Richard Rowe interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-08
Richard Rowe, a business agent for Iron Workers Union (IWU) Local #63, discusses his background, his entrance into the iron working trade, his involvement in the IWU, labor history, and the current state of organized labor in America.
The Local IWU 63 Headquarters can be a bit noisy and this can be heard in the background. It's 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. NOTE: Except for photograph #3, taken at the 2001 IWU convention, the photographs pertaining to this interview and Rowe's historical exhibit for the IWU were all taken at IWU Local #63 Headquarters in Broadview, IL.
Recorded at the Iron Workers Union Local #63 Headquarters, Broadview, Illinois, July 8, 2011.
Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062: 00263) 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.