Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Edgar L. Smith interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-07. Concerns Smith's life and career as an ironworker, especially as a member of Wisconsin-based Local 383.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Smith, Edgar L. - Leary, James P.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    George L. Bunders interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-07. Interview concerns Bunders' working life as an ironworker with Local 383.
    • Contributor: Bunders, George L. - Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Harold Clausen interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-21. Interview with Harold "Pork" Clausen focuses on his experiences as an ironworker. His wife, Sharon, joins in at the end of the recording session. The audio interview is in two parts: file afc2011062_00168_sr01 contains the main interview; afc2011062_00168_sr02 is an addendum containing a story about a fight between two foremen on a barge.
    • Contributor: Clausen, Harold Wayne - Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Everett J. Erstad interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-13. Interview with ironworker Everett J. Erstad at his home in Oregon, Wisconsin. The audio is in 2 parts: Part 1 (sr01) includes the bulk of the interview with Everett Erstad and his experiences as an ironworker with Local 383. Part 2 (sr02) consists of a short narrative about a prank played on Erstad by a crane operator. The interview is supplemented by 85 photographs.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P. - Erstad, Everett J.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    William W. Kerwin interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-08. Interview focuses on Bill Kerwin's experiences as an ironworker with Local 383.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P. - Kerwin, William W.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Augustine Peplinski interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-12. Interview focuses on Gus Peplinski's experiences as an ironworker and member of Local 383
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P. - Peplinski, Augustine
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    William C. Tanneberg interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-11. Concerns Tanneberg's experiences as an ironworker and, subsequently, a blacksmith, with some brief information about his labor in the engine room of a Great Lakes freighter.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P. - Tanneberg, William
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    David F. Olby interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-10-29. Interview focuses on David Olby's experiences as an ironworker, including accounts of his dad, DeWain Olby, also an ironworker, with additional accounts of deer hunting, David's work in a sawmill and doing carpentry, and an extended discussion of DeWain Olby's performance of country music and the recording and meaning of his song "Ironworker Blues."
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Olby, David - Leary, James P.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
  • Audio Recording
    Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20. Wally Ritch is a retired ironworker from Local 63, who also leads the retirees club for the Local. In the interview, we cover his background, his entrance in the trade, his career, changes in safety, and his views on the union and the labor movement.
    • Contributor: Ritch, Walter - Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Henry Lichte interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20. Henry Lichte was one of the older iron workers interviewed for this project. He recounts his personal background in the city, his career as an iron worker, and some commentary on particular building sites in the city of Chicago.
    • Contributor: Lichte, Henry - Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Henry Arnold Martens interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-26. Two interviews were done with Henry "Bud" Martens. Both were recorded on July 26, 2011. Part 1 (38:39) is longer and more general and concerns his upbringing, early iron worker career, welding, the trade, and safety. Part 2 (07:44) is very brief and devoted to reviewing the companies he worked for over many years. Marten had given me a piece of paper with the...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky - Martens, Henry A.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Roy Williams interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20. Roy Williams from IWU Local #63 discusses his background and family history, entrance to the iron worker trade, his career as an iron worker, and his time as a labor official, as well as safety and changes in the trade.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Williams, Roy - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    James Stanley interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27. James Stanely discusses his personal background, his ironworker beginnings and career, Local 1 and Local 63, American Indians and the ironworker training program, and his work in the Indian training program.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Stanley, James - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Brian Diskin interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-14. Brian Diskin, business manager for IWU Local #380, reviews his personal background, his history as an iron worker, his union activities, the current state of the trade, and Local #380, as well as the iron workers' festival and strikes.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky - Diskin, Brian
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    John Ryan interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27. John Ryan discusses his background, his entrance into the ironworkers trade, important sites he has worked on in Chicago, unions, strikes, the labor-management situation in Chicago, jokes and ritual. The audio interview is in two parts: Part 1 (sr01) focuses on his life and his career in iron working; Part 2 (sr02) focuses on his passion for vintage outboard boat motors, musky fishing, and...
    • Contributor: Ryan, John P. - Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    William McGleam interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-26. William "Bill" McGleam, IWU Local 63, talks about his background, his start as an iron worker, his career in the trade, labor unions, important building sites, and changes in the trade.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - McGleam, William - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    William Sattler interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27. William "Bill" Sattler, Iron Workers Union Local 63, discusses his background, early work as an iron worker, his career in the trade, life as union leader, memorable jobs, and also provided photographs of some of these jobs.
    • Contributor: Sattler, William - Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Michael Richards interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13. Richards reviews his own background and his entrance into the trade, iron working in California, working as an organizer in Oklahoma, teaching iron workers, his dad, and music.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky - Richards, Michael
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Robert Ledwith interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13. Ledwith is the business manager for IWU #46 in New York City. During the interview, we discuss his personal background, entry into the iron trade, the history of the Local and iron workers in New York City, his involvement with the union, unionism in America, technological change, Ayn Rand, and the contemporary state of affairs in the labor movement and the larger society.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky - Ledwith, Robert A.
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Richard Sisson and Sharon Sisson interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-10-11. Sharon, a 25-year veteran iron worker and an Iron Workers Union (IWU) #63 member. Her husband, Richard Sisson, is an even more experienced veteran iron worker. They review their personal background, entry into iron working, problems on the job, sexism, pranks, work sites, the IWU and organized labor.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Sisson, Richard L. - Sisson, Sharon - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Richard Rowe interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-08. Richard Rowe, a business agent for Iron Workers Union (IWU) Local #63, discusses his background, his entrance into the iron working trade, his involvement in the IWU, labor history, and the current state of organized labor in America.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky - Rowe, Richard
    • Date: 2011-01-01
  • Audio Recording
    Al Bass and Craig Satalic interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-11-22. Craig Satalic and Al Bass, both officials for Iron Workers Union (IWU) Local 1, review their entrance into and history in the trade, the importance of the union, the apprenticeship program, labor relations in Chicago, women and iron working, safety and ironworking over time, insurance, and the role of unions in American society today.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bass, Albert - Halker, Bucky - Satalic, Craig
    • Date: 2011-01-01
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    Gerald Truty interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-10-19. Retired Local #63 iron worker Gerald "Jerry" Truty describes his background, entering iron working, important sites he worked on, working in other states, other jobs, jokes, the labor movement, and the current state of affairs for labor.
    • Contributor: Truty, Gerald - Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2011-01-01
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: supplementary materials, 2012-06-26 This supplementary material folder contains 33 fieldwork photographs taken by Clark Douglas Halker documenting display and exhibit materials at the 2011 Iron Workers Union National Convention in Chicago. It also contains a photo log. NB: There is no sound file.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2012
  • Audio Recording
    Michael M. Taqee interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2012-12-20. Michael Taqee (nee Taylor), a longtime iron worker in Iron Workers Union (IWU) Local #63, Chicago, and now a member of the Chicago Fire Department, discusses his personal background, his career as an iron worker, architecture, the iron worker's union, and his passion for buildings. Taqee also discusses his time as an independent contractor in iron work, his career as a member of the...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Taqee, Michael M. - Halker, Bucky
    • Date: 2012-01-01