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Audio Recording "At one time I worked as a beamer."

"At one time I worked as a beamer."

About this Item


  • "At one time I worked as a beamer."


  • Carroll, Sarah (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Sydney (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-11


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Dyeing
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Retirees
  • -  Textile industry
  • -  Work processes
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Pequannock


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Sydney and Sarah Carroll at their home in Pequannock, New Jersey. They are the parents of Working in Paterson fieldworker Tom Carroll.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: Sydney's work at a dye house; one of his jobs was as a "beamer." A beamer takes rolls of fabric, sews them together and puts them on a beaming machine. The fabric is then dyed. Next the fabric is dried, then the fabric is put on a frame and stretched. Then the fabric is "finished." Then the fabric is put on the "examining machine," then the stitching that joins pieces of fabric into one continuous piece is taken out and the fabric is cut into smaller pieces,rolled, and shipped out; this whole process could be done in one day.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A011

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

Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Carroll, Sarah, Sydney Carroll, and David Alan Taylor. "At one time I worked as a beamer.". -08-11, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Carroll, S., Carroll, S. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "At one time I worked as a beamer.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Carroll, Sarah, Sydney Carroll, and David Alan Taylor. "At one time I worked as a beamer.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.