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Audio Recording "Silk Arithmatic"

"Silk Arithmatic"

About this Item


  • "Silk Arithmatic"


  • Hardin, James (Collaborator)
  • Lautenberg, Frank R. (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1995-03-22


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Vocational education
  • -  Legislators
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- United States--District of Columbia--Washington


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with U.S. Senator Frank J. Lautenberg at his office in the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., March 22, 1995. Lautenberg is a native of Paterson, NJ, and he sponsored federal legislation that created the New Jersey Urban History Initiative which, in turn, led to the American Folklife Center's 1994 field research in Paterson.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: FL describes a 5th or 6th grade arithmetic textbook titled Silk Arithmetic; the book taught arithmetic within the framework of the silk industry; a copy of the book was given to FL by another native of Paterson--Mr. Jacobson, who is now the CEO of Atlantic City Electric (a utility in southern New Jersey); the book provided vocational training, in a way, since it connected arithmetic to a specific industry; in examining the book one day, FL discovered that the author was his uncle, Raleigh Weintraub; in 1912 or so Weintraub was principal of a school in Paterson and authored Silk Arithmetic at that time; Weintraub was also a World War I aviator.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A027

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:

Hardin, James, Frank R Lautenberg, and David Alan Taylor. "Silk Arithmatic". -03-22, 1995. Audio.

APA citation style:

Hardin, J., Lautenberg, F. R. & Taylor, D. A. (1995) "Silk Arithmatic". -03-22. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Hardin, James, Frank R Lautenberg, and David Alan Taylor. "Silk Arithmatic". -03-22, 1995. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.