HIST 7B : Rosie the Riveter (ROHO digital collection)

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Guide to support S. Gold's History 7B sections.

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Rosie the Riveter (digital collection)

This collection identified as the source you will be using for your assignment was produced by the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) and is available via their website

ROHO is a research program of the University of California working within the Bancroft Library:  "ROHO conducts, teaches, analyzes and archives oral and video history documents in a broad variety of subject areas critical to the history of of California and the United States" . (more about ROHO).

Access to Collection :    lib.berkeley.edu > Libraries and collections A-Z link to the Bancroft Library Research Programs link to the Regional Oral History Office (then Go to the Regional Oral History Office website) > Use their Featured Projects menu to select Rosie the Riveter...

Rosie the Riveter World War II American Homefront Project:

Viewing the DVD Interview

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Doe Reference Collection | encyclopedias

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National Park Service

As noted on ROHO's website, the Rosie the Riveter project is in collaboration with the National Park Service.  The NPS has a website for their park in Richmond.  It includes an online exhibit of memorabilia and other content, that, while not your chosen source base, might provide useful background/context.

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