Audio Recording "Then my father and I opened the office."

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"Then my father and I opened the office."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: Later his father became a broker, and opened the office. Started on Summer and Market streets. Went to Union Avenue and West Broadway, by then father was a broker. From there, his father was ready to retire, and RS kept going, and bought the current building and moved there, his father moved there with RS. Father opened the 2nd office in 1970, West Broadway and Union. RS's mother worked for Julius Schmid for many years, making condoms. Doesn't recall the salary, but thinks it was peanuts. And RS's stepmother worked as a sewing machine operator in a garment factory. In Paterson, the old mills. Right over here on Van Houten Street, and Beech Street, Martin, Straight streets, around there. They still do coats there, and all that. That's mainly what RS's stepmother was doing, coats. Some factories have gone out of business, but others have been going for years.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Then my father and I opened the office.". -09-13, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Then my father and I opened the office.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Then my father and I opened the office.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.