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Working in Paterson

Occupational history projects have been popular for decades, and authors like Studs Terkel helped bring the subject into the mainstream. In 1994, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress embarked on a four-month project to study the occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey. The site was furtive ground, and Paterson is considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. This online project brings together some of the documents from this intensive investigation, including 470 interview excerpts and 3,882 photographs. On the homepage, visitors can look at historical maps of the study area, and read thematic essays like "African American Family Business" and "Narratives of Work". Visitors can search through the collection at their leisure or also perform an advanced search across all of the materials here. Additionally, the site also has audio excerpts from some of the interviews, and these can be browsed alphabetically.
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