The Paul A. Wagner Oral History Project is a collection of oral history interviews with retired trade union leaders and members of the National Capital Area Trade Union Retirees Club.
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1.875 Linear Feet
82 Sound Cassettes
The Paul A. Wagner Oral History Project is a collection that is comprised of 22 oral history transcripts of a total of 40 interviews recorded on 82 original audio cassettes of retired trade union leaders and members in the Washington, D.C. area. The interviews were conducted under the auspices of the National Capital Area Trade Union Retirees Club between 1994 and 2002 by Don R. Kienzle and James F. Shea. Some interviews were conducted under the auspices of The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training for The Labor Diplomacy Oral History Project.
Audio recordings and transcripts are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.
The National Capital Area Trade Union Retirees Club gave these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives in 2000 and 2003. The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.
Sarah Springer at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 2011. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2017, at which point Jennifer Eidson updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Jennifer Eidson also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.