Northwest Women's History Project records and interviews

Interview with Ree F. Adkins [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Ree F. Adkins [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Ree F. Adkins [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Dorothy R. Anderson [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Dorothy R. Anderson [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Doris Avshalomov [Transcript] Interview with Doris Avshalomov [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Doris Avshalomov [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Doris Avshalomov [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Kay Baker [Transcript] Interview with Kay Baker [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Kay Baker [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Kay Baker [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Reva E. Baker [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Reva E. Baker [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Reva E. Baker [Sound Recording 04] Interview with Helen E. Berggren [Transcript] Interview with Helen E. Berggren [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Helen E. Berggren [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Helen E. Berggren [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Kay Blair [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Kay Blair [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Carrie Chapman [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Carrie Chapman [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Betty B. Cleator [Sound Recording 01] Interview with Betty B. Cleator [Sound Recording 02] Interview with Betty B. Cleator [Sound Recording 03] Interview with Betty B. Cleator [Sound Recording 04]
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Identity elements

Reference code

Coll 883

Name and location of repository

Level of description

Collection

Title

Northwest Women's History Project records and interviews

Date(s)

  • 1978-1981 (Creation)
  • 1943-2021 (Creation)

Extent

2.75 cubic feet; 2 record cartons; 3 oversize folders (12x15); 1 oversize folder (30x42); 59 audiocassettes

Name of creator

Administrative history

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/.

Physical access

Technical access

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

  • English

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

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

Accruals

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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.

Related descriptions

Notes element

General note

Preferred citation: Northwest Women's History Project records, Coll 883, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Description control element

Rules or conventions

Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

Sources used

Archivist's note

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.

Archivist's note

Sarah Stroman and Jeffrey A. Hayes

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