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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 Catherine Sarnowski, November 4, 1987

Biographical / Historical

Catherine Sarnowski (ca. 1920- ) lived in the Bronx while working as a welder at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. She began as a tack welder and later was promoted to first class.

Scope and Contents

In this brief interview, Catherine Sarnowski (ca. 1920- ) discusses her work as a welder, her long commute, working conditions at the Navy Yard, day trips and training for the job. She also talks about her experience working the night shift while going to school during the day. 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

  • Sarnowski, Catherine Hennings

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard

Subject Topics

  • Ethnicity
  • Friendship
  • Welding
  • Shipbuilding -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Accidents
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • United States -- Armed Forces -- Civilian employees
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.)