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Guide to the Lower East Side Oral History Project OH.033

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Unattributed Tamiment staff, David Olson, and Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 23, 2016
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Finding aid notes written by David Olson, adapting content from MARC record by unattributed NYU staff and consulting with Rachel Bernstein. Inventory of interviews compiled by Heather Mulliner. 2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bernstein, Rachel Amelia, 1953-
Creator: Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Creator: Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring.
Title: Lower East Side Oral History Project
Dates [inclusive]: 1984-1995
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1991-1995
Abstract: The Lower East Side Oral History Project was undertaken between 1991-1995 to document immigrant life and work on New York City's Lower East Side. Rachel Bernstein, with the New York University Program in Public History, organized collaborations with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Henry Street Settlement House, and the Workmen's Circle to collect interviews. Topics covered by the interviews include growing up in tenements, family life, ethnic identities, religion, paid and unpaid work, small businesses, union activity, and political activism. Interviews were conducted by NYU graduate students in Bernstein's Oral History and Public History classes. Interviews are generally accompanied by indices and the interviewer's session notes. Many have been transcribed, as well.
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet in 1 record carton and 10 card catalog drawers
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: OH.033