A Man and His Work

Streaming Media

Document Type


Publication Date


Original Format

16mm film


This digital access copy is for educational use only. It cannot be copied, distributed or screened for commercial purposes. It is made accessible because of one or more of the following situations: the rights are owned by State Board of Higher Education, on behalf of Portland State University; Portland State University has permission to make it accessible; it is made accessible for education and research purposes under "fair use"; or there are no known restrictions on use. In the event that previously unknown information is shared that may change the status of this item, it will be immediately removed from public view until pertinent rights issues are clarified.

Contact Special Collections at Portland State University Library at: specialcollections@pdx.edu or (503) 725-9883


A short film showing scenes from a typical day's work for the foreman of the City of Portland sewer department and emergency maintenance crew. In his own words, the foreman describes the crew's work, his career move from crew member to foreman and its implications, the relationship of mutual responsibility between city workers and taxpayers, and the important role of rank and file workers in providing essential city services.


A film by Jack Sanders. Produced by the Center for the Moving Image, Portland State University, with a grant from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Special Fund Committee.

Produced in cooperation with Al Gallap, Emergency Crew Foreman, Sewer Maintenance Division, City of Portland Department of Public Works.

Film to digital transfer by Gary Lacher of Movie Preservation, coordinated by Heather O. Petrocelli with financial support from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

Persistent Identifier