Eleanor "Lee" Swent
Eleanor "Lee" Swent : An Oral History
Interview conducted by Paul Burnett in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of
California, Berkeley, 2013.
Eleanor “Lee” Swent was the lead interviewer for ROHO’s Western Mining in the Twentieth
Century Oral History Project. In this interview Lee reflects on the origins of the series, the
importance of preserving mining history, and her life in various mining communities.
This interview was conducted on October 29, 2013 in order to provide a coda to all of the
previous work on the Western Mining in the Twentieth Century project, and to orient new
research and interviews in this ongoing project. Mrs. Swent organized the series together with
Willa Baum, Langan Swent, and Douglas Fuerstenau and many others in the mid-1980s. By
2013, over 106 interviews have been recorded and made available to the public through this
project. Thanks in part to her efforts as well, the endowment for the project will ensure that the
series will continue long into the future.
See also Langan W. Swent with Eleanor "Lee" Swent, Volume 2
Working for Safety and Health in Underground Mines; San Luis and Homestake Mining Companies; 1946-1988. 1996, Two volumes, 1007 pp.