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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

Regional Histories



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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.


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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 8: NIU Centennial Histories

INTRODUCTION

The two interviews in this series were conducted in 1996 by Dr. Glen A. Gildemeister, Director of the Regional History Center, as part of his research for a Castle on a Hill, a pictorial history of Northern Illinois University.  Both interview subjects were notable Northern Illinois State Teachers College athletes.

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.

File Drawer 1
Folder OH 8.01: Tarver "Cy" Perkins, interviewed by Glen Gildemeister, November 13, 1996
Perkins, a Native American, was recruited to come to Northern as a member of the track team in 1940.  In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy, and returned to NISTC in the fall of 1946.  A conference champion in the "880," he set the American record for the half-mile as a member of the AAU team visiting Oslo, Norway in 1947.  The majority of this interview discusses his athletic career and experiences at NISTC and in DeKalb.  Perkins also discusses his family and background, his World War II experiences, and his employment career. [transcript, 2 photographs, clippings, and 2 tapes]
Other Information: The Oral History Cassette Tapes are located in the UA 53 area in the basement stacks.
Folder OH 8.02: Ernest C. Smith, interviewed by Glen Gildemeister, November 23, 1996
"Bumpy" Smith, an African-American student, not only was a Northern track star, but also was a member or officer of several campus organizations, including Senior Class President in 1948, 1949.  He was drafted into the NAVY in 1944, and then came to NISTC in 1946.  This interview touches on the draft, service in WW II, and the GI Bill; his experiences at Northern, including housing on campus, and the boycott of the Log Cabin Restaurant in DeKalb; and his career teaching in Detroit, travels, and life after Northern.  [transcript, and 2 tapes]
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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