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About this collection

“Arab Americans and the Automobile: Voices from the Factory” was a project conducted in 1999 by the Cultural Arts Department of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS). The main objective of “Voices from the Factory” was to document, through oral testimonies, the history of the Detroit area’s Arab immigrants in the automobile industry.

The project included seminars and workshops on conducting oral history and aimed to create a booklet using the information from the oral histories collected. In addition to collecting the materials at ACCESS, the project planned to donate copies of the oral histories at the Michigan Historical Society and UAW Local 600.

 

How to use the digital collection: 

Each interview has been transcribed to make the oral histories accessible to all users. To read a formatted transcript while listening to audio, first select the oral history of your choice. Select the Play button (triangle) in the audio box, and then click on the Text tab at the top for the transcript. 

PDF copies of the transcripts are also available on the right side of the screen. These can be downloaded and printed for your convenience. 

Stylistic differences can be seen in the transcripts, as they were created in two sets - one set not long after the interviews in 1999, and the second set in 2016.

 

Copyright notice: AANM staff have made a concerted effort to contact all participants or their families to obtain approval for public access to these oral histories. If you believe an oral history on this site should not be made publically available, contact Elyssa Bisoski at ebisoski@accesscommunity.org.

 

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