Early Women Workers at the Bloomington RCA Plant 1990ohrc105

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington


Finding aid created by: Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002


Creator Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Title: Early Women Workers at the Bloomington RCA Plant
Dates: 1990
Quantity: 9 interviewsAudio files, transcripts, and collateral materials
Abstract: Interviewees discuss working at the Bloomington RCA plant from the 1940s until the plant's closing in 1978. They describe the unions, family life, immigration, Brown County farming, and work life.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030B. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. Contact archives@indiana.edu for more information. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains nine interviews conducted in 1990. All interviews consist of audio tapes but are not transcibed.


Restrictions

Usage Restrictions: The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.


Table of Contents


90-105 Archer, Pauline F. April 4, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 67 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Pauline F. Archer describes her childhood and family life. She discusses her experience at the Bloomington RCA plant and with the unions.
90-106 Burkhart, Freda Jane March 19, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 72 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Freda Jane Burkhart describes her experiences with the Bloomington RCA plant. She also discusses secretarial work and working for Indiana University.
90-107 Chestnutt, Jane February 27, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 80 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Jane Chestnutt describes what it was like to work at the Bloomington RCA plant. She discusses promotions, management work, and layoffs.
90-108 Greene, Ruth Ann April 10, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 74 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Ruth Anne Greene discusses working at the Bloomington RCA plant. She describes union organization, union work, and other women workers.
90-109 Henderson, Beatrice; Norris, Robert; Watson, Louis April 4, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 65 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Beatrice Henderson, Robert Norris, and Louis Watson discuss the Bloomington RCA plant. They describe union organizing and work. The interviewees also give job descriptions for some of the positions at the plant. Farming in Brown Country is also discussed.
90-110 Hoke, Joska April 3, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 81 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Joska Hoke describes the Bloomington RCA plant and changes that were made in the plant. She also discusses immigration to this country.
90-111 Hueston, Judith March 2, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 82 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Judith Hueston discusses management at the Bloomington RCA plant. She also talks about childhood in Bloomington.
90-112 Hunter, Alyce March 13, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 65 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Alyce Hunter discusses the Bloomington RCA plant. She describes unions, job segregation, and job descriptions.
90-113 Roll, Mary Frances February 21, 1990
CreatorCrosby, Emilye Not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 67 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Mary Frances Roll describes the Bloomington RCA plant. Some of the topics she covers are employment in Bloomington, Indiana, women's employment, and factory management.