Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Jack Rosston: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Rosston, Jack
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Jack Rosston: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Jack Rosston was born in 1921 in San Francisco, where he spent his childhood. He later attended in the University of California, Berkeley where he would remain a dedicated member of the university’s Alumni Association, eventually serving as the alumni representative on the Board of Regents. In this interview, Rosston recalls memories of San Francisco during the Great Depression. A temporary job with a New Deal agency, the National Youth Administration (NYA) allowed him to start attending the University. In this interview, Rosston shares memories of life on campus as a student at the outset of the war, including memories of various student reactions to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Rosston later joined the US Army, where he was stationed on the home front for the duration of the war before returning to California where he became active in Commerce, Industry, and Labor and in volunteering on behalf of the University. In the last section he recalls various aspects of fundraising for UC and for the libraries in particular.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2011
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Rosston, Jack. "Jack Rosston: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.