Iowa Labor History Oral Project

  General Information

The Iowa Labor History Oral Project is a collection of 1,100 oral history interviews with Iowa trade unionists.  Researchers can identify individual interviews by name, union, town, race, or gender of interviewee.  The collection covers all industrial cities in the state (Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, Sioux City, and Waterloo) and many smaller communities, particularly near coal mining regions.  Unionized trades and industries are represented in 75 occupational groups ranging from barbers, machinists, rubber workers, letter carriers, and teachers, to people employed by the railroads, in the building trades, or at farm equipment manufacturers.  For example, more than 200 interviews deal directly with the packinghouse industry in various locations around the state.  Consult the list of names to see if an index is available.  Eventually a complete and comprehensive index will be available for all of the interviews with release forms available.

  ILHOP Participants

           List of names, A-Z

           Key to Unions

           Oral History Interviews by Town