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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Custodians and Janitors in Colorado

In 2021, oral historian Cynthia Torres received an Archie Green Fellowship to document the occupational culture and experiences of custodians and janitors in Colorado. Ms. Torres, who worked as a custodian herself for several years before training as a documentarian at the University of Colorado, interviewed 13 workers in this “undervalued and unnoticed” profession to create an opportunity for custodians and janitors “to tell their stories and their relationship to their work” so that the general public will better appreciate their contributions. Torres collaborated with Professor Jennifer Fluri (UC/Boulder) and the Oral History Program at the Boulder Public Library and with the support of Local Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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