Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC305
Accession Number: 08-021
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 305
Creators: Gough, Robert (Robert J.)
Title: At Work in Chippewa Falls Oral Histories
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1/2 archives box)
Location of Collection: A10/3d
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: This collection includes nine transcripts of interviews with relatives and employees of the key industries in Chippewa Falls.
Biographical / Historical Note
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the county seat for Chippewa County, was incorporated as a city in 1869. The location attracted large numbers of immigrants to work in the sawmills and logging camps. Lumbering was the main industry until the major sawmill closed in 1911. Over time, various family or small businesses developed into full-fledged industries that contributed to the growth of the city. Of particular significance are the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery (established in1867), Mason Shoe Manufacturing (1904), Crane Lumber (1920), Chippewa Plastics (1948), and Cray Research, Inc., an early computing company (1972).
This small collection includes transcripts of nine interviews with relatives and employees of key industries in Chippewa Falls. Conducted by Robert Gough between May and July 1991, the oral histories appear to have been the basis for the historical exhibit at the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology. Businesses discussed include Amoco, Chippewa Plastics, Cray Research, Inc., Crane Lumber Company, Mason Shoe Manufacturing, and Leinenkugel Brewery. Interviews vary in length, from 6 to 25 pages. Interviewees discuss how companies came to be located in Chippewa Falls, what the atmosphere was like in the early years, how the businesses expanded or evolved over time, and the gendered division of labor.
Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire by Robert Gough in July 2007.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: At Work in Chippewa Falls Oral Histories. UHC305. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in July 2007.
OCLC #: 180994645
Chippewa Plastics (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Crane Lumber Company (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Cray Research, Inc. (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Leinenkugel Brewery (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Mason Shoe Manufacturing (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Subject Terms: Industry—Wisconsin—Chippewa Falls
Geographical Terms: Chippewa Falls, Wis. – History