Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers Project

Seasons greetings from Zambia Airways
September 2, 2014
As can be imagined, the Mayor’s office was bombarded daily with letters asking for special favors.  From time to time, a request surfaced that distinguished itself from the normal plea for a timely refuse pick-up, better street lighting, or a...
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Peoples Temple letter
August 19, 2014
Among the saddest letters in the papers of Mayor Coleman Young were received from two dedicated church workers.  The first, from Karen Layton, dated July 2, 1974, introduces the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ.  Outlining the...
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Letter regarding Detroit Institute of Arts privatization
July 23, 2014
Over the years, political leadership has struggled to find answers to the financial troubles that have, unfortunately, plagued Detroit for several decades.  The Coleman Young administration took on the crisis from several angles.  A...
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Vertical Take-off and Landing Craft
July 8, 2014
As noted in past blogs, the Mayor’s Office in Detroit was the beneficiary of a number of unsolicited communications.  Among them are suggestions on how to run the Mayor’s Office, musical tributes to the City, and a multitude of invitations to...
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Coleman Young with Belinda Bauer, Charles Durning and Donald Sutherland
June 18, 2014
Following commercial success of the novel, The Rosary Murders,  New Line Cinema expanded the franchise to include a feature-length film.  The story was set in Detroit.  Wishing to maintain authenticity, studio President Robert G....
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William Kienzle program, sponsored by Friends of the Detroit Public Library
June 4, 2014
A series of folders in the manuscript collection of Mayor Coleman A. Young contained memorabilia from a film that was shot in the city. Once completed, The Rosary Murders movie even premiered in Detroit at a gala event.  But before it became a...
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New Detroit memo
May 14, 2014
Alan Hurwitz didn’t come from a life of deprivation and he didn’t lack passion for his work.  By all accounts, until his arrest in 1992, Alan Hurwitz was a well-respected educator who was driven to help underprivileged kids get a good education...
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Chain letter
April 29, 2014
While most people tend to regard chain letters with a touch of disdain or even a bit of dread, some letters gain an allure far beyond their original intent.  One in particular came to us in the Coleman Young papers addressed to Coleman Young...
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Commemorative bumper sticker, "The Pope and I, Polish and proud"
April 21, 2014
When Shepherd One touched down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport,  the plans that had taken most of the year kicked in. Clockwork precision was required to make certain that Pope John Paul II was able to visit all the scheduled sites. Hundreds of...
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Coleman Young greeting Pope John Paul II
April 3, 2014
In January 1987, Edmund Szoka, then Archbishop of Detroit, received the news that Pope John Paul II would visit Detroit during his 1987 U.S. tour.  Detroit had been left out of the original trip itinerary.  The decisions about which cities...
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