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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 Leo Skolnick, August 14, 1987

Biographical / Historical

Leo Skolnick (1909- ) worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1936 until 1948, when he left to study design and worked for several naval architects. He began working as an apprentice, and then as a sketcher in a sheet metal shop where shop drawings got fabricated. By the time Skolnick left the Yard, he was coordinating design drawings and supervising 200 to 300 workers.

Scope and Contents

In his interview, Leo Skolnick (1909- ) details his job as a sketcher and supervisor of shop drawings at the Navy Yard. He also talks about several workplace accidents, working conditions, and feeling pride in his work at the Yard. 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 Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)
  • Iowa (Battleship)
  • Franklin (Aircraft carrier)

Subject Topics

  • Warships
  • Friendship
  • Accidents
  • Supervisors
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)