Appendix

Click to ExpandAL25* Alepra, Magdeline (1913-2003)

4 tapes, 330 mins.

Alepra discusses life during prohibition: gangsters and bootlegging, the Depression, pets, home life, and school; WWII; and coal mine wars in Benld and Gillespie, Illinois.

Interview by Michael E. Alepra, 1991
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandAL52* Allard, Irene (1910-1998)

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Allard recalls growing up in a mining family in Central Illinois. She discusses her father's work as a coal miner, company houses, stores, and scrip pay; describes miner's lamps and miner's buckets; mining union activities; conflicts between unions and management; organization of the Progressive Miners' of America and her husband's work for the union; and violence, strikes, meetings, and conflicts between the United Mine Workers and the PMA. She also discusses women's roles in mining activities in West Frankfort and Gillespie, Illinois; organization, uniforms, marches, and fundraising activities of the PMA Women's Auxiliary; and women's jobs.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandAN21* Anderson, Everett (1901-1994)

2 tapes, 180 mins.

Anderson, coal miner, discusses his coal mining experiences in Southern Illinois working as a trapper boy and pumping water; mining, cutting, drilling, and loading; mules, coal cars, and workshifts; hazards and accidents; changes in mining machinery, and equipment; inspectors; strip mining; and suffering from black lung disease. He also discusses the 1922 riot in Herrin, Illinois, the mine wars, strikes and violence, and union activities.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandAN26* Andrews, James W. (1923-1997)

17 tapes, 1190 mins.

Andrews, teacher, discusses family and home life in Quincy, Illinois: Depression, experiences in high school and at Quincy College; WWII service in Europe: Paris, prisoners, combat, the end of the war and return home; race relations; teaching experiences; students; and involvement in theater and writing.

Interview by Sally McKenzie, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandAU24* Audi, Mary (1906-1999)

7 mins.

Audi recalls her involvement with the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary in Benld, Illinois and the Depression.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
Included on Louisa Fassero tape

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Click to ExpandB124* Bachrach, Betty Baer b. 1919

4 tapes, 360 mins.

Betty Bachrach discusses family history and life in San Francisco, California, and attending Stanford University; teaching; WWII; courtship and marriage; move to Decatur, Illinois; children and family life; Jewish religion; work with the League of Women Voters and the Decatur Planning Commission; and her retirement and move to Florida.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1986
RESTRICTED: No legal release.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and edited memoir.


Click to ExpandB212* Ballard, Jess (1910-1995)

3 tapes, 125 mins.

Ballard, coal mine electrician, discusses mining and unions in DuQuoin and Dowell, Illinois: mining machinery, safety measures, company houses, stores and scrip pay in a company town; the UMW and PMA union conflicts; and the marches on Mulkeytown and Dowell. He also discusses growing up in southern Illinois, schooling, chores and childhood games.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB322.2* Battuello, Jack (1899-1980)

7 tapes, 630 mins.

Jack Battuello, coal miner, discusses coal mining experiences.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
See B322 Battuello

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Click to ExpandB322T* Battuello, Tillie (1905-1991)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Tillie Battuello, coal miner's wife, discusses her experiences in the Progressive Miners of America Women's Auxiliary.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB461.2* Bertetti, Frank (1901-2000)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Bertetti, coal miner, discusses his coal mining experiences.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
See also B461 Bertetti

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Click to ExpandB462* Bertot, Domenic (1888-1982)

2 tapes, 180 mins.

Bertot recalls his experiences as a coal miner in Coal City, Hillsboro and Auburn, Illinois. He recalls the daily activities of coal mining, company stores, wages, mules, types of coal, unions, accidents, safety precautions, and the modernization of coal mines.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1978
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB634.2* Boetta, Lester (1913-1994)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Boetta discusses coal mining and union activities in Gillespie, Illinois; organization of PMA; union conflicts; women's auxiliary; local unions; contracts; Mulkeytown March; violence; John L. Lewis; strikes; Depression; and PMA convention.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
See also B634 Boetta

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Click to ExpandB642* Borah, Gwen b. 1915

4 microcassettes, 240 mins.

Borah, Canadian immigrant, discusses her early years in Canada and her family's move to Danville, Illinois: country schooling and high school, education at Eastern Illinois University and Syracuse University, and her teaching career.

Interview by Sandy Spengler, 1991
OPEN : narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and an unrevised transcript.

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Click to ExpandB643* Boresi, John (1897-1983)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Boresi, coal miner, discusses his early years in Italy, family, immigration to U.S., life in Toluca, Illinois, coal mining, wages, mules, the United Mine Workers, the Depression, and bias against Italians.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB687* Bowsher, Charles b. 1910

12 tapes, 700 mins.

Bowsher discusses early 20th century life in Springfield, Illinois: his family, schools and jobs, neighborhoods, movie theaters, hospital and medical experiences, and life as a polio victim. He also discusses life in Chicago: home life, radio, schools, gangsters, prohibition, and the Depression. Also discusses Springfield coal mines, WWII, aging, and treatment of the elderly in nursing homes.

Interview by Nancy Flood, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB748* Breiseth, Christopher

4 tapes, 240 mins.

Breiseth discusses coming to Sangamon State University from the University of Chicago and his career at SSU.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1984
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB759* Brewner, James (1892-1983)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Brewner, coal miner, discusses his mining experiences in Du Quoin, Illinois: work as a trapper, mule driver, and dragline ground man; machinery; the company store; conflicts between unions; and the march on Mulkeytown. He also discusses bootlegging and ethnicity in DuQuoin.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB791* Brooks, Laura d. 1975

CLOSED


Click to ExpandB815* Brown, Mrs. George (Louise) (1910-1995)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Louise Brown discusses her husband's work in the coal mines in Fulton County, Illinois: mules, wages, strikes, union conflicts and violence, company stores, safety laws and hazards, and attitudes toward coal miners. She also discusses farm life in Buckhart, Illinois and factory work in Canton, Illinois.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandB816* Brown, Suzanne
2 tapes, 150 mins.

Brown, peace activist, discusses St. Louis; Vietnam veterans; birthing issues in Taylorville, Illinois; Sangamon State University; living in the Central American countries of Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras; and social change.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1986
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB919* Burks, Marion

CLOSED


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Click to ExpandC267* Casey, Lola Eulala Drury (1903-1992)
2 tapes, 180 mins.

Casey recalls Taylorville, Illinois: family and home life, schooling, chores, home remedies, and coal mines. She also recalls Springfield: playing the piano, neighborhoods and holidays.

Interview by James P. Coble, 1979
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC461* Chrisman, Bruce (1918-1995)

5 tapes, 315 mins.

Chrisman discusses pacifism; his status as a conscientious objector to Vietnam draft registration; University of Illinois; engineering; alternate war service; war tax resistance and the IRS trial.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1986
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandC786* Cooper, Karen Irene

CLOSED


Click to ExpandC836* Coutrakon, George (Judge)

CLOSED


Click to ExpandC837* Coutrakon, Phyllis (1930-1998)

5 tapes, 290 mins.

Coutrakon, photographer, discusses photography and art; her parents' interests and attitudes; home life in Peoria, Illinois; interest in astronomy; as well as cameras and film.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandD233* Danner, Barb b. 1944

CLOSED


Click to ExpandD290* Davis, Charles Russel d. 1974

CLOSED


Click to ExpandD298* Davis, Topper b. 1949

6 tapes, 540 mins.

VIETNAM
Davis discusses his experiences in the Vietnamese Conflict: enlistment and basic training in the army, transfer to Vietnam, combat and patrols, R&R, leaving Vietnam and returning to Illinois, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He also recalls growing up in Bethany, Illinois.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD321* Dawe, Russell (1916-1995)

3 tapes, 125 mins.

Dawe, former coal miner and director of the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals, discusses coal mining in Franklin County, Illinois: coal companies and production, mine shaft support, mine structures, safety, reclamation, company houses, and growing up in Valier, Illinois in a mining family. He discusses the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals, government mining policies, hazards, energy policy and mining skills.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandD530* Dey, Suzanne

CLOSED


Click to ExpandD650* Do, Phu Hoc b. 1939

5 tapes, 450 mins.

VIETNAM
Do, Vietnamese immigrant, discusses early life in Vietnam: Japanese occupation during WWII, early education and nursing school, draft into the South Vietnamese Army, work in the Health Ministry, the South Vietnamese government, and immigration to U.S.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD738* Dorosheff, Paul b. 1945

3 tapes, 270 mins.

VIETNAM
Dorosheff discusses his service experiences in Vietnam: enlistment in the Navy, service in Vietnam with Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (Seabees), duties including bridge construction, return to the U.S., and post-war experiences. He also discusses living in Springfield, Illinois.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, maps, letters, Vietnam military news articles, and the 1968 Yearbook of the Mobile Construction Battalion 133.

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Click to ExpandD920* Dunkel, Eugenia

1 tape, 45 mins.

Dunkel recalls 20th century life in Farmingdale, Illinois.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
RESTRICTED
See collateral file
Tape also contains Juanita Knudson interview


Click to ExpandD988* Dyer, Jack b. 1945

4 tapes, 240 mins.

VIETNAM
Dyer discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, basic training, transfer to Vietnam, duties in the Personnel Management Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, and return to the U.S. He also discusses Springfield, Illinois, draft dodgers, Western Illinois University, Vietnam veterans, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandEL15* Elbaum, Louis

4 tapes, 235 mins.

Elbaum discusses his family, growing up in Mississippi, WWII and rationing, school years, the Korean War, college life, employment in radio, the newspaper business, ministry, as a speech therapist, and at the Lincoln Developmental Center. He also relates stories of Elvis Presley and his interest in music.

Interview by Roger Moore, 1987
OPEN
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Click to ExpandEN34* England, Frank b. 1916

2 tapes, 180 mins.

England discusses his work as a mule driver for Springfield, Illinois coal mines: mules, cars, loads, and tracks; hazards and safety measures, and problems of coal dust. He also discusses union conflicts between the UMW and PMA, the Mulkeytown March, violence, and union offices.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1978
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandET75* Ettinger, William Hayden

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Ettinger recalls army life during World War II as an army photographer: being drafted, training, stations in the South Pacific, work and life in Australia and New Guinea, assignments, and encounters with the Japanese.

Interview by William Hayden Ettinger, 1988-89, 1991
RESTRICTED: No legal release.


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Click to ExpandF213.2* Fancher, John (1899-1984)

5 tapes, 450 mins.

Fancher discusses coal mining in Herrin and Springfield, Illinois, and in Alabama: coal mining work, uses of coal, union activities in Illinois and Alabama, UMW and PMA union conflicts, conflicts with management, organization of the Progressive Miners, union offices and resolutions, meetings, and members; John L. Lewis; the March on Mulkeytown, violence, and strikes. He also discusses growing up in Alabama in a coal mining family, hunting wild hogs, and prohibition.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandF264* Fassero, Louisa b. 1908

1 tape, 45 mins. (Fassero segment 27 mins.

Fassero discusses the organization of the PMA and its Women's Auxiliary in Gillespie and Benld, Illinois: controversies, march on the Illinois Statehouse and other marches, and meetings and conflicts of the PMA. She also discusses the Depression and raising chickens.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
Tape also contains Mary Audi and Rosa Koniak interviews

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Click to ExpandF381A* Ferguson, Ann b. 1903

1 tape, 90 mins.

Ferguson discusses coal mining in Mt. Olive, Illinois: her husband's work, mining conditions, mine fires, organization of the Progressive Miners and its Women's Auxiliary, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, violence and mine wars, Depression, John L. Lewis, and Mother Jones.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandF761* Foreman, Helen Louise Cleary (1904-1991)

15 tapes, 1140 mins.

Foreman, teacher and former Mayor of Jacksonville, Illinois, discusses her early life in Jacksonville: family, her father's teaching career with the deaf, friends and neighbors, neighborhoods and parks, early education and Routt High School, homemade foods, home life, summer vacations in Michigan, and streetcars and automobiles. She discusses attending Illinois College, classmates there, WWI homefront, discrimination against Catholics and blacks, and Jacksonville businesses.

Interview by Greg A. Olson, 1989-1991
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF843* Frain, Susan

3 tapes, 200 mins.

Frain discusses growing up in an Irish Catholic family in St. Louis; St. Louis University and Washington University; work in Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence; rape and violence against women; the Equal Rights Amendment; peace activities; and living in Nicaragua: culture, religion, and government.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1986
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandF915.2* Fries, Frank (1893-1980)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Fries discusses his coal mining experiences in Gillespie, Illinois: loading coal cars and equipment, mining before unionization, wages, accidents, owning a mine, UMW and PMA, union conflicts and violence, and the Mulkeytown March.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandF929* Frost, James b. 1876

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Frost recalls coal mining work in Alabama and Springfield, Illinois: mining jobs, company houses, stores, scrip pay and wages; mechanization, safety, and equipment; unions and the mine wars; ethnicity and the Depression.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandG566* Golden, Betty (1916-1994)

6 tapes, 330 mins.

Golden recalls her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, the Depression, family, Jewish religion and holidays, marriage, move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, home business, anti-semitism, and employment.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of photographs.

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Click to ExpandG760L* Graham, Leta b. 1883

12 tapes, 720 mins.

Graham recalls family, farming, homemade foods, butchering, horses and livestock, marriage, raising children, the history of Rock Creek, Illinois, aging, and entering a Presbyterian nursing home.

Interview by Lynne Mann, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH124* Hahn, Amanda Crane (1900-1998)

6 tapes, 525 mins.

Hahn recalls life in a coal mining community at Greenridge, near Girard, Illinois. She also recalls Springfield, Illinois: Old Springfield Hospital; the 1918 influenza epidemic; Harvard Park Baptist Church; and the Harvard Park neighborhood, school, factories, residences, and stores.

Interview by David M. Hunter, 1987
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a partial unrevised transcript of the tapes.

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Click to ExpandH155* Halley's Comet Project

3 tapes, 180 mins.

Narrators recall the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1910. They also discuss people's reactions to the comet, stories of poisonous gases, comet pills, and other incidents.

Interview by Charles Schweighauser, 1985
Donated by Charles Schweighauser
RESTRICTED: No legal release.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandH183* Hammes, Raymond H. (1909-1987)

12 tapes, 570 mins.

Hammes, teacher, discusses growing up in Wisconsin: his family, the Depression, and travels; his WWII service in Mississippi; WWII homefront; newspaper publishing; and Civil Service work. He also discusses his education: attending the University of Collegeville in Minnesota and North Texas State University; teaching Indian schools in South Dakota; the teaching of history. Also discusses his study of early Illinois land records, and historical studies and agencies in Illinois.

Interview by Patrick Cunningham, 1985-86
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied articles on Hammes' land record work.

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Click to ExpandH211* Haptonstall, Lila

1 tape, 80 mins.

Haptonstall discusses husband's work in coal mines in Canton, Illinois: safety, unions and John L. Lewis, and coal production. She also discusses gardening, the Depression, and women's activities.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandH367* Helms, Elaine b. 1916

1 tape, 90 mins.

Elaine Helms recalls Virden and Auburn, Illinois: businesses, her father's coal mining career, Depression, children, housing, schools, and entertainment.

Interview by David Van Lieshout, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandH368* Helms, Sherwood "Bone" (1911-1999)

3 tapes, 210 mins.

Sherwood Helms, butcher, recalls Auburn, Illinois: businesses, prohibition, Depression, the WWII homefront, coal mining, his marriage and family, social activities, transportation, and community changes.

Interview by David Van Lieshout, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandH463* Herron, Bertha Y. b. 1925

6 tapes, 330 mins.

Herron recalls Auburn, Illinois: her parents' immigration and farm, Depression, coal mines, home life, schooling, working at grocery stores, railroads, and entertainment.

Interview by Daniel W. Dixon, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandH539* Hignight, James (1911-1979)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Hignight discusses his experiences coal mining in central Illinois: accidents and safety, firing shots, explosive powder, equipment, horses and mine ponies, and blacksmithing. He also recalls the towns of Beardstown and Colchester.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1978
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandH778* Hopley, James (1888-1988)

4 tapes, 315 mins.

Hopley, coal miner, discusses mining in central Illinois: the organization of the Progressive Miners of America, union conflicts and mine wars, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, bargaining conditions, contracts, and mechanization. He also discusses coal mining in England: work as a lamp carrier, pony driver, clay picker; hazards; and emigration to the U.S.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandH784* Horn, Franklin G. (1904-1984)

4 tapes, 360 mins.

Horn, life-long resident of Springfield, describes working for his uncle's Sign and Posting System business and then creating his own sign business. He also discusses his family, neighborhoods, recreation, race discrimination, and schooling.

Interview by James P. Coble, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandH837.2* Howarth, Nelson O. (1911-1991)

10 tapes, 900 mins.

Howarth, mayor of Springfield in the 1950's and 1960's, discusses the city of Springfield, his family, early education, playing basketball, dating, growing up in the 1920's, attending the University of Illinois and law school, Depression, employment with Prudential Insurance Company, and marriage. He also recalls his WWII navy service in the Pacific Theater: basic training, combat experiences, and Japan. Also discusses post-WWII Springfield: law practice, battling vice, corruption, and prostitution, race discrimination, African-Americans, the Lincoln Home, his years as mayor and accomplishments.

Interview by Joe Fechter, 1987
RESTRICTED: Material may not be quoted, cited or published without Howarth's permission.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of photos, and partial unrevised transcript.

See also: H837 Howarth; MC77 Nelson O. Howarth Papers


Click to ExpandH859* Hryhorysak, Theresa b. 1903

4 tapes, 235 mins.

Hryhorysak, a coal miner's wife, discusses life in the early 20th century: home life, early education, garden and homemade foods, her husband's work in the coal mine, the mine wars, her job at a slaughterhouse and WWII ammunitions plant, and hardships raising her family.

Interview by Elsebeth J. Buckley, 1987
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandH874.2* Hughes, Eugene (1908-1987)

1 tape, 45 mins.

Hughes, former International President of the Progressive Miners of America, describes his involvement with the PMA: service as president, the organization of the union, the Women's Auxiliary, and union conflicts.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandIP5* Ippolito, Bill b. 1947

6 tapes, 360 mins.

VIETNAM
Ippolito discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, training for Fire Direction Control, transfer to Vietnam, bases near Tan An, Can Giuoc, and Ben Luc, artillery and combat, meals, companies and platoons, and return to U.S.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1982
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photos and map.

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Click to ExpandIR9W* Irwin, William C. b. 1912

5 tapes, 240 mins.

Irwin discusses growing up in Tallula, Illinois: the 1918 influenza epidemic, Depression, and his work as a chauffeur. He also discusses WWII army service in the Pacific Theater: the reconstruction of Japan and the Philippines, the Japanese people, and post-war life.

Interview by Janet S. Morgan, 1993
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and draft copy of transcript.


Click to ExpandJ645* Johnston, Laura (1896-1997)

4 tapes, 216 mins.

Laura Johnston, artist and aviator, discusses art, music, and her aviation interests. She relates her childhood interest in art, piano lessons, teaching piano and music, attendance at the Western Conservatory of Music, work at the Chicago Art Institute, her art exhibits, and the Pen Women's Society. She also discusses aviation training and teaching, the Chicago Girls Flying Club and the Ninety-Niners, airplanes and shows, and operating her own aviation school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photos and articles.

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Click to ExpandJ646* Johnston, Mary b. 1921

5 tapes, 265 mins.

Mary Johnston discusses her work as a physical therapist, teacher, and photojournalist: childhood interest in photography and sports; physical education in college; work as a physical therapist in the army and in New York; work and life in Paris as a photojournalist; comparison of France and U.S.; teaching French; and women's roles. She also discusses her childhood in Iron Mountain, Michigan and her family.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, articles on Johnston, and photocopied photos.

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Click to ExpandJ721* Jones, Malden (1905-1990)

8 tapes, 587 mins.

Jones, journalist, discusses Springfield, Illinois, state politics, politicians, Illinois governors, work for the State Journal-Register, changes in journalism, legislative reporting, scandals, Illinois aviation, and WWII experiences. He also discusses his family, downtown Springfield, race relations, discrimination, attending University of Illinois, Depression, prohibition, and coal mining and oil.

Interview by Kimberly Smith Hoffman, 1987
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photographs and articles, and partial unrevised transcript of the tapes.

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Click to ExpandK180N* Kay, Norton (1916-2000)

13 tapes, 1100 mins.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Kay, journalist, discusses his work and association with Illinois Governor Dan Walker: campaigning, the famous walk around Illinois, his election in 1972, Kay's duties and challenges as press secretary, Walker's administration, programs, association with the press, finances and budgets, relationship with the General Assembly, and reelection defeat in 1976.

Interview by Marilyn H. Immel, 1981
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and draft copy of transcript.


Click to ExpandK263* Keif, Mame and Betty Tabor Woods

1 tape, 60 mins.

Keif recalls working at Maldaner's Restaurant in Springfield, Illinois for 38 years. She and Woods discuss the restaurant, food, menus, employees, duties as waitress and assistant manager, and customers.

Interview by Jo Saner, 1977
RESTRICTED: No legal release. May be read, but not cited, quoted or published.
See collateral file: partial unedited transcript.
Tape filed under Woods, Edward E.
See also W862*


Click to ExpandK370* Kenney, Hilma C. (1913-2001)

7 tapes, 542 mins.

Kenney, retired grocery clerk and native of Auburn, Illinois, discusses family life, early schooling, business on the square, coal mines, the grocery business, products, home life, doctors in town, cemetery conflict, the history of Auburn and her book on the subject.

Interview by Daniel W. Dixon, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a copy of Kenney's History of Auburn.

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Click to ExpandK459* Kerndt, James Moritz b. 1914

6 tapes, 540 mins.

Kerndt discusses life in Lansing, Iowa: the family business, social life, marriage, vacations, life in California, WWII, the South Pacific, claustrophobia, therapy, and philosophy of life.

Interview by Matthew R. Nachtwey, 1992
RESTRICTED: no legal release


Click to ExpandK781J* Knudson, Juanita (Mrs. Harold) (1902-1989)

1 tape, 30 mins.

Knudson recalls 20th century life in Farmingdale, Illinois.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
RESTRICTED
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Tape filed under Dunkel, Eugenia


Click to ExpandK832* Kolowski, Rose Irene Coogan Towne (1912-1996)

3 tapes, 248 mins.

Kolowski discusses life in Lincoln, Illinois: family, education in high school and at Lincoln College, marriage, Catholic religion, home life, jobs, chautauqua grounds, band concerts, horses and buggies, prohibition, and her work at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant in Illiopolis during WWII, and later at the Lincoln College Museum.

Interview by Roger Moore, 1987
OPEN
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Click to ExpandK837* Koniak, Rosa b. 1907

13 mins.

Koniak recalls her involvement with the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary in Benld, Illinois. She also recalls the Depression, washhouses, and miner's buckets.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
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Click to ExpandL119* Lacy, James Thomas b. 1911

CLOSED


Click to ExpandL471* Leahy, Sarah (1902-1986)

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Leahy, former tax collector, recalls life in Auburn, Illinois: childhood, marriage and family, the town, farming techniques, WWI, and changes in the Catholic Church.

Interview by Shirley Marshall, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandL552* Leon, John F. (1910-1987)

CLOSED (tape inaudible, incomplete transcript)


Click to ExpandL757* Livers, Gale (1901-1989)

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Livers, coal miner, discusses mining in Fulton County, Illinois and in Montana: wages, accidents and safety, pit mines and strip mines, reclamation, types of coal, union conflicts and violence, Mulkeytown March, mechanization, black lung, and the Depression.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandM134* McCollum, Herbert C. (1896-1983)

2 tapes, 180 mins.

McCollum discusses his coal mining experiences in southern Illinois: coal companies, coal production, coal dust and gas, mine ventilation, a visit to mines in Russia, the use of oil versus coal, pit and strip mines, and John L. Lewis and unions.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, ca. 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandM185* Machovec, Geraldine Ann b. 1924

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Machovec, journalist, discusses her experiences as a reporter in Los Alamos, New Mexico when it became an open city in the 1960's; the Cuban community in Miami, Florida and her work for the Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs; work and travels in South America; and growing up in Duluth, Minne-sota.

Interview by Constance Baker, 1991
RESTRICTED: no legal release
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photos and articles.


Click to ExpandM297* Malmberg, Dr. Kenneth b. 1909

2 tapes, 135 mins.

Malmberg, general practitioner, discusses life in Auburn, Illinois: family; medical school at Northwestern, medical practice, his service and accomplishments as mayor, changes in Auburn and in medical practices.

Interview by David Van Lieshout, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandM318* Mans, Catherine (DeRorre) b. 1920

2 tapes, 180 mins.

Mans discusses living in a coal mining family in Du-Quoin and Collinsville, Illinois: the Progressive Miners movement, union conflicts, Mulkeytown March, violence, mother's work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary, uniforms, the junior auxiliary, soup kitchens, and the Italian community.

Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandM319.2* Mantowich, Larry (1911-1994)
4 tapes, 315 mins.

Mantowich recalls coal mining experiences in Sangamon County, Illinois: mine ventilation and fire fighting, strip mining, pit committees, mechanization, union conflicts, conflicts with management, organization of the Progressive Miners and their meetings, strikes, violence, March to Mulkeytown, trial of accused bombers, black lung disease, and bootlegging.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24
See also M319 Mantowich

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Click to ExpandM575* Meyer, Karl b. 1937

6 tapes, 435 mins.

Meyer discusses his interest and involvement in pacifist movements: his conversion to Catholicism, protests in New York City, peace movements in Chicago, the Chicago Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, the Omaha Action peace demonstrations against nuclear missiles, international peace walk, the Berlin Crisis, war tax resistance, Vietnam draft resistance, and serving prison terms.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1986
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied articles on the Omaha Action, war tax resistance, conscientious objectors, and pacifism.

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Click to ExpandM583* Michelich, Joseph b. 1929

1 tape, 90 mins.

Michelich, editor and owner of the Auburn Citizen, discusses Auburn, Illinois: the town square and local businesses, role of the newspaper in the community, local politics, and changes in Auburn and the newspaper. He also discusses his journalism education at Wayne State University.

Interview by David Van Lieshout, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and Auburn newspapers.

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Click to ExpandM846* Morton, Margaret "Peg"

2 tapes, 180 mins.

Morton discusses her education abroad; Oberlin College and the University of Chicago; race relations; NAACP housing issues in Indiana; school integration; women's roles and issues; peace movements; and war tax resistance.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1986
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandN117M* Nachtwey, Mary Katherine Kerndt b. 1921

2 tapes, 135 mins.

Mary Nachtwey recalls growing up in Lansing, Iowa, education in Dubuque, training to be an airplane pilot, and raising a family in Springfield, Illinois.

Interview by Matthew R. Nachtwey, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
For collateral file see Nachtwey, Robert A.

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Click to ExpandN117R* Nachtwey, Robert Augustine b. 1912

10 tapes, 840 mins.

Robert Nachtwey, doctor of medicine, discusses growing up in Lansing, Iowa, studying at Notre Dame and St. Louis Universities, internship at the Mayo Clinic, WWII service as captain and medic, and practicing internal medicine in Springfield, Illinois.

Interview by Matthew R. Nachtwey, 1991
OPEN: narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a partial unrevised transcript.

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Click to ExpandOS1* Osborn, Euphrasia (1892-1988)

10 tapes, 600 mins.

Osborn recalls central Illinois rural life: farming, horses and buggies, Decatur, home life, clothing, homemade foods and remedies, entertainment, 1920's, funerals, St. Joseph's nursing home, and aging.

Interview by Laurie Constantino, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandOZ5* Ozinga, Martin Jr. b. 1921

1 tape, 30 mins.

Ozinga discusses the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention and his work on the Revenue and Finance Committee.

Interview by G. Cullom Davis, Kim Hoffman, Marilyn Huff Immel, and Timothy J. Jones, 1987
OPEN
See collateral file: partial unrevised transcript.
Tape also contained John F. Leon interview -- tape inaudible and discarded


Click to ExpandP213* Parbs, Stan b. 1945

4 tapes, 360 mins.

VIETNAM
Parbs discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, basic training and transfer to a mechanized infantry unit near My Tho, Vietnam, combat experiences, the Tet Offensive, and his return to the U.S.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a partial unrevised transcript.

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Click to ExpandP278A.2* Patton, Annabelle (1925-2008)

2 tapes, 100 mins.

Annabelle Patton discusses her work and experiences during the early years of Sangamon State University in the 1970's: her education in Springfield, Illinois, first SSU President Robert Spencer, community outreach, hiring of faculty and staff, contracts, orientation, programs and curriculum, changes in her job, promotion of the university, its logo, and her views on SSU.

Interview by Nancy Hunt, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file
See also P278A Patton

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Click to ExpandP278K. Patton, Kathryn G. (1904-1998)

4 tapes, 360 mins.

Kathryn Patton discusses her family history: Cherokee ancestors and history, growing up in Oklahoma, moving and living in New Jersey, New York City, and Springfield, Illinois; marriage; work for Badges Meter Co., and the dedication of Patton Park at Sangamon State University.

Interview by Matthew R. Nachtwey, 1992
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandP447* Petrapolus, George b. 1918

3 tapes, 240 mins.

Petrapolus discusses his experiences during WWII: enlistment, basic training at Camp Beaureguard and Camp Livingstone, Louisiana maneuvers, transfer to Panama, importance of Panama Canal, duties there, return to U.S., his service stateside, medical discharge, and the impact of WWII.

Interview by John Novello, 1991
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP943* Profeta, Mary

2 tapes, 90 mins.

Profeta recalls her husband's coal mining experiences in Springfield, Illinois in the 1930's: the mine wars, strikes, violence, and her work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975
OPEN

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Click to ExpandR151* Rancilio, Maria (1899-1989)

1 tape, 60 mins.

Maria Rancilio, Italian-American, discusses life in Italy, emigration to Herrin, Illinois, her husband's work as coal miner, the Italian community, Depression, her work as a housekeeper, her family, and household chores.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandR152* Rancilio, Mario (1898-1989)

1 tape, 60 mins.

Mario Rancilio, Italian-American coal miner, discusses coal mining in Herrin, Illinois: mules, black lung disease, mechanization, union conflicts, hazards, and women in mines. He also compares life in Italy and the U.S.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandR361* Rice, Eugene (1908-1982)

2 tapes, 120 mins.

Rice discusses his coal mining experiences in Coulterville, Illinois: tools, mining exams, drivers, cleaning tracks, safety and hazards, mining buckets, union conflicts, and the Mulkeytown March. He also discusses growing up in a coal mining family, early schooling, chores, and living in company houses.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandR563* Robinson, Margaret (1866-1953)

4 tapes, 330 mins.

Robinson discusses her family history and their move to Springfield, Illinois: she describes Springfield as a village, Springfield families, people who travelled West, genealogy, and life in Springfield during the 19th century.

Interview by Stuart Robinson, Jr., 1950
OPEN
See collateral file: partial unrevised transcript.

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Click to ExpandR636* Rohrer, Allen

5 tapes, 405 mins.

Rohrer recalls living in Kentucky: farming, family, home life, Depression, home remedies, military service, Bethel College in Tennessee, and becoming a Baptist minister; moving to Taylorville, Illinois, life as a single father, teaching, role and duties as a Junior High School Principal, and thoughts on education.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photos.

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Click to ExpandR740* Rotary Club 75th Anniversary Dinner

1 tape, 90 mins.

Springfield Rotary Club members celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Rotary Club with speeches and discussions of the Rotary Club Oral History Project.

OPEN
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See also Springfield Rotary Club Project

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Click to ExpandSA54* Sandretto, Mamie b. 1907

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Sandretto, Italian immigrant, discusses coming to the U.S., Depression, factory work during WWII, life in Henderson and Gillespie, Illinois, coal mining and the Progressive Miners during the mine wars of the 1930's. She also discusses family photo albums and genealogy.

Interview by Michael E. Alepra, 1991
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandSCA49.2* Scalzo, Lillian (1900-1984)

5 tapes, 260 mins.

Scalzo recalls her interest and involvement with the arts: attending Kandinsky Academy and the Chicago Art Institute, establishment of the Springfield Art Association, teaching art, collections and exhibits, and types and styles of art. She also discusses studying music at Ursuline Academy in Springfield.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and articles.
See also SCA49 Scalzo

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Click to ExpandSCH58* Schneider, Goldie (1897-1982)

1 tape, 80 mins.

Schneider discusses her husband's coal mining work in central Illinois: organization of the Progressive Miners, union conflicts, work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary, uniforms, and meetings, the junior auxiliary, mine shutdowns, work in a clothing factory, and raising chickens.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandSCH81* Schull, Ben (1888-1978)

3 tapes, 270 mins.

Schull discusses his coal mining career around Illinois: digging coal and driving mules in Vermillion County, working as a mine manager and inspector in southern Illinois, duties as director of the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals, mining conditions, hazards, and safety, mechanization, roofbolting, equipment, the coal industry, conflicts with between unions and management, conflicts between unions, the Mulkeytown March, mine closings, and changes in mining.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandSCO67* Scopel, Victor (1913-1995)

1 tape, 90 mins.

Scopel discusses his experiences as a coal miner in Benld, Illinois: organization of the Progressive Miners, their meetings and leaders, union conflicts, a detailed account of the Mulkeytown March, and the Depression in Benld.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1975
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandSE34* Seeling, Alfred b. 1919

1 tape, 120 mins.

Seeling, coal miner, discusses his experiences in strip mines in central Illinois and Kentucky: various jobs held, strip mining, machines, and operators; life in Du Quoin and Canton, Illinois; reclamation of land, coal production, and mine closings.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandSH19J* Shannon, Joseph James b. 1900

4 tapes, 350 mins.

Shannon, coal miner, discusses activities of the United Mine Worker's union in southern Illinois: its organization and administration, elections, finances, contracts, members and offices; union conflicts, strikes and violence; John L. Lewis and the local, national, and international UMW; districts and meetings. He also discusses coal mining in Zeigler and West Frankfort, Illinois: work as a trapper, mule driver, and mine examiner, shifts and wages, coal types, and electricity in the mines.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976-77
OPEN
For collateral file see J9/5/24

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Click to ExpandSH49* Shepherd, Mike b. 1945

4 tapes, 360 mins.

VIETNAM
Shepherd discusses his experiences in the Vietnamese Conflict: enlistment in the Air Force, training as a Radio and Production Specialist, transfer to Vietnam, duties as a combat reporter, and return to the U.S.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandSO51* Soma, Marguerite Beechler (1894-1997)

5 tapes, 450 mins.

Soma discusses 20th century Springfield, Illinois: growing up, childhood games, chores, and diseases; schools; neighborhoods and streets; entertainment, businesses, and churches. She also discusses Petersburg, the Bates Experimental Road, WWI, and radio programs.

Interview by Dee Nelson, 1988-89
OPEN
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Click to ExpandSP27* Spartin, Peter (1926-1982)

1 tape, 60 mins.

Spartin, coal mine engineer, discusses Illinois strip mining, mine equipment, mining studies, reclamation, coal production, and other energy production.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
RESTRICTED: To be used for historical purposes only.


Click to ExpandSU65* Summers, Phyllis b. 1917

11 tapes, 565 mins.

Summers recalls 20th century Illinois rural life: 4-H club and activities, demonstrations, awards, and trips; home life and family; University of Illinois; teaching; life in Galva and New Holland; marriage; WWII; race segregation; 4-H involvement as an adult; life in Chatham, the Chatham Methodist Church and its activities; family relationships, being widowed, and women's roles.

Interview by Rita Singer, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandSW35* Sweeney, Tom b. 1900

2 tapes, 120 mins.

Sweeney, coal miner and lawyer, discusses coal mining and union activities in Franklin and Christian Counties, Illinois: mechanization, wages, importance of coal, union conflicts, the Herrin massacre, violence, the "white card" movement, John L. Lewis, and the mine wars. He also briefly discusses attending Lincoln Law School in Springfield, his law practice in Taylorville, coal miners and the law.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1977
OPEN
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Click to ExpandT115* Tabor, Thomas

CLOSED


Click to ExpandT148* Talmant, Dominic b. 1914

5 tapes, 450 mins.

Talmant discusses his parents' immigration from Lithuania to Springfield, Illinois, hsi childhood, schooling, Depression, his business the Blue Danube nightclub, WWII, battles and war stories, his family, jobs at the Leland and St. Nicholas Hotels, and work at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Interview by Ron Talmant, 1979
OPEN
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Click to ExpandT178* Tarro, Benny (1898-1985); Fries, Frank

1 tape, 60 mins.

Tarro, grocer, and Fries, coal miner, relate stories of Benld and Gillespie, Illinois during prohibition and the Depression; also the organization of the Progressive Miners, union meetings, the Mulkeytown March, and strikes.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
RESTRICTED: No legal release.
For collateral file see J9/5/24
See also F915 Fries, F915.2*


Click to ExpandT216* Taylor, Robert S. b. 1924

4 tapes, 265 mins.

Taylor, a retired teacher and principal, discusses his experiences in education: high school and college education in Lincoln, Illinois and at Illinois State University, teaching in Lincoln, supplies and books, students, teachers and staff, discipline, becoming a principal, working at two different schools, teaching techniques, changes in schools and programs, accomplishments and failures in education.

Interview by Steve Sauer, 1991
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandV277* Vance, Philip

CLOSED


Click to ExpandW364* Wayham, Nona (1884-1982)

10 tapes, 475 mins.

Wayham recalls rural life in Green and Jersey Counties, Illinois during the late 19th and early 20th century: entertainment, quilting parties, ice cream and box socials, Carrollton High School, courtship, nursing, farm life, people and neighborhoods in Jerseyville, homemade foods, raising chickens, and life in a nursing home.

Interview by Theresa Baker, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW389* Weber, Jessica

2 tapes, 90 mins.

Weber, writer and journalist, discusses her interest in writing: attending Greenville College, work for Springfield's State Journal-Register, police and legislative reporting, sexism, and writing novels.

Interview by Rhonda Golden, 1983
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
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Click to ExpandW438* Weitkamper, Reba Alberta (1916-1986)

4 tapes, 360 mins.

Weitkamper discusses growing up in Litchfield and Hillsboro, Illinois: family, neighborhoods, holiday activities, and early schooling. She also recalls attending the University of Illinois: professors, courses, dorm life, recreational and social activities. She also describes life in Springfield and Peoria: work at the Illinois State Library, marriage and children, and teaching.

Interview by James P. Coble, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW459* Weller, Alice b. 1915

4 tapes, 330 mins.

Weller discusses growing up in coal mining communities in central Illinois; joining the Progressives during the mine wars; gangsters; life in Henderson, Illinois; working in factories; enlistment in the Marines during WWII; and family and post WWII life.

Interview by Michael E. Alepra, 1991
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandW697* Wilson, Roland (1891-1979)

3 tapes, 150 mins.

Wilson discusses his coal mining experiences in southern Illinois: working with his father, loading coal, wages, cars, mules, a hoisting engineer's duties, boilers, cages, being a boss, accidents, the Depression, roofbolting and pulling pillars, miner's hats and lights, mechanization, undercutting and breast machines, unions and John L. Lewis, ethnicity in the mines, and playing baseball in the minors in Pekin, Illinois.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1976
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW850* Wood, William S. (1923-1995)

4 tapes, 360 mins.

Wood, oilfield geologist, discusses his experiences in the Army Air Force during WWII: enlistment, assignment as a B-24 bomber radio operator and waist gunner, bombing raids in Europe, being shot down and captured in Yugoslavia, and internment at Stalag-Luft IV. He also discusses growing up in Mount Carmel, Illinois and attending Washington University in St. Louis.

Interview by Thomas J. Wood, 1993
RESTRICTED: No legal release.
See collateral file: partial edited transcript and photocopied photos and articles.


Click to ExpandW862* Woods, Betty Tabor; Woods, Edward English (1920-1998)

2 tapes, 135 mins.

Betty and Edward Woods discuss the history and business of Maldaner's Restaurant in Springfield. They also discuss her father, Walter Tabor, who owned and managed the restaurant; also employees' duties, meals, catering, bakery, and service.

Interview by Jo Saner, 1977
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or published.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, partial transcript.


Click to ExpandW989* Wymore, Maxine Danner (1924-2000)

no tape

Wymore discusses serving on the General Government Committee at the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention.

Interview by Cullom Davis, Kim Hoffman, Marilyn Huff Immel, and Timothy J. Jones, 1987.
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: partial unedited transcript.


Click to ExpandZ19* Zarf, Fred b. 1921

10 tapes, 600 mins.

Zarf, Austrian immigrant, discusses growing up in Austria after WWI: family, housing, and schooling; emigration to Springfield, Illinois, Depression, coal mining and mine wars; WWII: enlistment, training, and service and combat in the North African and Italian Campaigns; family life, construction work and projects, and a return visit to Austria.

Interview by Barbara Barnett, 1985
OPEN: Narrator reserves right to review edited transcript.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photos, and a partial unrevised transcript.

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