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Sound recording of interview with laborer Fred Devita conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. After graduating with a degree in engineering in 1934, Fred Devita began work on the Golden Gate Bridge as a laborer. He worked on the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges between 1934 and 1937 in a variety of capacities, including paint scraper, sandblaster, materials man, timekeeper, field engineer, and rigger. In this interview Divita describes his early life and education, his experiences on the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, his experiences working in construction on Midway Island during WW II, and his subsequent career as an engineer and Vice President of the J.H. Pomeroy Company.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)--Design and construction Bridges--Design and construction--Employees Blue collar workers--United States--History--20th century Divita, Fred. A
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