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Metals manufacturing in four Montana communities oral history project

Repository: Montana Historical Society

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially OH 934 (2 hrs 5 minutes; 16 Jul. 1986): Interview with Eugene G. Cox. Topics include his work as clerk and personnel manager for the Anaconda Company's Great Falls Reduction Dept. from 1926 to 1971; company managers and management-worker relations; the community of Black Eagle; the Depression; Great Falls politics; experiences of African-American co-workers; and the Mine-Mill union.

Collection Description (Extant): In this project residents of Anaconda, Black Eagle, Columbia Falls, and East Helena share their experiences as merchants, bartenders, union organizers, and families of smelter workers living in towns dominated by metals manufacturing plants. The project was the first in a series designed to explore Montana's labor and industrial heritage and the role of industry in shaping community identity.

The project consists of 83 interviews in which residents of Anaconda, Black Eagle, Columbia Falls, and East Helena discuss work experiences, community life, ethnic traditions, union activities, cultural and social divisions, health and safety issues, and overall living conditions.

Origin Info: Interviewed by Laurie Mercier

Access Copy Note: Collection is open for research.

Date(s): 1986-1988

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: OH 903-085

Extent: 83 interviews (cassette tape)

Finding Aid URL: http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv70466 External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Related projects at the MHS include Montanans At Work; Small Town Montana; and New Deal in Montana.

Interviewees: Eugene G. Cox

Rights (Extant): The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use.

Subjects:

African Americans--Montana
Discrimination in employment
International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers
Labor--History
Mineral industries--Montana
Montana--Race relations

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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