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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 Antoinette Mauro, July 31, 2006

Biographical / Historical

Antoinette Irrera Mauro (ca. 1925- ) began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after she finished high school at the age of 18. She worked as a draughtswoman from 1943 until she was laid off just a few weeks after the war ended in 1945. Mauro was called back in 1947 and again in 1950. Her husband (Louis Mauro) worked at the Navy Yard after he came back from the War with blueprints and then in the technical library until the yard was decommissioned. Mauro left in 1951 when she was pregnant with her son.

Scope and Contents

In her interview, Antoinette Irrera Mauro (ca. 1925- ) details the work she did as a draughtswoman in the electrical department at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She emphasizes how nice her coworkers were, even though there were only two women working in her department of 27 workers. Mauro started working in Building 3 and later in Building 77 when her department was moved. She also discusses her commute, Yard security, friendships with coworkers and watching various ship launchings. Interview conducted by Jennifer Egan.

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
  • Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)

Subject Topics

  • Warships
  • Blueprints
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Security systems
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Draft -- New York (State) -- New York
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)