Philadelphia Maritime Museum

Labor on the Delaware Project collection, 1974–1981.
3 boxes, FIX (7.5 linear feet).
About Philadelphia Maritime Museum’s Labor on the Delaware Project

Labor on the Delaware: The Longshoremen Experience was originally a documentary film project in the early 1980s sponsored by the Philadelphia Maritime Museum with the cooperation of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291, Southwark House, and Temple University. The project received a grant from the Public Committee for the Humanities in Pennsylvania. The project director was Ed Kirlin. The project’s aim was to document the history and experiences of Longshoremen on the Delaware over the previous 80 years. The project staff taped interviews with active and retired Longshoremen, and union and port officials.

About the collection

This is a collection of materials related to the Labor on the Delaware project. Items include: audiocassette tapes and reel to reel audio tapes of interviews recorded in 1980 and 1981; slides, negatives, and prints of longshoremen, yards, and newspaper clippings; 16 mm film reels, presumably of unedited footage and of news clips on longshoremen; and a 16 mm sound track reel. Papers in the collection include: transcriptions of some of the interviews; shooting scripts; interview plans and lists of interviewees; correspondence; grant records; budgets; and permission release forms.

Types of material
  • Audiocassettes
  • Interviews
  • Motion pictures
  • Negatives (Photographic)
  • Slides (Photographs)
  • Sound recordings
  • Transcripts
Reference files
  • Delaware River (?)
  • Longshoremen (Dock Workers)
  • Port of Philadelphia
  • ?Philadelphia Docks and Wharves
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