Book/Printed Material Image 4 of [Industrial Folklore of Chicago]

About this Item


Text of Interview (Unedited)




STATE Illinois

NAME OF WORKER Nelson Algren

ADDRESS 3232 Victoria Avenue

DATE April 13, 1939

SUBJECT Industrial folklore of Chicago


“You're from that newspaper I guess? I always come down for a newspaper man - I guess there's a story in this alright. Aint there?

“Yep, I'm him; Davey Day, that fast-stepping Jewboy on his way up, all fight and fancy footwork. And nothin' wrong with the old heart, I guess you know, was you listenin' Monday nights.

“Well, that one's over now, but Pian(Co-manager) is going to get him again for me at the ball park. I'll beat him(Henry Armstrong) there, this is my lucky town. Dropped just one pro fight in my life here, that was in 1931, my fourth fight. I've licked everybody you want to name right around this town . . Frankie Sagilio, Roger Bernard, Bobby Pacho and I guess maybe a hundred others. And you can bet that Armstrong will got on that list, too, 'cause little Davey is on his way up and he got that ol' confdence.

“I licked Lou Ambers too, but that was in N. Y. and he was the champ, so they tossed him the duke. Wait'll I'm the champ though - I'll keep it right here in my old home town, and they'll be tossin' the duke at me like that too. I'll be the houseman then.

About this Item

[Industrial Folklore of Chicago]
Contributor Names
Algren, Nelsen (Interviewer)
Day, Davey (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Chicago, Illinois
Subject Headings
-  Life Histories
-  Folklore
-  Interview
-  United States -- Illinois -- Chicago
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A707
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Manuscript Division
Online Format
online text
Original Format

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any copyright in the documents in this collection. As far as is known, the documents were written by U.S. Government employees. Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States, although they may be under copyright in some foreign countries. The persons interviewed or whose words were transcribed were generally not employees of the U.S. Government. Privacy and publicity rights may apply.

Suggested credit line: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, WPA Federal Writers' Project Collection.

The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

Privacy and Publication

Issues pertaining to privacy and publicity may arise when a researcher contemplates the use of letters, diary entries, or reportage found in library collections. Because two or more people are often involved (e.g., photographer and subject) and because of the ease with which they can be reused, photographs and motion pictures represent the types of documents in which issues of privacy and publicity emerge with some frequency.

Privacy and publicity rights are, of course, distinct from copyright. For example, an advertiser may have the photographer's permission (as copyright owner) to use a portrait. But in order to avoid invading privacy, the advertiser may also need the sitter's permission to use the photograph. In fact, publishers sometimes ask photographers to submit a copy of a "release form" in order to establish that the subject of a photograph gave his or her consent.

Although the risks for use in a periodical's "editorial" pages may be less than for use in advertising or for other commercial purposes, they can still be high if the person depicted is held up to ridicule or presented in a libelous manner.

While it is true that famous or public figures who seek recognition have thereby surrendered some privacy, they may have the right to control the commercial use of their image (likeness, voice, signature, etc.). This principle recognizes that a celebrity's image can be an asset in trade.

For more on these and related topics, consult the following books:

Chernoff, George and Hershel Sarbin. Photography and the Law, NY: AMPHOTO, 1971. Library of Congress call number: KF2042.P45C44 1971.

Schultz, John and Barbara Schultz. Picture Research: A Practical Guide, NY: Van Nostrand, 1991. Library of Congress call number: TR147.S38 1991.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Algren, Nelsen, and Davey Day. Industrial Folklore of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, 1939. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Algren, N. & Day, D. (1939) Industrial Folklore of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Algren, Nelsen, and Davey Day. Industrial Folklore of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, 1939. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

More Books/Printed Material like this