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Catalog Number 1998:36
Collection Movement of Unemployed Oral History Project
Object Name Audio, Cassette
Title Robert L. Anderson- Steelworker Lore Oral History
Scope & Content The material contained in this record group cover the years 1991-1996, with the bulk of the material from 1991-1993. The material is arranged into 5 series: Reports,Correspondence, Recorded Subjects, Visual images, and Miscellaneous materials.

Recorded Subject files contain the following (with a few minor exceptions): Transcript, biographical data sheet, release form, and recording log.
Subject Mike Bonn did not sign a release form.
Subjects Mike and Dolores Nash were interviewed at the same time and share a transcript.
The Miscellaneous Section is large and divided into the following categories: Miscellaneous- Robert Anderson Personal, Miscellaneous- Fieldwork Materials, Miscellaneous- Budget.
Transcripts from 49 interviews comprise the bulk of the collection, which also includes 66 audio tapes stored separately in the audio cabinet.
9 Transcript files are saved on a CD in pdf format.
The collection includes 36 Black & White photographs labeled SL-B1 to SL-B36, and 2 color prints labeled SL-P37 and SL-P38.
Physical characteristics
Admin/Biographical History Steel Industry Heritage Corporation funded Robert Anderson's Steelworker Lore- "Movement of Unemployed project. From 1991- 1993 Anderson conducted interviews with49 individuals including 2 interviews of himself (one self-recorded, the other by Mast). He recorded their views and experiences with deindustrialization of the 1980s, and the New Left.
Transcription and editing of these interviews began in 1995, and concluded in 1996. No work was conducted by Anderson on this project in 1994.
The interviews were collected to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the New American Left, as well as a record of voices from a grass roots movement. Information fell into the following categories: 1.) Union members native to the region. 2.) The Left organizers(individuals with a vision and a plan behind their actions). 3.) New Organizers(those influenced by the above two groups). 4.)Others, including clergy, public officials, and lawyers, who were part of the movement.
The author originally intended to include many more interviews, but was unable to gain cooperation from these individuals. Anderson attributes this to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, and the timing of the project whereas some subjects indicated a safe distance had not been reached.
The interviews were conducted across class, gender, and racial lines.
Dates of Creation 1991-1996