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OH182 Edith Whitaker Oral History

Edith Whitaker Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – World War II

Series Number: OH182

Interviewee: Whitaker, Edith

Interviewer: Judy Graves

Date interviewed: March 17, 1996

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in September of 2012.>

Date processed: September 19, 2012>

Description: 1 sound disc (38 minutes)

Abstract: Edith Whitaker discusses her experiences while working for the Ken-Rad Tube Manufacturing Corporation at Owensboro, Kentucky between 1939 and 1945. She explains why she sought employment and described the working conditions at the factory. The interview concluded with her mentioning the limited benefits and some personal anecdotes.

Biographical / Historical note: Edith Whitaker was born in 1921 in Owensboro, Kentucky.  She was the youngest of seven children and graduated high school in 1939. After graduation, she was hired at Ken-Rad Tube Manufacturing Corporation. She periodically worked at the plant during the Second World War. She left Ken-Rad when labor unions were introduced to the plant in 1945.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:>

Whitaker, Edith, 1921–>

Ken-Rad Tube Manufacturing Corporation (Owensboro, Ky.)

Owensboro (Ky.) – Business, industries, and trades – Vacuum-tubes.>

Owensboro (Ky.) – History.