Oregon Labor Oral History Program

Listen to excerpts from the OLOHP Collection:
Capturing Our Labor History

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.


Portland Firefighters Association IAFF Local 43 president Alan Feschweiler with Jim Strassmaier and Carolyn Matthews of OLOHP (PNLHA).

 In the 1980s, former officer of the Oregon AFL-CIO 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 matthews.carolyn.k@comcast.net or Jim Strassmaier strassj19@gmail.com

OLOHP interviews are accessible for listening and reading at the Oregon Historical Society