

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1968, 1973-1975 (4 volumes)
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1978-1982 (12 volumes)
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1999 (4 folders)
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2000 (4 folders)
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2001-February 2002 (4 folders)
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March-October 2002 (3 folders)
 
Political Involvement 1960s, 1970s [series]

Political Involvement 1960's and 1970's (0.5 linear feet, 1967-1972) contains materials related to Ross' early involvement in politics. It includes papers related to his work for various politicians and political groups. He founded the Michigan Citizens Lobby, which worked to get laws passed to benefit citizens, and served as executive director of Common Cause.

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Volunteer Placement Corps 1967-1968
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Legislative Aide to Senator Joseph Tydings (D-MD) 1969-1970 (2 folders)
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Speechwriter for U.N. Ambassador Sol Linowitz
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Kelley campaign 1972
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Michigan Citizens Lobby
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Common Cause
 
Michigan State Senate [series]

Michigan State Senate (1 linear foot, 1977-1982) documents Doug Ross' term in the Michigan State Senate. There are substantive files on a recall campaign against him, the Independent Business Research Institute in Michigan, the Democratic Citizens Caucus, Royal Oak Township services, and two Russian families whose emigration Ross assisted. There are also campaign financial records, news releases, newsletters, bills, clippings, and constituent mail .

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Biographical
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Advisory committees
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Bills introduced by Ross 1979-1981 (2 folders)
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Book 1979-1980

(proposed book by Ross and Morley Winograd on a strategy for reviving the Democratic party)

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Clippings-News Articles
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Correspondence 1981-1982
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Democratic Citizens Caucus 1979-1981

(Ross co-chair with Representative Debbie Stabenow)

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Expenses 1979-1981 (3 folders)
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Financial Disclosure 1977-1979
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Independent Business Research Institute in Michigan 1980-1982

(Ross served on board of directors)

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Individual Contributor Records 1978
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Lobbyists: list of registered legislative agents 1982
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Miscellaneous
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News releases 1979-1982 (3 folders)
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Newsletters 1979-1981
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Personal 1979-1982
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Recall File 1981
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Rifkin family 1979

(Ross' efforts on behalf of Russian family seeking to emigrate)

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"The Ross Report," 1980-1982

(scripts and notes from weekly public affairs interview show for WCAR radio)

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Ross-Tisch Debate on Proposal D 1980 (two audio cassettes)
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Royal Oak Township 1982

(fire and police protection)

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Speeches/Articles by Douglas Ross undated
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Stolar family 1982

(Ross' efforts on behalf of Russian family seeking to emigrate)

 
United States Congress Campaign [series]

United States Congress Campaign (0.2 linear feet, 1977-1982) includes papers related to Ross' unsuccessful campaign for United States Congress in 1982. The series is composed of newspaper articles, correspondence, and campaign advertisement materials.

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Clippings 1977-1982 (2 folders)
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Correspondence 1982
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Correspondence after Losing Race 1982
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Financing the Campaign 1982
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Publicity Materials 1982
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Publicity Materials, "Contract with Constituents," 1982
 
Michigan Department of Commerce [series]

Michigan Department of Commerce (0.2 linear feet, 1983-1993) documents Ross' service as Director of Commerce under the Blanchard Administration from 1984 to 1989. He worked to change Michigan's image to make the state more attractive for investment by corporations at a time when Michigan's economy was struggling and reorganized the Commerce Department. The papers include documents on economic strategy for Michigan and newspaper articles and correspondence as people react to his resignation.

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Articles 1989-1993
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Correspondence 1975-1989

(majority are regarding his resignation)

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Economic Development, notes and research 1983-1984
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Michigan Economic Strategy, article and speech by Ross undated
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"The Michigan Strategy: Building the Future," report to Legislature 1988-1989
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"The Path to Prosperity," findings of the Task Force for a Long Term Economic Strategy for Michigan 1984
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Photographs
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Resignation 1989 (2 folders)
 
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) [series]

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) (0.2 linear feet, 1989-1999) contains papers from when Ross was president of the corporation, an economic consulting group located in Washington, D.C. The papers include publications by the group, information on the staff, and articles on the theory of "Third Wave Economics."

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"Ideas in Development" Conference 1999
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Memoranda 1989-1992 (2 folders)
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Publications 1990-1998, undated (3 folders)
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Staff Directory 1999
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Third Wave Economics 1990
 
Political Involvement 1990s [series]

Political Involvement 1990's (0.2 linear feet, 1992-1998) includes papers from Ross' involvement with three political organizations: the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), Michigan Future, and the Progressive Foundation. Ross founded Michigan Future in 1991 and served as the president. It is a bipartisan group of business and community leaders, working to instigate a change and revitalization in Michigan's economy.

 
Democrat Leadership Council (DLC)
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Memos to Bill Clinton 1992-1993 (2 folders)
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Publications 1992
 
Michigan Future
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Bill Clinton 1992
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Bill Clinton, Economic Summit and Offering Ross a Position 1992
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Reports 1992-1998
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Shelter Development Corp. (SCA) Consulting Project 1991
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Progressive Foundation 1993-1995
 
University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Policy [series]

The University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Policy series (0.25 linear feet, 1991-2000) is comprised of papers relating to several classes Ross taught as a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Public Policy, starting in 1991. The papers include syllabi, class notes, and student evaluations. Ross taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on government, economic development, and education reform.

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Appointment as Lecturer 1991, 1995
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Correspondence regarding building a reading list 1995-1999
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Freshman Undergraduate Seminar, Why Government Doesn't Work Anymore and What You Can Do About It
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SPP 691, Education Reform: Designing Schools that Work
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SPP 694, Economic Development at the State, Local, and Community Level (2 folders)
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SPP 698, Practical Politics: Making a Difference in the Public Arena
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Student Evaluations of the Classes 1995-2000 (2 folders)
 
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) [series]

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) series (2 linear feet, 1993-1995) includes materials from Ross' position as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration during the Clinton Administration. The papers document his activities as well as those of the ETA. During his tenure, the ETA underwent a structural re-organization. They also worked on the Workforce Security Act of 1994 and focused on creating better programs for training workers to lower unemployment. His personal involvement in the organization is best documented in the "Ross, Douglas" subseries, and includes speeches, articles about him, and papers related to welcoming him and bidding him farewell from the department.

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ETA Discretionary Funds 1993
 
ETA Organizational Structure
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ETA Reinvention 1993-1994 (3 folders)
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Organizational Charts 1994-1994
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Organizational Development 1993
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Streamlining Plan 1994
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Labor Programs 1993-1994 (2 folders)
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Memos from Robert Reich, Labor Secretary 1993-1994
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Memos from Douglas Ross 1993-1994
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NAFTA 1993-1994
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Presidential Partners 1993
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Press Clippings 1993-1995 (2 folders)
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Re-employment Act 1994

(testimony to legislature)

 
Ross, Douglas
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Appointment Book 1995
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Confirmation for Assistant Secretary-Employment and Training Post 1993 (2 folders)
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Farewell Reception, Correspondence 1995
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Farewell Reception Photographs 1995
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Financial Disclosure Reports 1992-1995
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"Ideas" undated

(list of goals for DOL)

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Newspaper Articles 1993-1995
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Performance Agreement between Ross and Reich 1994
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Photographs undated
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Speech Files 1993-1995 (4 folders)
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Thank You Correspondence to Ross 1993-1995
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Strategy Reports 1994, undated
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Unions 1994-1995 (2 folders)
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Work, Achievement, Values and Education (WAVE) Program, Discontinuing Non-Competitive Grant 1994
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Welfare 1992-1994
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Workforce Initiative Strategy and One-Stop Career Centers 1993 (2 folders)
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The Workforce Security Act of 1994 the Boiler Room Team at ETA, 1993 1993-1994 (3 folders)
 
Michigan Governor Campaign [series]

The Michigan Governor Campaign (0.5 linear feet, 1996-1998) documents Ross' campaign for Michigan Governor, which he lost in the Democratic Primaries in 1998 to Geoffrey Fieger. Most of the papers pertain to fundraising and publicity, as well as his campaign strategy. The 3.5 floppy disk contains a 49 page Campaign Plan, as well as several shorter documents on his campaign, which are in Microsoft Word 6.0.

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Campaign Strategy 1997 (2 folders, 1 floppy disks (3.5"))
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Correspondence after losing the primary 1998
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Fundraising January 1997-July 1998 (3 folders)
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HOPE Proposal 1998
 
Publicity
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Clippings 1996-1998
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Flyers 1998
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Photographs

(publicity tour and Ross with ministers)

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Photographs

(speeches and meeting people)

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Ross Record Analysis, potential attacks and responses 1997
 
University Preparatory Academy [series]

The University Preparatory Academy series (0.5 linear feet, 1998-1999) contains the materials gathered by Ross in preparation for founding a charter school in Detroit, MI. The majority of the papers are research materials he gathered while planning the school. Also included are floor plans for the school and documents defining the purpose and organization of the school. He founded the school in 2000 to provide better education for urban youth. It consists of a middle and a high school.

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Architectural Drawings, concepts for floor plan April 2000
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Career Prep Program undated
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Education Notes undated
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Leona Group 1999

(charter school management company)

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Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) 1999
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Research and Visiting Charter Schools 1999 (2 folders)
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Visiting Charter Schools: Henry Ford Academy 1998-1999
 
Videotapes [series]

(VHS tapes unless otherwise noted)

Videotapes (38 tapes, 1980-1998) includes tapes from throughout Ross' career. The tapes include speeches by Ross, Ross' work for WXYZ-TV Detroit as an economic and political analyst, and news coverage on the Michigan Gubernatorial race. They document Ross as Director of Commerce, President of CFED, Assistant Secretary of Labor, and running for Michigan Governor. The tapes are arranged in chronological order.

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Archive Reel WXYZ-TV Detroit 7 Action News April 11, 1983

(tape no. 1)

(U-matic tape)
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WXYZ-TV-7 spots undated

(tape no. 2)

(U-matic tape)
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Rural Economic Development Speech undated

(tape no. 3)

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7 Steps to Success For Regional Economies Speech undated

(tape no. 4)

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Speech on education and the HOPE scholarship undated

(tape no. 5)

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Economic Analyst for WXYZ-TV Detroit 1983-1984

(tape no. 6)

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Interviewed as Michigan Director of Commerce Newsmaker 1984-1989

(tape no. 7)

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Receiving NCA Award for his work as Michigan Director of Commerce 1984-1989

(tape no. 8)

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"Michigan, State of the Future," advertisement video on why companies should move to Michigan June 10, 1987

(tape no. 9)

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Democratic National Platform Committee, Economic Platform, Detroit June 2, 1988

(tape no. 10)

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Impersonating Elvis Presley January 28, 1989

(tape no. 11)

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Michigan Department of Commerce Orbital Engine Plan Announcement, Australian company invests in Michigan industry August 2, 1989

(tape no. 12)

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"A Regional Report Card," Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, presentation as consultant from CFED 1989-1991

(tape no. 13)

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DLC Conference Speech 1990

(tape no. 14)

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Economic Conference December 15, 1992

(tape no. 15)

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"Progress Report," interviewed as Assistant Secretary of Labor on innovative worker training programs 1993-1995

(tape no. 16)

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The Enterprise "A New Idea," Department of Labor July 11, 1995

(tape no. 17)

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Detroit Newspaper Strike, Worker Replacement, Doug Ross and Bill Johnson News Commentary WXYZ-TV Detroit News 1996

(tape no. 18)

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Political Corruption, Doug Ross and Bill Johnson News Commentary WXYZ-TV Detroit News 1996

(tape no. 19)

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Flat Tax, Doug Ross and Bill Johnson News Commentary WXYZ-TV Detroit News, July 3, 1996 and June27 1996 1996

(tape no. 20)

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Vice President Candidates for Bob Dole, Doug Ross and Candice Miller News Commentary WXYZ-TV Detroit April 9, 1996

(tape no. 21)

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Interviewed on the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party Ideology Off The Record August 1996

(tape no. 22)

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Governor Campaign Kick Off Speech 1996

(video quality is poor, audio quality is fine)

(tape no. 23)

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Governor Campaign Kickoff News Coverage Off the Record June 18, 1996

(tape no. 24)

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News Coverage of Ross governor campaign Detroit TV News

(tape no. 25)

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Interviewed as a candidate for governor Law Talk March 20, 1997

(tape no. 26)

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Brief campaign speech on road quality, Flint Spotlight on the News May 3, 1997

(tape no. 27)

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Global Connections Globalizing Michigan, Doug Ross, Candidate for Governor Bloomfield Community Television June 1997

(tape no. 28)

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Governor Campaign Debate Tape August 1, 1997

(tape no. 29)

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Election 1998

(tape no. 30)

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In Kalamazoo May 5, 1998

(tape no. 31)

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Political Candidate Doug Ross, Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith May 6, 1998

(tape no. 32)

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MTLA: Darrell Tennis, Virgil Smith, Buzz Thomas, Kathy Bogas, Larry Owen, Geoffrey Fieger, Doug Ross Q/A Session May 15, 1998

(tape no. 33)

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Governor Campaign, several advertisement spots June 23, 1998

(tape no. 34)

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Interview as candidate for governor West Michigan Week June 26, 1998

(tape no. 35)

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Governor Primary Debate with Larry Owen July 1998

(tape no. 36)

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Governor Campaign advertising spots, "Ideas," "Parents," "Dreams," and Appendix July 7, 1998

(tape no. 37)

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Governor Campaign advertising spots, "Trust" and "Better," July 28, 1998

(tape no. 38)