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Catalog Number 2000:36
Collection Duquesne / National Works Oral History
Object Name Audio, Cassette
Title This is an oral history project consisting of audio taped interviews of former workers at the Duquesne and National Works.
Scope & Content This collection consists of sixteen interviews with former steelworkers. Of each taped interview one to two copies have been made for preservation purposes. Each individual interview has been given its own identification number based on chronological order beginning with the first interview. The tapes are in good condition, nonetheless, transcriptions have been made for better preservation. These are also included in the same storage area as the tapes.
Physical characteristics
Admin/Biographical History The Duquesne and National Works were key links in a network of large, fully integrated steel mills located in the Mon Valley / Beaver county region. These mills revolutionized the American iron and steel industry. The National site located in McKeesport had its origins during the "Iron City" era (1850-1880) which was one of the principle thematic eras identified by the Task Force. During the "Big Steel" era (1880-1930) the Duquesne site became one of the most important centers of technological innovation. Both sites operated throughout the history of steel making in the area as well as providing a rich source of information about the lives of steel workers both inside and outside the mills.

Oral histories with former employees provide irreplaceable information on technological changes, labor/ management issues and community life.
Dates of Creation July 1981; July - Aug. 1991 & Aug. 1992