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Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001942
Collection consists of transcripts and video recordings for 19 interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades. Interviews were conducted by the Project Advisory Group including: Elaine Crawford, Cathy Dawson, Michelle Fecteau, Ann Francis, Pat Nuznov, Margaret Raucher, and Carrie Wells. Interviewees discuss their backgrounds, reasons for entering the trades, apprenticeship and work experiences, professional and personal relationships in relation to their career choice, union activities, the women's movement, and issues surrounding the lack of women in the skilled trades. Transcripts include brief biographical sketches with photograph of the interviewee in most cases.
Interviews were conducted with the following participants: Linda Bart and Judy Ellul (Rod Busters; interviewed together), Eva Caradonna (Carpenter), Elaine Crawford (Electrician), Cathy Dawson (Machinist), S. E. (Pipefitter), Ann Francis (Pipefitter), M. G. (Electrician), Denise Greer (Millwright), S. H. (Sheet Metal Worker), Carrie Harding (Operating Engineer), Renee Holbrook (Railroad Mechanic), Sue Jantschak (Carpenter), T. M. (Roofing Contractor), Pat Nuznov (Electrician), Terri Patterson (Structural Ironworker), Jola Stone (Draftswoman), J. W. (Metal Model Maker), Carrie Wells (Tile Setter), and Sara Willis (Electrician).

Dates

  • 2004 - 2006

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

No publication or direct quotation is permitted for the following interviews: Elaine Crawford, S. E., M. G., S. H., T. M., and J. W. Interviewees idenitified only by initials may not be personally identified. Audio is closed for the following interviews: S.E., M.G. S.H., T.M., and J.W.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 19 printed transcripts, 36 Hi8 cassette tapes, and 1 compact disc.

8.9 Megabytes ((36 files). ) : Includes PDFs and JPEGs.

Abstract

Between 2004 and 2006, the Walter P. Reuther Library, along with several Michigan labor organizations and trade unions conducted an oral history project to document the lives and working experiences of 19 skilled tradeswomen in the Metro Detroit area. Collection consists of transcripts and video recordings for 19 interviews with women in a variety of construction and maintenance trades. Interviewees discuss their backgrounds, reasons for entering the trades, apprenticeship and work experiences, professional and personal relationships in relation to their career choice, union activities, the women's movement, and issues surrounding the lack of women in the skilled trades. Transcripts include brief biographical sketches and a photograph of the interviewee.

History

Between 2004 and 2006, the Walter P. Reuther Library along with several Michigan labor organizations and trade unions conducted an oral history project to document the lives and working experiences of 19 skilled tradeswomen in the Metro Detroit area. Project sponsors and/or members of the Project Advisory Group included the Greater Detroit Building Trades Council; Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO; Michigan Labor History Society; UAW Region 1; Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO; UWUA Local 223, AFL-CIO; and the Reuther Library.

Arrangement

Files are arranged by interview number, which corresponds to alphabetical arrangement by interviewee last name.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LOH001942.pdf

Custodial History

The original name of the project and collection was "Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project."

Acquisition

Created by Walter P. Reuther Library and Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral History Project Advisory Group and entered into collection around 2006.

Other Copies

Transcripts were digitized and are available as PDF files. Images are also available as JPEG files.

Processing History

Processed by Margaret Raucher. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 29, 2016. Inventory created by Ciera Casteel March 20, 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Metro Detroit Skilled Tradeswomen Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Margaret Raucher. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-03-29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • March 20, 2019: Inventory added and folders numbered by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA