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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Clarence Irving, September 26, 2008

Biographical / Historical

Clarence Irving (1924- ) grew up in New York and Washington, DC. His father worked in the Newport News shipyard. Irving moved from DC to New York to live with his brother and became a machinist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Scope and Contents

During his interview, Clarence Irving (1924- ) talks about his family and educational background before coming to work at the Navy Yard. He says that the best option at the time for African Americans was to work for the federal government because there was less discrimination and more protection for minority employees. He also talks about his work as a machinist, describing the facilities he worked in and the tools he used, as well as working conditions, yard safety, accidents and security. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard

Subject Topics

  • Accidents
  • African Americans
  • Baseball -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Warships
  • Neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race discrimination
  • Security systems
  • Shipbuilding -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Washington (D.C.)