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Campus Unrest at NIU

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Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County

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History of NIU Foundation, February 7, 1987

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Oral History, 1979-2008 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Oral History, 1979-2008

Predominant Dates:1979-2008

ID: RHC/UA/53/

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1979

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Oral History Collection is comprised of ten separate oral history projects.  Some of the oral history projects are quite large, such as Town-Gown Relations in DeKalb (OH-2, containing 43 interviews) and Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County (OH-3, containing 34 interviews).  Two collections, NIU Biographies (OH-4) and Regional Histories (OH-9), contain only one interview each, as of 2009.

In most cases the original oral history cassette interviews are available for listening.  In other cases, such as the Burlington Railroad Strike Collection (OH-7), only the transcripts are available [and these are located in RC 217].  Many of the other oral history interviews have only abstracts which highlight and summarize the questions and answers.  A reference assistant will aid researchers who wish to listen to the interviews on the tape recorder.

In some instances the researcher can find supplemental materials included with the collections.  Addition information may also be found in other University Archives and Regional History Collections  – please ask a staff member for assistance.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: The Regional History Center holds all property rights; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Glen Gildemeister

Acquisition Method: Glen Gildemeister began the acquisition of the oral histories in this collection during his tenure as University Archivist, 1979-2007.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Campus Unrest at NIU],
[Series 2: Town-Gown Relations in DeKalb],
[Series 3: Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County],
[Series 4: NIU Biographies],
[Series 5: History of NIU Foundation, February 7, 1987],
[Series 6: Workers at Wurlitzer During World War II],
[Series 7: Burlington Railroad Strike Collection],
[Series 8: NIU Centennial Histories],
[Series 9: Regional Histories],
[All]

Series 1: Campus Unrest at NIU

INTRODUCTION

This oral history series came about after NIU student Denise Boiselle conducted eleven interviews on the subject of campus unrest and wrote a paper for a 1979 research seminar entitled, “Campus Unrest at Northern Illinois University, May 1970: Community Response and Reaction.”  Her paper and the accompanying taped interviews were donated to the Regional History Center.  In the fall of 1990, Joan Biebel, as part of an oral history class project, conducted three interviews and wrote a paper, which are also a part of this series.

Property rights in the series belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.  There are no restrictions on access to these materials.

DESCRIPTION

The first eleven interviews were conducted by Denise Boiselle in the fall of 1979, nine years after the student disturbances occurred.  They represent an interesting cross-section of key figures at NIU from that time: six faculty members, three students, one police officer, plus one DeKalb businessman.  The same thirteen questions were asked of each respondent, who discussed his personal viewpoint on the Cambodian incursion, campus violence, the reactions of police, townspeople, students and administrators, and the effects of these incidents on university-community relations.  The concluding three interviews were conducted by Joan Biebel in November of 1990.

Researchers should note that the inventory includes a brief identification of each respondent.  Within the collection, there is an abstract for each interview which highlights and summarizes the questions and answers.  All the interviews, except for one, have been transcribed, and all have cassette tapes.  A copy of the papers written by Boiselle and by Biebel based on these interviews are included in folder 1 b.

The University Archives contains additional information on the topics covered in the interviews.  For further information please see the University Archives Guide.

File Drawer 1
Folder 1a: Inventory; articles: "President Smith speaks to a troubles campus;" "NIU - May, 1970"; Student demonstration photographs
Folder 1b: Papers: "Campus Unrest at Northern Illinois University, May 1970: Community Response and Reaction," by Denise Boiselle (2 copies); "Campus Disturbances: A Retrospective Look at NIU, Spring, 1970," by Joan Biebel (2 copies), Summer 1970; June 1970; December 1979; Fall 1990
Folder OH 1.1: Arra Garab, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Faculty in English Department, attended demonstrations as a spectator. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 44.5 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.2: P. Allan Dionisopoulos, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Faculty in Political Science Department and a member of the Political Science committee responsible for the  determination of Roman's faculty status. [abstract, transcript, and1 tape, 32 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.3: John Boardman, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
DeKalb resident, businessman and witness of several demonstrations, testified at Horsely hearings.  [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 38.5 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.4: Charles Battista, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
A former student and witness of several campus demonstrations. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 15.5 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.5: William Little, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Former student and participant and observer of several demonstrations. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 20 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.6: Sean Shesgreen, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Faculty in English Department and observer of several demonstrations.  [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 48 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.7: William Beik, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November  1979
Faculty in History Department, testified at the Horsely Hearings. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 26 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.8: Earl Hayter, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall  1979
Faculty in  History Department, witnessed some of the demonstrations. [abstract only, and 1 tape, 60.5 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.9: Michael Connelly, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Former student and participant in several demonstrations. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 21 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.10: Marvin Rosen, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Faculty in History Department, witnessed several demonstrations. [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape, 29.5 minutes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.11: George Boyle, interviewed by  Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Community Relations Officer, NIU Campus Security Office  [abstract, transcript, 1 tape, 27.5 min.  See also OH 2.23]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.12: Don Buckner, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 9, 1990
Former Director of Housing at NIU (1967- 1990) [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.13: James Elliott, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 9, 1990
NIU Police Department [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 1.14: Willard Draper, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 2,  1990
Assistant Director of Housing at NIU [abstract, transcript, and 1 tape]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Campus Unrest at NIU],
[Series 2: Town-Gown Relations in DeKalb],
[Series 3: Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County],
[Series 4: NIU Biographies],
[Series 5: History of NIU Foundation, February 7, 1987],
[Series 6: Workers at Wurlitzer During World War II],
[Series 7: Burlington Railroad Strike Collection],
[Series 8: NIU Centennial Histories],
[Series 9: Regional Histories],
[All]


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