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MC 649, T-371

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, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 649, T-371
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project Records, 1974-1980
Date(s): 1974-1980
Quantity: 1.42 linear feet (1 file box, 2 card file boxes) plus 349 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiotapes, transcripts, and interview cards related to the documentary, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2010
By: Melissa Dollman

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.

Preferred Citation:

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Project Records, 1974-1980. MC 649 or T-371, folder, box, or reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

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


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:


Collection consists of audiotapes, transcripts, and interview cards.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

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
Adams, Queenie, interviewee
Albrier, Frances Mary, 1898-1987, interviewee
Allen, Wanita, interviewee
Almada, Camille, interviewee
Alport, Evelyn, interviewee
Anderson, Martha, interviewee
Belcher, Gladys, interviewee
Bell, Jonnie, interviewee
Billings, Connie, interviewee
Birchall, Ruth, interviewee
Braga, C., interviewee
Brasher, Lois, interviewee
Brodsky, Addy, interviewee
Brodsky, Merle, interviewee.
Brown, Harriet, interviewee
Brown, June Tolan, interviewee
Brown, Martha, interviewee
Brown, Nellie, interviewee
Bullard, Mary, interviewee
Burak, Rose, interviewee
Burns, Dolores, interviewee
Campbell, Clara, interviewee
Cardoza, Louise, interviewee
Channel, Arta, interviewee
Chappa, Esther, interviewee
Cherry, Pauline, interviewee
Childs, Lyn, interviewee
Chown, Paul, interviewee
Church, Margaret, interviewee
Conard, Eula, interviewee
Cooper, Anne, 1911- interviewee
Cortes, Lucy, interviewee
Cowan, Hilda, interviewee
Crooms, Adeal, interviewee
Crotto, Mary, interviewee
Curran, Thelma, interviewee
Damback, Marion, interviewee
Daniels, Tillie, interviewee
Dansby, Louise, interviewee
Davis, Barbara, interviewee
Davis, Francis, interviewee
Davis, Rovena, interviewee
Dennis, Carrie, 1921- interviewee
Dierking, Alice, interviewee
Dierup, Ann, interviewee
Dollinger, Genora Johnson, interviewee
Dunigan, Candace Pearle, interviewee
Edwards, Gwen, interviewee
Ferguson, Oneida, interviewee
Field, Connie
Forth, Rosie, interviewee
Fortune, Elizabeth, interviewee
Fox, Edie, interviewee
Fosky, Thora, 1911- interviewee
Fulton, Minnie, interviewee
Garcia, Lucy, interviewee
Geilberg, Eileen, interviewee
Gelles, Catherine, 1907-1985, interviewee
Glen, Nettie, interviewee
Goldman, Eilene, interviewee
Green, Violet, interviewee
Habermehl, Ada, interviewee
Haener, Dorothy, interviewee
Hammond, Marion, interviewee
Hare, Ann, interviewee
Harper, Mary, interviewee
Harris, Minerva, interviewee
Hartman, Edna, interviewee
Hatcher, Lillian, interviewee
Hatten, Buelah, interviewee
Heil, Rachael, interviewee
Heldt, Hazel, interviewee
Henderson, Eula, interviewee
Hershoff, Doris, interviewee
Highsmith, James, interviewee
Hover, Helen, interviewee
Howard, Mable, interviewee
Hunt, George, interviewee
Ingraham, Louise, interviewee
Janersky, Betty, interviewee
Jenkins, Roberta, interviewee
Jones, Jonnie Dea, interviewee
Kaczor, Belle Olive, interviewee
Kalbas, Jerre, interviewee
Kelley, Gertrude, interviewee
Kemsley, Becky, interviewee
Kevany, Mary, interviewee
Kobas, Virginia, interviewee
Kolberg, Helen, interviewee
Koshen, Estelle, interviewee
Leber, Opal, interviewee
Lewis, Katy, interviewee
Lewis, Marie, interviewee
Looney, Elizabeth, interviewee
Love, Silretha, interviewee
Lucas, Edith, interviewee
Lumbert, Doris, interviewee
Luna, Celia, interviewee
Mack, Precious, interviewee
MacReynolds, Lucy, interviewee
Maddox, Jean, interviewee
Mahoney, Dot, interviewee
Maronovich, Irene Young, interviewee
Masters, Olive, interviewee
Matsel, Della, interviewee
Maupin, Joyce, interviewee
McCarthy, Eleanor, interviewee
McClendon, Mary, interviewee
Montrose, Nancy, interviewee
Mount, Julia Luna, interviewee
Netce, Eleanor McGee, interviewee
Ortega, Lupe, interviewee
Ostlund, Verla, interviewee
Owens, Effie, interviewee
Paul, Irene, interviewee
Penningon, Gertrude, interviewee
Peterson, Florence, interviewee
Petrel, Irene, interviewee
Pittman, Edna, interviewee
Preston, Lucille, interviewee
Prociuk, Stephanie, interviewee
Ray, Edith, interviewee
Reals, Helen, interviewee
Ringwald, Nancy, interviewee
Robello, Helen, interviewee
Roberts, Clara, interviewee
Rocha, Ruth, 1904- interviewee
Rogers, Frances, interviewee
Rose, Marjorie, interviewee
Rosnik, Helen, interviewee
Ross, Cartreen, interviewee
Rostodha, Anita, interviewee
Ruggerio, Mary, interviewee
Rush, Frances, interviewee
Ruthkowski, Charlotte, interviewee
Sekscinski, Wanda, interviewee
Shapiro-Bertolini, Ethel, interviewee
Sheer, Ruth, interviewee
Simons, Decima, interviewee
Slaughter, Arlene, interviewee
Smart, Esther, interviewee
Smigiel, Dorothy, interviewee
Smith, Delphine, interviewee
Smith, Edith Pearl McDonald, interviewee
Smith, Milo, interviewee
Sommers, Tish, interviewee
Spievak, Maria, interviewee
Stacey, Genevieve, interviewee
Staszak, Genevieve, interviewee
Stillman, Dorothy, interviewee
Sultan, Rosie, interviewee
Swokowski, Helen, interviewee
Szakova, Rose, interviewee
Szur, Mildred, interviewee
Taylor, Virginia, interviewee
Thompson, Ray, interviewee
Touminen, Irma, interviewee
Tucker, Neil, interviewee
Tucker, Viola B., 1899-1993, interviewee
Underwood, Lynn, interviewee
Utrecht, Ruth, interviewee
Van Huin, Edie, interviewee
Velasco, Virginia, interviewee
Vereen-DeSoto, Jennie, interviewee
Volz, Mary, interviewee
Walker, Clovice, interviewee
Wallace, Beatrice, interviewee
Weirmack, Poppy, interviewee
Weixel, Lola, interviewee
White, Jane, interviewee
Williams, Chili, interviewee
Williams, Claudia, 1914- interviewee
Willis, Lillian, interviewee
Wilson, Emma, interviewee
Wolf, Ruth, interviewee
Work, Beulah, interviewee
Wright, Margaret, 1921- interviewee
Wylie, Marion, interviewee
Yanish, Celia, interviewee
Yoneda, Elaine Black, 1906-1988, interviewee
Zueski, John, interviewee
Zueski, Phyllis, interviewee