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Collection Details


Collection Name: Oral History of the American Left
Repository Name: New York University. Tamiment Library, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
Description: Established at the Tamiment Library in 1976, this collection’s purpose is to create an archive of recorded reminiscences by participants in trade union struggles, political organizations, grass roots initiatives, and cultural activity. OHAL interviews have been organized into seven groups, two of particular note here: *Series I-OHAL MAIN COLLECTION. This covers many subjects including immigrant/ethnic radicalism, labor, women's history, black history, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, Trotskyism, radical newspapers, fraternal associations, and student radicalism, over the period from 1900 to the present. 306 interviews. *Series IV-FILMMAKERS' TAPES. 266 interviews conducted for documentary films on the history of American radicalism. Films include The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, with women who were production workers during World War II (22 interviews) and Trouble on Fashion Ave, on the history of the ILGWU (4 interviews). Indexes and/or transcripts exist for tapes so designated in the "Guide to the Oral History of the American Left" published ca. 1985.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 661
Broad Subjects: Industry and Labor; Economics
ASP Subjects: Communism; Labor; Labor laws and legislation; Labor movement; Labor unions--Officials and employees; Labor unions--Organizing; Labor unions--Political activity; Labor unions--Recognition; Labor unions--United States; New York; New York, NY; Oral history; United States
Collection Code: OHC0002807