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Guide to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Oral History Collection OH.021

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 10, 2021
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Megan O’Shea for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description, and to reflect addition of box numbers to individual interviews  , May 2021

Scope and Contents

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Oral History Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Black people who worked as sleeping car porters and were members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. The interviews date from the 1970s to the 1990s and were conducted in New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and Los Angeles, California. The narrators discuss their family background, their emigration from the southern United States (US) to the northern US, and their experiences working for the Pullman Company. The interviews cover race relations in the labor movement, segregation within the American Federation of Labor, and civil rights in the early to mid 20th century.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format of material, and then by alphabetical order by narrator's last name.