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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

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 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

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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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