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.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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.
Extent1.42 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:
- Series I. Audiotapes, 1974-1980 (#T-371.1 - T-371.349)
- Series II. Transcripts and related materials, 1974-1980 (#1.1-1.81)
- 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.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Videotape collection (Vt-47).
Processed: June 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
- African American women--Employment
- Aged women
- Defense industries--Employees
- Defense industries--Employees--Labor unions
- Jewish women--Employment--United States
- Mexican American women--Employment--United States
- Older women--Interviews
- Oral histories
- Sex discrimination in employment--United States
- Sex role in the work environment--United States
- Women--Employment--United States
- Working class women--United States
- World War, 1939-1945--War work--California
- World War, 1939-1945--War work--Michigan
- World War, 1939-1945--War work--Women--United States
- World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States
- 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
- Language of description
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