Oral history interview with Littleton Gardner
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mr. Gardner was a dining car waiter from 1953 to 1970 on the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was on the Mainstreeter train (no. 1) for two years before serving on the North Coast train (no. 25 and no. 26). He went to Minneapolis Community College while with the railroad and afterward finished a B.A. degree in the 1970s. After he left the railroad he opened a cleaning plant, which he operated for five years. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Gardner lists dining car personnel: administration, commissary crew, accounting dept., kitchen crew and wait crew; hiring process, waiter training, meals, racial make-up of personnel; dining car union Local 516, rule infractions and hearings; inspectors; pay, benefits, and leave; community perception of railroad workers. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: This interview was created for use in the Minnesota Historical Society publication Dining Car Line to the Pacific.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
19 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:19:54 running time
Creation Interviewee: Gardner, Littleton
Interviewer: Kaplan, Anne R.
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 05/10/1988
Credit Line Digitized with support from the Ken and Nina Rothchild Endowed Fund for Business History and Women's History.
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 31
Accession Number AV1993.174
More Info MHS Library Catalog

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