Michigan Political History Society oral history collection: 1995-2013
Summary Information
Title: Michigan Political History Society oral history collection
Creator: Michigan Political History Society.
Dates: 1995-2013
Extent: 28 optical discs (in 2 boxes; DVDs)
Call number: 9796 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was received in multiple accessions from the Michigan Political History Society (donor no. 8575) in 2009-10.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.


Copyright is not held by the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michigan Political History Society oral history collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The Michigan Political History Society was founded in 1993 as a non-partisan organization to promote knowledge of the political history of the state of Michigan. The Society has a newsletter and sponsors meetings, some of these honor political figures of the past, others are lectures by authors who have written about state politics. Since 1995, the Society has sponsored a program of oral history interviews. The oral history program, titled the James J. Blanchard Living Library of Michigan Political History, is an on-going project of the Society.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 28 DVDs of oral history interviews with state political figures, most of them active in the period of 1950 to 2000. The interviews are conducted by individuals knowledgeable about state political history. The content of the interviews are both about the individual's career and about the issues and personalities of the time. These interviews are with political and labor leaders, past members of the state legislature, a Detroit mayor, and a member of the state constitutional convention of 1961-1962.

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.

  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • DVDs.
  • Oral histories.
  • Allen, Glenn S., 1914-2001.
  • Crim, Bobby.
  • Bluestone, Irving.
  • Coomes, Francis J.
  • Danhof, Robert.
  • Dingell, John D.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Downs, Tom, 1916-
  • Fletcher, Peter.
  • Fraser, Douglas A. (Douglas Andrew), 1916-2008.
  • Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
  • Gribbs, Roman S., 1925-
  • Griffin, Robert P. (Robert Paul), 1923-2015.
  • Hart, Adelaide, 1900-
  • Jeffrey, Mildred, 1911-2004.
  • Kelley, Frank J. (Frank Joseph), 1924-
  • Lindemer, Lawrence B.
  • Maynard, Olivia.
  • McLaughlin, William F., 1932-
  • Musser, Dan.
  • Owen, Gary M.
  • Peterson, Elly Maude, 1914-2008.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Traxler, Robert.
  • VanderLaan, Robert.
  • Waldron, Robert E.
  • Cawthorne, Dennis.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Oral History Interviews [series] (28 optical discs (DVDs))

(arranged by date)

Box   1  
Douglas Fraser, Former President, UAW, Interviewed by Tom Downs April 8, 1995
Box   1  
Irv Bluestone, Retired Vice President, UAW, Interviewed by Tom Downs April 22, 1995
Box   1  
Elly Peterson, Michigan Republican Chair 1965-1969 Interviewed by Bill Ballenger, May 1, 1995 1965-1995
Box   1  
Adelaide Hart, Former Democratic Vice-Chair, Interviewed by Tom Downs June 26, 1995
Box   1  
Tom Downs -- Vice Chair 1961 Constitutional Convention, Interviewed by Bob LaBrant August 21, 1995
Box   1  
Mildred Jeffrey -- Community Activist, Interviewed by Tom Downs December 28, 1995
Box   1  
U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin, Interviewed by Dennis Cawthorne July 25, 1996
Box   1  
Retired Court of Appeals Judge, Glenn S. Allen, Interviewed by Tom Downs November 22, 1999
Box   1  
Robert E. Waldron, Former Speaker of the House, Interviewed by John Kerekes August 11, 2000
Box   1  
Judge Robert Danhof, Interviewed by Bob LaBrant September 20, 2001
Box   1  
Frank J. Kelley, Former Attorney General, Interviewed by Leon S. Cohan December 10, 2004
Box   1  
Olivia Maynard, Former Democratic Vice-Chair, Interviewed by Lynn Jondahl May 31, 2005
Box   1  
Bob Traxler, Former US Congressman, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger May 14, 2008
Box   1  
Bobby Crim, Former House Speaker, Interviewed by, Lynn Jondahl July 10, 2008
Box   1  
Larry Lindemer, Former GOP Chair, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger July 16, 2008
Box   1  
Roman Gribbs, Former Detroit Mayor, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger July 22, 2008
Box   1  
Jerry Coomes, Former Catholic Conference Director, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger August 20, 2008
Box   1  
Peter Fletcher, Former GOP Committeeman, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger October 15, 2008
Box   1  
Gary Owen, Former Speaker of the House, Interviewed by Lynn Jondahl October 17, 2008
Box   1  
William McLaughlin, former chairman of the State Republican Party, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger March 17, 2009
Box   2  
John D. Dingell, Congressman, Interviewed by Lynn Jondahl May 29, 2009
Box   2  
Robert VanderLaan, Former State Senate Majority Leader, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger July 13, 2009
Box   2  
R.D. Musser, Chairman Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger December 17, 2009
Box   2  
U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Interviewed by Lynn Jondahl October 19, 2010
Box   2  
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger November 10, 2011
Box   2  
Dennis W. Archer, Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Mayor of Detroit, Interviewed by Lyn Jondahl December 21, 2012
Box   2  
Paul Hillegonds, Former Speaker of the House, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger January 10, 2013
Box   2  
Conrad L. Mallett, Jr., Former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Interviewed by Bill Ballenger January 10, 2013