Sheets, Structural-Steel Worker (Riveting). Job Descriptions for the Construction Industry


This typescript has the job description for a structural-steel worker who does riveting. The United States government has been publishing volumes giving job descriptions from at least the time of World War I, when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics prepared for the United States Employment Service several books giving “descriptions of occupations” for such areas as logging camps and sawmills, water transportation, and textiles and clothing.

The Employment Service published a new series of volumes in the 1930s. For example, in 1936 there appeared a five-volume set entitled Job Descriptions for the Construction Industry. The fifth volume in the set included on p. 1197 a description of the job of a riveter. This is a typed copy of that description.


United States Employment Service, Job Descriptions for the Construction Industry, vol.5, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1936. The volume (as well as others in the series) is available online – accessed March 31, 2020.

Date Made: c 1940

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Mathematics, Psychological Tests

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Credit Line: Gift of David Gold

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0710.73Catalog Number: 1989.0710.73Accession Number: 1989.0710

Object Name: set of sheets

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 21.5 cm x 28 cm; 8 15/32 in x 11 1/32 in


Record Id: nmah_692566

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