William McGleam interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-26
William "Bill" McGleam, IWU Local 63, talks about his background, his start as an iron worker, his career in the trade, labor unions, important building sites, and changes in the trade.
The Local IWU 63 headquarters can be 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.
Recorded at the Iron Workers Union Local #63 Headquarters, Broadview, Illinois, July 26, 2011.
Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062: 00258) 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.