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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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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

Repository: Northern Illinois University

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 1: Campus Unrest at NIU
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
Folder OH 1.2: P. Allan Dionisopoulos, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Folder OH 1.3: John Boardman, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Folder OH 1.4: Charles Battista, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Folder OH 1.5: William Little, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November 1979
Folder OH 1.6: Sean Shesgreen, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Folder OH 1.7: William Beik, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, November  1979
Folder OH 1.8: Earl Hayter, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall  1979
Folder OH 1.9: Michael Connelly, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Folder OH 1.10: Marvin Rosen, interviewed by Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Folder OH 1.11: George Boyle, interviewed by  Denise Boiselle, Fall 1979
Folder OH 1.12: Don Buckner, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 9, 1990
Folder OH 1.13: James Elliott, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 9, 1990
Folder OH 1.14: Willard Draper, interviewed by Joan Biebel, November 2,  1990
Series 2: Town-Gown Relations in DeKalb
File Drawer 1
Folder 2a: OH 2 Inventory
Folder 2b: "Town-Gown Relations, DeKalb, Illinois, 1955-1980" - Final Report, October 1981
Folder OH 2.1: Patricia D. Canon, interviewed by Eleanor Price, January 5, 1981
Folder OH 2.2: Clara Sperling, interviewed by Susan Bowen, November 25, 1980
Folder OH 2.3: Judge Carl Swanson, Junior, interviewed by James Jarvis, December 6, 1980
Folder OH 2.4: Eleanor Huntzicker, interviewed by Eleanor Price, January 21, 1981
Folder OH 2.5: Jack Arends, interviewed by Eleanor Price, December 10, 1980
Folder OH 2.6: Mavis Williams, interviewed by Eleanor Price, January 9, 1981
Folder OH 2.7: Ruth Haddock, interviewed by Eleanor Price, December 30, 1980
Folder OH 2.8: Pete Taylor, interviewed by James Jarvis, November 14, 1980
Folder OH 2.9: John Lloyd, interviewed by Eleanor Price, January 22, 1981
Folder OH 2.10: Jessie Glidden, interviewed by Lucille Aikins, January 30, 1981
Folder OH 2.11: Joseph Katz, interviewed by Carol Logue, January 20, 1981
Folder OH 2.12: Howard Nelson, interviewed by Carol Logue, January 9, 1981
Folder OH 2.13: Edward Diedrich, interviewed by Martin Dubin, February 7, 1981
Folder OH 2.14: Mark Thackaberry, interviewed by Bill Callahan, January 28, 1981
Folder OH 2.15: Jane Bradt, interviewed by Lucille Aikins, January 13, 1981
Folder OH 2.16: Keith McDonald, interviewed by Susan Bowen, November 24, 1980
Folder OH 2.17: McKinley (Deacon) Davis, interviewed by Bill Callahan, February 2, 1981
Folder OH 2.18: Harold Husa, interviewed by Susan Bowen, February 4, 1981
Folder OH 2.19: Ernest Hanson, interviewed by Susan Bowen, January 26, 1981
Folder OH 2.20: John Gardner, interviewed by Susan Bowen; and follow-up interview, February 2, 1981; February 16, 1981
Folder OH 2.21: William Monat, interviewed by Martin Dubin, Early 1981
Folder OH 2.22: Stanley Johnson, interviewed by Robert Hutcheson, February 26, 1981
Folder OH 2.23: George Boyle, interviewed by Victor Schormann, February 26, 1981
Folder OH 2.24: James A. Gherity, interviewed by Victor Schormann, February 26, 1981
Folder OH 2.25: Donald E. Bruer, interviewed by Ruth Cavan, December 25, 1980
Folder OH 2.26: Robert Graham, interviewed by Glen Gildemeister, March 5, 1981
Folder OH 2.27: Bradley Manning, interviewed by Susan Bowen, March 4, 1981
Folder OH 2.28: WITHDRAWN
Folder OH 2.29: Philmore Iskowich, interviewed by Carol Logue, February 18, 1981
Folder OH 2.30: Warren Osenberg, interviewed by Bill Callahan, March 9, 1981
Folder OH 2.31: George Gutierrez, interviewed by Lucille Aikins, March 16, 1981
Folder OH 2.32: Tom McCabe, interviewed by Robert Graham, March 19, 1981
Folder OH 2.33: Raya Garbousova, interviewed by Lucille Aikins, March 4, 1981
Folder OH 2.34: Charles Bradt, interviewed by Carol Logue, February 15, 1981
Folder OH 2.35: Luis Balli, interviewed by George Gutierrez, February 24, 1981
Folder OH 2.36: Aristeo Mancha, interviewed by George Gutierrez, March 24, 1981
Folder OH 2.37: Earl Sullivan, Junior, interviewed by Robert Graham, March 24, 1981
Folder OH 2.38: W. Dee Palmer, interviewed by Lucille Aikins, March 26, 1981
Folder OH 2.39: John Castle, interviewed by Martin Dubin, April 8, 1981
Folder OH 2.40: Joseph Ebbesen, interviewed by Martin Dubin, April 11, 1981
Folder OH 2.41: Charles F. Raymond, interviewed by James Jarvis, March 30, 1981
Folder OH 2.42: Robert Greenaway, interviewed by Nelson James, June 2, 1981
Folder OH 2.43: C. Edward Raymond, interviewed by James Jarvis, June 8, 1981
Item 1: Additional Town-Gown Relations Tapes: Town Gown Evaluation Meeting (2 tapes), April 9, 1981
Item 2: Additional Town-Gown Relations Tapes: Roundtable on Economic Impact, April 4, 1981
Item 3: Additional Town-Gown Relations Tapes: Roundtable on Political Relations, April 4, 1981
Item 4: Additional Town-Gown Relations Tapes: Roundtable on Social & Cultural Impact, April 4, 1981
Series 3: Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County
File Drawer 1
Folder 3a: Inventory
Folder 3b: Farming and Farm Families in DeKalb County, research paper by Sharon Marie Bartholemew, 1986
Folder OH 3.1: Ann Anderson, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 4, 1986
Folder OH 3.2: Don --, interviewed by Rosemarie Ostberg, November 3, 1986
Folder OH 3.3: Joanne, November 10, 1986
Folder OH 3.4: Karl Boekenhauer, interviewed by Greg Vosefski, November 12, 1986
Folder OH 3.5: Luke Bridger, interviewed by Terrence Zeller, October 22, 1986
Folder OH 3.6: Bill Clausen, interviewed by Ed Gallagher, November 13, 1986
Folder OH 3.7: Martha and Bill Gommel, interviewed by Mindy Newman, November 24, 1986
Folder OH 3.8: Bev Kuhn, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 7, 1986
Folder OH 3.9: Jack Kuhn, interviewed by Kelly Keister, November 17, 1986
Folder OH 3.10: Evelyn Lanan, interviewed by Sharon Bartholemew, November 10, 1986
Folder OH 3.11: Howard Lanan, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 10, 1986
Folder OH 3.12: Milton Lambert, interviewed by Ed Gallagher, November 17, 1986
Folder OH 3.13: Barb Male, interviewed by Kelly Keister, November 25, 1986
Folder OH 3.14: Clarence Neujahr, interviewed by Terrence Zeller, November 11, 1986
Folder OH 3.15: Orrin Pauling, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 3, 1986
Folder OH 3.16: Ruth Pauling, interviewed by Sharon Bartholomew, November 3, 1986
Folder OH 3.17: Warren Scholl, interviewed by Greg Vosefski, November 13, 1986
Folder OH 3.18: Judy Stark, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 11, 1986
Folder OH 3.19: Mary Stark, interviewed by Kelly Keister, November 24, 1986
Folder OH 3.20: Lillian Smith, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, February 17,  1990
Folder OH 3.21: Warren Willey, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, February 3,  1990
Folder OH 3.22: Edith Willey, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, February 3,  1990
Folder OH 3.23: Rupert Jordan, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, January 11,  1990
Folder OH 3.24: Virginia Wenmoth, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, October 01, 1989
Folder OH 3.25: Ralph Schaeffer, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, February 18,  1990
Folder OH 3.26: Blanche Schaeffer, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, February 18,  1990
Folder OH 3.27: Eunice Hartman, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, December 18, 1989
Folder OH 3.28: Ella Shrader, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, October 08, 1989
Folder OH 3.29: Leona Quilhot, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 11, 1989
Folder OH 3.30: Hazel Clapsaddle, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, September 23, 1989
Folder OH 3.31: Audrey Soli, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, December 19, 1989
Folder OH 3.32: Edith Challand, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 11, 1989
Folder OH 3.33: Lester Todd, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 18, 1989
Folder OH 3.34: Miles and Fern Lane, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, November 18, 1989
Series 4: NIU Biographies
File Drawer 1
Folder OH 4.1
Item 1: Ruth Shonle Cavan, interviewed by Terry Kuhn, February 7, 1987
Item 2: Ruth Shonle Cavan, interviewed by Thomas Carey, April 28, 1972
Folder OH 4.2: Sally Stevens, interviewed by Barry Schrader, April 11, 2011
Series 5: History of NIU Foundation, February 7, 1987
File Drawer  1
Folder 5: Inventory
Folder OH 5.1: Richard J. Nelson, interviewed by Nancy Thornton, November 14, 1988
Folder OH 5.2: Roy France, interviewed by Willa Cramton, November 14, 1988
Folder OH 5.3: John S. Templin, interviewed by Lisa Dutour, November 14, 1988
Folder OH 5.4: John M. Sayre [1 tape, NO abstract]
Folder OH 5.5: Charles Bradt, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 7, 1988
Folder OH 5.6: Harold Dorland, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 9, 1988
Folder OH 5.7: Stephen Horvath, interviewed by Dennis E. Read, November 10, 1988
Folder OH 5.8: Richard Ubl, interviewed by Dennis E. Read, November 4, 1988
Series 6: Workers at Wurlitzer During World War II
File Drawer 1
Folder 6a: Inventory
Folder 6b: Life at the DeKalb Wurlitzer Plant During World War II, a group research paper by Char Henn, Estella Metcalfe, Denyse Clifford Cunningham, Kelly Crimmins, Terence Buckaloo, and John Roberts, circa 1989,  1990
Folder OH 6.1: Neilo Koski, interviewed by Estella Metcalfe, November 6, 1989
Folder OH 6.2: Margaret Vanamburg, interviewed by Estella Metcalfe, November 3, 1989
Folder OH 6.3: Beverly Rattenberry and Evelyn Pinkston, interviewed by Denyse Cunningham, November 6, 1989
Folder OH 6.4: Olga Waldhier, interviewed by Denyse Cunningham, November 8, 1989
Folder OH 6.5: Zane Sipavis, interviewed by Char Henn, November 2, 1989
Folder OH 6.6: Frank Kuzan, interviewed by Char Henn, October 27, 1989
Folder OH 6.7: Nellie McDermott, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 26, 1989
Folder OH 6.8: Agnes Sipavis, interviewed by Valerie Quinney, November 2, 1989
Folder OH 6.9: Ward Miller, interviewed by Jim Binder, November 21, 1989
Folder OH 6.10: Emil Miller, interviewed by Jim Binder, November 22, 1989
Folder OH 6.11: Clifford Anderson, interviewed by John Roberts, November 9, 1989
Folder OH 6.12: Hazel Duffy, interviewed by Kelly Crimmins, November 24, 1989
Folder OH 6.13: Lou and Bill Hathaway, interviewed by Kelly Crimmins, November 16, 1989
Series 7: Burlington Railroad Strike Collection
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
Folder 8: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson  [OH 7.2], September 20, 1982
Folder 9: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson  [OH 7.3, November 2, 1982]
Folder 10: Interview Transcriptions: Robert McDonald  [OH 7.4], September 27, 1982
Folder 11: Interview Transcriptions: Williard Carl Becker  [OH 7.5], September 28, 1982
Folder 12: Interview Transcriptions: John H. Durham (Memorandum of Record only),  [OH 7.6], October 29, 1982
Folder 13: Interview Transcriptions: Harry L. Creviston (Memorandum of Record only),  [OH 7.7], October 29, 1982
Folder 14: Interview Transcriptions: Burlington Northern's Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois, (Transcript of video tape), [OH 7.8], 1978
Box 6
Folder 1: Interview Transcriptions: Carl Hendrickson, Joe Schindlebeck, and Augie Klein  [OH 7.9], November 18, 1982
Folder 2: Interview Transcriptions: Sheldon Witt [OH 7.10], December 5, 1982
Folder 3: Interview Transcriptions: Duff Corbin [OH 7.11], December 8, 1982
Folder 4: Interview Transcriptions: Ed Baum [OH 7.12], December 8, 1982
Folder 5: Interview Transcriptions: Al Schoeberlein [OH 7.13], December 10, 1982
Series 8: NIU Centennial Histories
File Drawer 1
Folder OH 8.01: Tarver "Cy" Perkins, interviewed by Glen Gildemeister, November 13, 1996
Folder OH 8.02: Ernest C. Smith, interviewed by Glen Gildemeister, November 23, 1996
Series 9: Regional Histories
File Drawer 1
Folder OH 9.1: Joe Pasteris, interviewed by Pam Lothson, April 25, 2003

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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