Audio Recording Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20.

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Title
Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20.
Summary
Wally Ritch is a retired ironworker from Local 63, who also leads the retirees club for the Local. In the interview, we cover his background, his entrance in the trade, his career, changes in safety, and his views on the union and the labor movement.
Contributor Names
Ritch, Walter, 1944- interviewee.
Halker, Bucky, interviewer.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2011-07-20
Subject Headings
-  Ritch, Walter,--1944---Interviews
-  Apprenticeship programs
-  Blue collar workers
-  Collective bargaining
-  Corporations
-  Employees
-  Employees--Training of
-  Hazardous occupations
-  Industrial safety
-  Industrial relations
-  Job satisfaction
-  Labor contract
-  Labor unions
-  Professional associations
-  Quality of work life
-  Technical education
-  Technology
-  Trade schools
-  Vocational education
-  Vocational training centers
-  Wages
-  Work environment
-  Workmanship
-  Employee rights
-  Ironwork
-  Iron and steel workers--Middle West--Interviews
-  Iron and steel workers--Middle West--Social life and customs
-  Broadview (Ill.)--event place
Genre
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews
Oral histories
Personal narratives
Notes
-  The Local IWU 63 headquarters can be a bit noisy and this can be heard in the background. It is an industrial building for the most part, so the cooling and heating system is a regular problem. Occasionally, the building even generates a line noise that is impossible to keep off the recording. Sometimes you can also hear people in the office section talking and laughing or somebody will walk into the room.
-  Recorded at the Iron Workers Union Local #63 Headquarters, Broadview, Illinois, July 20, 2011.
-  Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062: 00250) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (0:22:00) : digital, sound.
2 photographs : digital, JPEG, color.
1 manuscript : DOC, text file.
Source Collection
Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2011/062: 00250
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afc2011062.afc2011062_00250_sr01
afc2011062.afc2011062_00250_ph
afc2011062.afc2011062_00250_ms01
Library of Congress Control Number
2017655510
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Description
Wally Ritch is a retired ironworker from Local 63, who also leads the retirees club for the Local. In the interview, we cover his background, his entrance in the trade, his career, changes in safety, and his views on the union and the labor movement.
LCCN Permalink
https://0-lccn.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/2017655510
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Credit line

Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Ritch, Walter, Interviewee, Bucky Halker, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, -07-20. -07-20, 2011. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655510/.

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Ritch, W., Halker, B. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2011) Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, -07-20. -07-20. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655510/.

MLA citation style:

Ritch, Walter, Interviewee, Bucky Halker, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Walter Ritch interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, -07-20. -07-20, 2011. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017655510/>.