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James (Jim) Fite Oral History

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: R0171-JFI
This collection consists of 1 DVD of a digital video recording. The DVD documents an oral history interview with James (Jim) Fite, labor activist and former White Lung Association (WLA) Executive Director and National Secretary. The interview was conducted by Bill Barry, labor activist, on December 10, 2018 and includes discussion of Fite’s work at the Baltimore Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard and his work with the White Lung Association. The interview also discusses Fite’s efforts to save and preserve the records of the White Lung Association. The collection also includes 1 paper copy list of questions for the interview.

Dates

  • 2018 December 10

Creator

Language of Materials

Oral history interview was conducted in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Contact Special Collections and Archives for more information. This collection contains audio-visual and digital materials that may need further processing or special equipment to allow use. Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff for more information.

Usage Restrictions

The creator retains all rights; Special collections and Archives provides viewing access only. Contact staff for more information.

Extent

0.2 Linear feet (2 items) : DVD and paper

Abstract

This collection contains a video oral history interview with James (Jim) Fite, labor activist and former White Lung Association (WLA) Executive Director and National Secretary. The interview was conducted by Bill Barry, labor activist in 2018.

Biographical Note

James (Jim) Fite is the former White Lung Association (WLA) Executive Director and National Secretary. He is a labor activist. Born in Oklahoma, Fite began work in Baltimore, Maryland as a machinist at the Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard in 1979 and continued working there for a number of years. The White Lung Association was formed in 1979 to protect workers in the steel, auto, and shipyard industries. It was a worker-led nonprofit based in Baltimore. They advocated for laborers exposed to asbestos, a deadly, naturally-occurring silicate used in building and manufacturing and educated the public regarding the hazards of asbestos exposure. The group successfully helped change national, state, and local laws concerning asbestos.

Information for this historical note came from the interview in this collection, news articles, and the historical note from the White Lung Association Records.

Arrangement

Collection is organized as an inventory.

Custodial History

A refrence copy of the interview was given to Special Collections and Archives by Bill Barry on July 15, 2019.

Related Materials

Additional related collections held by the UB Special Collections and Archives include The White Lung Association Records.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and the digital recording was preserved by Laura Bell and Fatemeh Rezaei. Completed in July 2019.

Creator

Title
James (Jim) Fite Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Laura Bell
Date
July 2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Finding aid title revised

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

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