The Boeing Oral History Project

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently awarded the Kansas Humanities Council an Archie Green Fellowship in support of “The Boeing Oral History Project.” In partnership with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, the project will record and preserve the stories of workers at the Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant and Wichita community members in advance of the plant’s closure in 2013.

KHC is one of five recipients of the fellowship named in honor of the late Archie Green, a prominent scholar of labor-related folklore. The Archie Green Fellowship supports independent research on the culture and traditions of American workers and the creation and preservation of digital archival materials for future use by researchers and the public.

The fellowship will fund the collection of oral history interviews with Boeing machinists, engineers, and office staff, as well as city officials and other community members to record the impact of the plant’s closure on the “Air Capital of the World.” The interviews and transcripts will be archived in Wichita as well as the American Folklife Center in Washington DC.

Boeing interview

Briana O’Higgins interviews Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer for the Boeing Oral History Project.

Click here to listen to an interview about the project with KMUW Public Radio in Wichita.

Find out more about the Boeing Oral History Project by contacting the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum at (316) 265-9314.