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Collection Details


Collection Name: Women's History: Rosie the Riveter Revisited
Repository Name: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Long Beach, California, United States
URL: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/voaha/summary/page32.html
Material Formats: [45 documents with audio]
Description: The Rosie the Riveter Revisited project, funded by NEH Grant (RC 00019-80-1459) and Rockefeller Foundation Grant (GA HUM 7924 and 8139) grants, was designed to do just that, using the medium of oral history. A total of forty-four Los Angeles production workers and two Women's Counselors were interviewed for the project; their numbers drawn from some 250 women with whom initial phone interviews were conducted. In life histories that averaged six hours, we traced what their prewar lives were like, their experiences during the war years, and the meaning and impact of their war work experience on their lives. Most the narrators worked in production jobs at Douglas, North American and Lockheed Aircraft; and their numbers include nine Mexicanas/Latinas and six African Americans. Additional interviews were conducted to better understand both aircraft manufacturing and the role of the Black community in creating wartime job opportunities. Arch Wallen's interview on the former topic is included in this series, while the interviews with Clayton Russell and Herbert Ward can be found in the series on Desegregating Unions during WWII.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 46
Interviews: [45 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Women's Studies; Industry and Labor; Economics; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Aircraft industry; California; Oral history; United States; Women employees; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--War work; World War, 1939-1945--Women
Collection Code: OHC0004574