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Nosotras Trabajamos En La Costura

Nosotras Trabajamos En La Costura

“Nosotras Trabajamos en la Costura,” was an Oral History Task Force series from the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Oral History Task Force overall project, “Puerto Ricans in New York: Voices of Migration." Nosotras, recorded in 1984, focused on Puerto Rican women garment workers in New York. The result of the project, led to an award winning radio program and slideshow which also resulted in later elaborations for book projects such as Testimonial Discourse and Processes of Empowerment: Puerto Rican Women Speak written in 1991 and Pionera: Women’s Voices of the Early Puerto Rican Migration in 1994.

Items in this audio collection

Lucila Padron, Eva Monge, Lydia M. Gonzalez, Palmira Rios, et al.

Puerto Rican Women in the Garment Industry - four interviews conducted by Centro as part of the Puerto Rican New York Voices of the Migration.

Lucila Padron, Eva Monge, Lydia Milagros Gonzalez

Puerto Rican Women in the Garment Industry - four interviews conducted by Centro as part of the Puerto Rican New York Voices of the Migration. Side A includes testimonies of Lucila Padron and Eva Monge. Side B includes Lydia Milagros Gonzalez speaking on needlework in the 1920s-30s in Puerto Rico (in Spanish).

Radio Program

Radio program on Puerto Rican women working in the Garment Industry.

Puerto Rican Women in the U.S. Labor Force

Puerto Rican Women in the Garment Industry - four interviews conducted by Centro as part of the Puerto Rican New York Voices of the Migration.

Louise Delgado Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Louise Delgado. Delgado speaks about her work in the garment industry and the union. She explains the role and functions of shops and jobbers, and talks about how extensively the union worked to organize shops. She discusses the close-knit social life of union members and the rise of tensions between Italians and Puerto Ricans in East Harlem. Louise also talks about travelling and…

Louise Delgado Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Louise Delgado. Delgado speaks about her family, her childhood, growing up in New York and her children and grandchildren. She discusses her work organizing unions, travelling and the decline of union membership.

Louise Delgado was a garment worker and union representative of the ILGWU (International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union) and Local 22 (Dressmakers’ Union) in New…

Louise Delgado Interview, Tape 3

Interview with Louise Delgado. Delgado speaks about how she became the "Chair Lady" of her shop, what that entails, and the overall work and pay structure of the garment shops. She discusses the rise of piece work in Pennsylvania as a result of the closure of the coal mines, and how that impacted the work and pay in the shops in New York.

Note: at 00:07:13 [Side B] Gloria Maldonado begins…