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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 Veronica Kieffer, August 19, 1987

Biographical / Historical

Veronica Marino Kieffer (ca. 1920- ) worked at Sperry Gyroscope in Brooklyn with drill presses and gyroscopes. After Sperry moved to Long Island, Kieffer began working at the Navy Yard. While working at the Navy Yard, Kieffer lived in Sheepshead Bay.

Scope and Contents

During her interview, Veronica Marino Kieffer discusses her relationships with the other workers and her supervisors, her work cleaning and repairing binoculars, her Italian background, her family and the work she did before coming to the Navy Yard. In one instance, Kieffer was sent home for not wearing her hat while working on a drill press because of the danger of getting het hair caught in the machine. Interview conducted by Benjamin Filene.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Subject Names

  • Kieffer, Veronica Marino

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Sperry Gyroscope Company, inc

Subject Topics

  • Ethnicity
  • Friendship
  • Binoculars
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Wages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Immigrants

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Emigration and immigration