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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 649: T-371

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project Records, 1974-1980


Audiotapes, transcripts, and interview cards related to the documentary, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.


  • Creation: 1974-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Connie Field retains copyright in the records of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project for fifty years or until her death, whichever comes first, at which time copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. As long as Connie Field retains copyright, researchers may not publish, perform, or broadcast quotations without her written permission.

Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.42 linear feet ((1 file box, 2 card file boxes) plus 349 audiotapes)

Collection consists of audiotapes, transcripts, and interview cards.


These audiotapes, transcripts, and interview cards served as research material for the documentary, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, which was produced in about 1980 by Connie Field and Clarity Educational Productions. The interviews are with women who worked in factories and shipyards, mostly welding and riveting, during World War II. There are a handful of interviews with men who supervised or worked alongside the women. There are over one hundred and seventy interviewees, many of whom are Chicana, American Indian, and African American, including Frances Albrier, who also appears in the Schlesinger Library's Black Women Oral History Project. Only five "Rosies" appear in the final production: Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright, Lyn Childs, Gladys Belcher, and Wanita Allen. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter was added to the National Film Registry in 1996 by the Library of Congress.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Audiotapes, 1974-1980 (#T-371.1 - T-371.349)
  2. Series II. Transcripts and related materials, 1974-1980 (#1.1-1.81)
  3. Series III. Interview cards, 1970s-1980 (#2CB-3CB)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 89-M142

The records of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project were given to the Schlesinger Library in July 1989 by Connie Field and Clarity Productions.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Videotape collection (Vt-47).

Processing Information

Processed: June 2010

By: Melissa Dollman

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project Records, 1974-1980: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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