Summary Information
Title: Electrical Workers of Western Pennsylvania Oral History Project
Collection Number: AIS.1991.15

Collection Dates: 1976-1977
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection of cassette tapes contains interviews with electrical workers from the General Electric plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These interviews contain information about working conditions, discrimination, company resistance to unionization, and the red-baiting of union organizers. The cassettes were copied for the Archives Service Center by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

June 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Zachary L. Brodt.
History

This collection of cassette tapes contains interviews with electrical workers from the General Electric plant in Erie, Pa., and the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh, Pa. The interviews were conducted by University of Pittsburgh doctoral candidate Ronald W. Schatz in 1976-1977 and used to complete his 1983 book The Electrical Workers: a History of Labor at General Electric and Westinghouse, 1923-1960. The cassettes were copied for the Archives Service Center by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

These interviews with retired electrical workers contain information about working conditions, discrimination, company resistance to unionization, and the red-baiting of union organizers at the General Electric plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Westinghouse plant in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Many of the interviews have been transcribed by the Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh, and are present in Box 1 of the collection.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by the subject's last name.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Electric industry workers

Corporate Names
  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Personal Names
  • Balent, Marie Downey
  • Clarke, Maxine
  • Copeland, Charles E.
  • Doutt, Anna
  • Doutt, Norman
  • Gides, Emery L.
  • Heberlin, Joseph
  • Kacsmarek, Hattie
  • Lehan, Edward
  • Meer, Rose
  • Mikalowski, Philip
  • Modran, George
  • O'Connor, Patrick
  • Peeler, William H.
  • Pugliano, Frank J.
  • Quinn, Thomas J.
  • Rath, Eugene
  • Rice, Charles Owen, 1908-2005
  • Samokar, Michael
  • Smith, Alice
  • Smith, Dave
  • Stasik, Margaret Darin
  • Winn, William
  • Yeager, Otto

Locations
  • Erie (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Genres/Forms
  • Oral histories (Document genres)

Category
  • Labor

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1991.

Preferred Citation:

Electrical Workers of Western Pennsylvania Oral History Project, 1976-1977, AIS.1991.15, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Zachary L. Brodt in December 2007.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Location of Original Documents:

The tapes within this collection are copies of the originals which belong to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission of the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Related Material:

The Electrical Workers: a History of Labor at General Electric and Westinghouse, 1923-1960 by Ronald W. Schatz is available at the Archives Service Center under call number HD8039.E32 U67 1983.

American electrical workers : work, struggles, aspirations, 1930-1950 by Ronald W. Schatz is available at the Archives Service Center in the University Archives Theses.

Separated Material:
Cassette tapes of the interviews can be found in Audio Cassette Cabinet 3/5.


Collection Inventory

Box 1
Folder 1 Balent, Marie Downey, March 9, 1977
Folder 2 Clarke, Maxine, August 17, 1976
Folder 3 Copeland, Charles E., May 14, 1977
Folder 4 Heberlin, Joseph, August 8, 1976
Folder 5 Hill, Edith (pseudonym), August 16, 1976
Folder 6 Meer, Rose, March 18, 1977
Folder 7 Mikalowski, Philip (pseudonym), August 17, 1976
Folder 8 O'Connor, Patrick, May 7, 1977
Folder 9 Peeler, William H., April 20, 1977
Folder 10 Quinn, Thomas J., April 14, 1977
Folder 11 Stasik, Margaret Darin, January 7, 1977
Folder 12 Yeager, Otto, January 6, 1977
Cassette 1 Balent, Marie Downey, March 9, 1977
Cassette 2 Clarke, Maxine, August 17, 1976
Cassette 3 Copeland, Charles E., May 14, 1977
Cassette 4 Doutt, Anna, August 16, 1976
Cassette 05-06 Doutt, Norman, August 16, 1976
Cassette 07-08 Gides, Emery L., August 19, 1976
Cassette 09-10 Hill, Edith (pseudonym), August 16, 1976
Cassette 11 Heberlin, Joseph, August 8, 1976
Cassette 12 Kacsmarek, Hattie, August 19, 1976
Cassette 13 Lehan, Edward, August 8, 1976
Cassette 14 Meer, Rose, March 18, 1977
Cassette 15 Mikalowski, Philip (pseudonym), August 17, 1976
Cassette 16-17 Modran, George, December 15, 1976
Cassette 18 O'Connor, Patrick, May 7, 1977
Cassette 19-20 Peeler, William H., April 20, 1977
Cassette 21 Pugliano, Frank J., April 28, 1977
Cassette 22-25 Quinn, Thomas J., April 14, 1977
Cassette 26 Rath, Eugene, April 26, 1977
Cassette 27 Rice, Msgr. Charles Owen, May 10, 1977
Cassette 28-29 Samokar, Michael, August 17, 1976
Cassette 30 Smith, Alice and Dave, August 16, 1976
Cassette 31 Stasik, Margaret Darin, January 7, 1977
Cassette 32-34 Winn, William, August 20, 1976
Cassette 35 Yeager, Otto, January 6, 1977