Listen to excerpts from the OLOHP Collection:
- Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 757
- International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 43
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48
- Oregon Education Association (OEA)
Recording in full the personal recollections of sisters and brothers who have ‘been through it, and seen it all’, the Oregon Labor Oral History Program (OLOHP) preserves the collective history of labor unions and work life with a growing collection of over 800 hours of recordings.
In the 1980s, AFL-CIO’s Nellie Fox Edwards began interviewing union friends and colleagues. The tapes ended up at the Oregon Historical Society, becoming part of an oral history collection that aimed to include “Labor” as a subject of major focus.
This vital work of preservation is now being carried forward by participants in the Oregon Labor Oral History Program, in affiliation with the PNLHA.
For more information about sponsoring an oral history or to volunteer for interviewing, research, or transcribing, contact: Carolyn Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Strassmaier email@example.com