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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With John W. Barfield, Sr.

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Maintenance company chief executive John W. Barfield was born February 8, 1927 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two years in France and Germany. Upon his return, Barfield worked as a custodian for the University of Michigan and cleaned newly constructed houses for additional income. In 1955, he began a contract cleaning group, the Barfield Cleaning Company, which was acquired by International Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1969. That year, Barfield wrote The Barfield Method of Building Maintenance, which set the industry standard. Three years later, Barfield and his wife reentered the maintenance business with the Barfield Building Maintenance Company. In 1977, Barfield incorporated John Barfield and Associates, an organization that provided staffing services to General Motors among other organizations. This company became The Bartech Group. In 1996, Barfield received The George Romney Award recognizing lifelong achievement in volunteerism.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
223 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with John W. Barfield, Sr.
John W. Barfield, Sr.
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Livonia, Michigan 2007 June 28.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 42 min., 30 sec.)) : sound, color
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