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Audio Recording Marianna Costa's first job

[Marianna Costa's first job.]

About this Item


  • Marianna Costa's first job


  • Costa, Marianna (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-10


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Dyeing
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Retirees
  • -  Textile industry
  • -  Hours of labor
  • -  Vocational education
  • -  Wages
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with retired textile union official Marianna Costa at her home in Haledon, New Jersey.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: Marianna was able to pay for nine months of training at the business college and received a "limited diploma." She went to work at the dye plant where her mother had worked; the job was as an assistant in the shipping department at 20 center per hour, ten hours a day ($50 per week). The dye house was Arrow Piece Dye Works in Paterson. Most of the plants in Paterson were paying wages in this range; Victory Piece Dye works was famous for paying low wages. Marianna was glad to get the job despite long hours, hard work and low pay.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A010

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. Marianna Costa's first job. -08-10, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Costa, M. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) Marianna Costa's first job. -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Costa, Marianna, and David Alan Taylor. Marianna Costa's first job. -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.