Name and location of repository
Level of description
Northwest Women's History Project records and interviews
- 1978-1981 (Creation)
- 1943-2021 (Creation)
2.75 cubic feet; 2 record cartons; 3 oversize folders (12x15); 1 oversize folder (30x42); 59 audiocassettes
Name of creator
The Northwest Women's History Project was founded in 1978 in Portland, Oregon. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, it worked on a project to conduct oral histories with women who had worked in Portland-area shipyards during World War II, whose histories the organization felt had not been properly represented. The organization ultimately conducted in-depth interviews with more than 30 women, and in 1982 released a touring presentation, titled "Good Work, Sister!," featuring the interviews and a slideshow.
The organization's later projects included gathering materials to celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt's 100th birthday; sponsoring an audio historical walking tour of downtown Portland; and re-releasing "Good Work, Sister!" on DVD. The organization dissolved in 2021.
Sources: Oregonian articles, 1979-1988; collection materials.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
This collection consists of the records of Northwest Women's History Project and audio recordings of oral history interviews the organization conducted with women who had worked in shipyards in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, during World War II.
Digitized materials available online in OHS Digital Collections consist of the interview audio recordings and, when available, completed interview transcripts. The interviews explore issues such as sexual harassment, sexism and racism in unions and on the job, child care, on-the-job training, and life after the war.
Undigitized materials available for use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library consist of the Northwest Women's History Project records in the collection. The bulk of these records relate to the interviews with women shipyard workers and a resulting presentation, titled "Good Work, Sister!" The records include grant documents, telephone questionnaires, transcripts and excerpts of in-person interviews, photographic slides of interviewees who were featured in "Good Work, Sister!" and photographs and records relating to "Good Work, Sister!" events. Also included are some photographs, clippings, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to women shipyard workers in World War II. Other undigitized materials include administrative records, materials relating to the organization's later projects, and materials about the re-release of "Good Work, Sister!" on DVD.
System of arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by surname of Interviewee.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Copyright to interview recordings is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
Conditions governing reproduction
The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses.
Copyright to other materials in the collection has not been determined, and use may require additional authorization from copyright holders.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Gifts of the Northwest Women's History Project, circa 1985 and November 2021 (Lib. Acc. 29136; RL2021-090; RL2021-095).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Additional records and materials relating to "Good Work, Sister!" are held at Vanport Mosaic, Portland, Oregon.
Preferred citation: Northwest Women's History Project records, Coll 883, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.
Each audio recording in this collection has been assigned an individual sound recording (SR) number by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. Seventeen of the interview recordings, numbers SR 9069 to SR 9086, were previously cataloged individually under sound recording number prior to full processing of this collection in 2022.
Sarah Stroman and Jeffrey A. Hayes