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Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting

Founded in 1791, Paterson, New Jersey, "the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America," was the first planned industrial center in the US. In 1994, the Library of Congress American Folklife Center conducted an occupational culture study resulting in a collection of many hours of recorded interviews of Paterson residents and thousands of photos, documents, and other materials. There are over 600 items in the collection that document the textile industry in Paterson such as an audio clip of Sydney Carroll, talking about his work in a textile mill as a "beamer," where he joined rolls of fabric to make one giant roll. Other featured topics are foods in Paterson, from Hot Texas Wieners and sweet potato pie to Italian delis and bakeries; Paterson's African-American community; businesses along 21st Avenue; and Watson Machine International.
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May 31st, 2002
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April 7th, 2003 at 5:37pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 5:37pm
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