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Campus Unrest at NIU

Town-Gown Relations in DeKalb

Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County

NIU Biographies

History of NIU Foundation, February 7, 1987

Workers at Wurlitzer During World War II

Burlington Railroad Strike Collection

NIU Centennial Histories

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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],
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Series 7: Burlington Railroad Strike Collection

INTRODUCTION

James R. Flynn donated the Burlington Railroad Strike Collection [RC 217] to Northern Illinois University’s Regional History Center on November 8, 1993.

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

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Burlington Railroad Strike records were collected by the donor during the course of his Ph.D. dissertation research.  Within the records are transcriptions of the oral history interviews that Flynn conducted during his research.  The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.

James R. Flynn completed his dissertation entitled, “The Railroad Shopmen’s Strike of 1922 on the Industry, Company, and Community Levels” in July 1993.  Copies of this dissertation may be found in Founders Memorial Library and the Regional History Center.

Access Restriction: [Transcriptions are located in RC 217, Boxes 5 and 6]
Box 5
Folder 5: Contents list for Flynn's Volume I and II
Folder 6: Questions used for the Interviews, 1982-1983
Folder 7: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson  [OH 7.1], September 11, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 8: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson  [OH 7.2], September 20, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 9: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson  [OH 7.3, November 2, 1982]
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 10: Interview Transcriptions: Robert McDonald  [OH 7.4], September 27, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 11: Interview Transcriptions: Williard Carl Becker  [OH 7.5], September 28, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 12: Interview Transcriptions: John H. Durham (Memorandum of Record only),  [OH 7.6], October 29, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 13: Interview Transcriptions: Harry L. Creviston (Memorandum of Record only),  [OH 7.7], October 29, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 14: Interview Transcriptions: Burlington Northern's Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois, (Transcript of video tape), [OH 7.8], 1978
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Box 6
Folder 1: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson, Joe Schindlebeck, and Augie Klein  [OH 7.9], November 18, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 2: Interview Transcriptions: Sheldon Witt [OH 7.10], December 5, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 3: Interview Transcriptions: Duff Corbin [OH 7.11], December 8, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 4: Interview Transcriptions: Ed Baum [OH 7.12], December 8, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.
Folder 5: Interview Transcriptions: Al Schoeberlein [OH 7.13], December 10, 1982
Other Information: The transcriptions are located in Boxes 5 and 6 of RC 217.  The tapes remain the possession of Dr. Flynn.

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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