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Click to ExpandB125. Bachrach, Henry b. 1916

Interview and Memoir

11 tapes, 665 mins., 280 pp.

Henry Bachrach discusses his family's clothing store in Decatur, Illinois: its founding, merchandise, sales, credit system, effect of the Depression, departments, finances, employees, advertising, and branch stores. He also discusses his family history and life in Decatur: childhood and school, WWII Army service, anti-Semitism, and travels to Africa and Asia.

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


Click to ExpandB174. Baker, J. Harold "Bud" b. 1907

Memoir
209 pp.

Baker, a lifelong resident of Waggoner, Illinois, discusses changes which have taken place in the community, farm technology, and transportation. He recalls businesses, electrification, and social activities in Waggoner. He also discusses railroad service, stockyards and grain elevators near the tracks, depot activity, and local lumberyards and trucking services. He discusses farming in the 20's and 30's, planting, harvesting, threshing, fertilizers, pest control, crop storage, farm implements, livestock, butchering, and canning. He discusses cooperation between farmers, farming hazards, "well witching," road improvements, the Ku Klux Klan, and neighbors who served in WWI.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1985
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB228. Banton, Albert

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 14 pp.

HISTORIC SITES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Banton, National Park Service Superintendent at the Abraham Lincoln Home in Springfield, discusses his work in creating the Lincoln Home National Historic Site as well as his interest in the Park Service.

Interview by Mrs. Mary Louise McCarthy, 1980
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB229. Baptist, Marty

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 6 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Baptist, a member of the Springfield Rotary Club since 1970, recalls his reasons for joining, induction ceremony, social activities, fundraisers, and fellow members.

Interview by P.J. Waggaman, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB233. Barber, Henry

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 12 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Henry Barber, a member of the Springfield Rotary Club since 1947, recalls international and fund-raising activities, his involvement with the Board of Directors, his service as president, changes in the Rotary, and the club's impact on the community.

Interview by Mike Schramm, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB263. Barnes, Russell (1903-1987)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 68 min., 33 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Russell Barnes, former patient aide at the Jacksonville (Illinois) State Hospital, discusses changes in treatment and public attitudes toward mental illness. He recalls working conditions, daily tasks, and relations between supervisors and co-workers. He also discusses patients' living conditions, recreation, meals, and therapy. He also discusses the hospital's tuberculosis cottages, underground tunnels, gymnasium, gardens, carousel, and miniature golf course.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: brochure with pictures of the hospital

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB270. Barr, Margaret d. 1973

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 18 min., 7 pp.

ONE ROOM SCHOOL PROJECT
Barr recalls teaching in a one room rural school house in Macoupin County, Illinois during the 1930's, salary, community support, and the schoolhouse.

Interview by Jane Stout, 1972
RESTRICTED: may be used only at the University of Illinois at Springfield
See collateral file


Click to ExpandB277. Barringer, Floyd (1915-1993)

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 570 min., 2 vols., 169 pp.

Dr. Barringer, neurosurgeon and historian, discusses experiences as a doctor; early years in Emden, Illinois; his father, a country doctor; education in Lincoln, Illinois and at the University of Illinois; medical training in Chicago; his work as a volunteer for the "Doctors for Britain Project"; conditions in England during WWII; training for neurosurgery; and returning to practice in Springfield following the war. He discusses changes in health care over the years and the qualities of good doctors. He also discusses his interest in history: his involvement with the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Sangamon County Historical Society; the restoration of the Governor's Mansion, Elijah Iles House, Freeman-Hughes House, and the Dana Thomas House; and his books: Historic Homes of Springfield, Oak Ridge Cemetery, and Historic Tour of Springfield; papers and research projects: The History of Memorial Medical Center, Florence Nightingale, and The Spring Creek Anthology.

Interview by Elaine Birtch, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and correspondence pertaining to interview

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandB287H. Bartscht, Hurshel (1913-1989)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 14 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Hurshel Bartscht, member of Springfield's First Congregational Church, discusses the rebuilding the church after it was destroyed by fire in 1956; support from the Springfield religious community; services in Temple B'rith Sholom; groundbreaking ceremonies for the new church; and his thoughts on service to the church.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandB287R. Bartscht, Ruth b. 1913

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 16 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Ruth Bartscht, member of Springfield's First Congregational Church, discusses church events, women's fellowship activities, the church choir, fund-raisers, church fire in 1956, rebuilding process, support from the religious community, and the groundbreaking of the new church at Bates and Cherry Streets.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB321. Batson, Bob (Robert) (1923-1985)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 min., 40 pp.

Batson, a consultant in Public Administration, discusses the process by which Sangamon State University was formed in 1968-1970, the ideas which influenced its conception, the hiring of the first faculty, difficulties in the recruiting process and implementation of plans, concerns regarding cronyism and nepotism, and the opening of the university in 1970.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1979
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB322. Battuello, Jack #1 (1899-1980)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 291 min., 77 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Battuello, coal miner, discusses his participation in the Progressive Miners of America, its activities and leaders, and helping to write its constitu-tion; also working conditions in Illinois coal mines of the 1930's, union activities, black lung disease, and the Mulkeytown march. He also discusses living conditions for miners, community response to miners, union leadership, women's support, and violent protests.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky and Bobbie Herndon, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, pamphlet describing charges brought against Battuello, and obituary

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also B322.2*, B322T* Tillie Battuello


Click to ExpandB327. Baumhardt, Walter (1914-1993)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 min., 7 pp.

GERMAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Baumhardt, German-American, discusses attitudes toward Germans during WWII while in the Army, and the treatment he received because of his parentage. He also discusses his experiences as a translator for German prisoners of war, and visits to Germany after the war.

Interview by Leslie Leamons, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file
Tape also contains Rocky Schoenrock interview

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB334. Baxter, Ivan

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 10 pp.

Baxter discusses pioneer families who settled in the Sangamon Valley in Cass County, Illinois.

Interview by Majorie Taylor, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB380. Beatty, John

Memoir
42 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
John Beatty describes river life: growing up on the Ohio River; steamboats; people who made their living on the water; salvaging logs on the Big Sandy River; lumber mills; saloons in Catlettsburg, Kentucky; and running whiskey during prohibition. He also recalls riverboat collisions, wrecks, and the salvaging operations involved. Also discusses diving to salvage scrap iron, operating a crane, running a tow boat and scrap derrick, and working for the marine underwriters Neare Gibbs & Co. as a marine surveyor.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB381. Beatty, W.C. b. 1886

Memoir
35 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
W.C. Beatty recalls boats, captains, and various river men who made their living on the Big Sandy and Little Kanawha Rivers in the early 20th century. He discusses logging, lumber mill business, signals used by boatmen, equipment on boats, construction of coal barges, iron works at Ironton, Ohio, river hazards, and his river occupations.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandB388. Becker, Helen Hemmick (1896-1986)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 75 pp.

Becker recalls early 20th century life in Springfield: her family and home life; education at Sacred Heart Academy and the Bettie Stuart Institute; funerals; childhood games; neighborhoods; and volunteer activities. She also mentions the homefront during WWI and WWII, the 1908 race riot, and Springfield entertainments.

Interview by Kay MacLean, 1975
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB390. Bedford, Virginia b. 1910

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 min., 12 pp.

Bedford, an employee of the Pleasant Plains school lunch program, discusses the operation of the school cafeteria, ordering food, menu planning, and working conditions for employees.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file
Tape also contains Alice Powers interview

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB413B. Bell, Betty Brooks b. 1923

Memoir
27 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Betty Brooks Bell, wife of William Bell, discusses life in Mexico with her husband beginning in 1949 as members of an IIAA field party working to improve water supplies to towns. She discusses living conditions, language difficulties, raising her two children, hired help, companionship with the other wives, experience with volcanoes, shopping at local markets, trips around Mexico, and items they were able to purchase. She also discusses the family's relocation to Costa Rica, and compares the customs, life styles, and governments of Mexico and Costa Rica.

Interview by James and Elvera L. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced without written permission from the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.


Click to ExpandB413M. Bell, Mary b. 1924

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 min., 75 pp.

Mary Bell discusses her early family life as the child of Japanese immigrants in Seattle, Washington; growing up in an international community; education at both American and Japanese schools; Japanese customs; her family's visit to Japan in the mid 1930's; and her father's illness which required them to stay in Japan during WWII. She also describes her home life in Japan; temple customs; Buddhist funerals; holidays; education at a Canadian Missionary School; feelings about WWII; wartime conditions in Japan; government control of war news and information; rationing; fire bombing of Tokyo; and the occupying American soldiers and General MacArthur. She also discusses her courtship and marriage to Charles Bell, an American soldier stationed in Japan following the war, her return to America, arrival in Springfield and employment with Horace Mann.

Interview by Dottie Hopkins, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: photo

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB413W. Bell, William E. b. 1921

Memoir
19 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
William E. Bell, a sanitary engineer, husband of Betty Bell, discusses moving his family to Mexico and later to Costa Rica as part of an IIAA field party from 1949-1954. He discusses how Mexican and American engineers cooperated to design and construct water supply systems, sewage systems, and health centers. He discusses flaws in the programs, difference in attitudes between countries towards public health, and differences in the governments and social structures of Mexico and Costa Rica.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced without written permission from the Oral History Research Office of Columbia University, New York.


Click to ExpandB414. Bellaver, John (1901-1992)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 68 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Bellaver, coal miner, discusses his experiences working in Illinois coal mines: hazardous working conditions, changes brought by mechanization, the United Mine Workers Union and Progressive Miners of America, Mulkeytown march, and shootings in Taylorville and Springfield. He also talks about his family history, his father's immigration from Italy, relations between different ethnic groups, mining communities, and family support. Also discusses bootlegging and organized crime in Christian County during the 1930's.

Interview by Carl Oblinger, 1985
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB434A. Benedict, Ann b. 1922

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 30 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Ann Benedict, wife of Donald Benedict, discusses the development of her personal ideology; teaching experiences; family background; views on feminism, civil rights, and social issues; sexist attitudes in society; women ministers; her involvement in the women's movement; ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois through the Religious Coalition for the ERA (RCERA); and her involvement with the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and correspondence regarding memoir

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB434D. Benedict, Donald b. 1917

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 min., 145 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Donald Benedict, socialist and pacifist, husband of Ann Benedict, discusses his studies at Albion College and Union Seminary; socialism and pacifism; living in Harlem, New York in the 1940's; experiences with racism and coal mine unions in the south; his arrest for refusing to register for the WWII draft; and events which eventually convinced him to enlist in 1945. Also discusses his efforts to promote racial equality; combating police brutality and violence encountered during protests; the 1943 race riots in Detroit; establishment of East Harlem Protestant Parish Group Ministry and West Side Parish in Cleveland, Ohio; service as executive director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago; and as a clergy member of the United Church of Christ.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB439. Bennett, Dr. Basil (1886-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 25 min., 13 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Dr. Bennett, resident of Shawneetown, Illinois since 1916, recalls the location of buildings in the town, the bank's interior, his duties working for the state as a veterinary surgeon, and experiences during the 1937 Ohio River flood.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB440. Bennett, Joe

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 min., 9 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Joe Bennett, Illinois Bell Telephone Company employee, discusses Cairo, Illinois; its location and development as a center for river trade on the Mississippi, Ohio, and the Cache Rivers; economic and social concerns; the telephone company; and his father's impressions of the 1937 flood.

Interview by Jerry Veach, 1973
RESTRICTED: May be read but cannot be quoted, cited or reproduced
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Click to ExpandB443. Benson, Leon (1907-1990)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 min., 37 pp.

Benson, a railroad worker for the Chicago, Burlington, Quincy and Santa Fe railroads in Galesburg, Illinois, discusses changes in railroad technology, work, and travel; railroad structures, engines, and personnel; methods of communication between engineers, crew members, and depots; transportation of grain and livestock; working and living conditions for section gangs; railroad strikes; Galesburg businesses using the railroad; conditions on passenger coaches; mail delivery; and his experiences on the Rock Island-Southern Railroad.

Interview by Margaret Klusmeyer, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: photographs of Leon Benson, downtown Galesburg in 1912, CB&Q depot in Galesburg, and train engines

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB461. Bertetti, Frank b. 1901

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 min., 26 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Frank Bertetti, a Superior Coal Company employee in Benld, Illinois, discusses the mine wars, United Mine Workers, Progressive Miners, and his participation in the Mulkeytown march. He discusses the ambush of PMA members on the Mulkeytown march, sit-down strikes, treatment of dissenters, the role of the mines and unions in the community, impact and resistance to competing unions, and working conditions at the mines. He discusses his later work as superintendent of schools and discusses his thoughts on education, communism, and political economy.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also B461.2*


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Click to ExpandB465. Bettag, Otto (1906-1990)

Interview and memoir
10 tapes, 900 min., 147 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Dr. Bettag, former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, discusses his medical training and experiences combating tuberculosis; experiences at Cincinnati General Hospital and the Veterans' Administration at Hines, Illinois; and as chief surgeon at Whitehaven Sanitorium in Pennsylvania, treating tuberculosis patients and miners with "black lung" disease. He discusses treating tuberculosis at the Pontiac prison; his tenure as the first state tuberculosis medical official and as tuberculosis control officer of Chicago; term as Director of the Depart-ment of Public Welfare, relationship with Governor Stratton; organization of state services through the Department of Public Welfare; and changes in the treatment of patients at psychiatric institutions. He discusses allegations of fraud in the Welfare Department; Governor Stratton's trial for income tax evasion; and the use of drugs in the treatment of mental illness. Articles written about and by Bettag are interspersed throughout the memoir and a summary of accomplishments during his tenure with the Department of Public Welfare is also included.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper articles, Welfare Bulletin, summary of activities, and statement made to Illinois legislature.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB466. Bettinghaus, George (1899-1982)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 min., 25 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Bettinghaus, an employee of the Springfield Marine Bank discusses banking during the 1920's, the Depression and WWII; changes which have occurred in the profession, personnel, banking equipment and practices; working conditions, bank location, organization of departments, branch banking, the American Institute of Banking at Springfield College, the 1951 Marine Bank Centennial Celebration, and the closing of the Ridgely-Farmers National Bank in 1932.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file: obituary

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB467. Betzig, Edward b. 1914

Memoir
57 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Betzig, teacher and economist, discusses his work with foreign aid projects in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Argentina; their economies, politics, conflicts and relations with the U.S.; social, environmental, and political problems; education, agriculture, and military; and their economic development. He also discusses teaching and writing in Panama and other parts of Latin America before joining the IIAA.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1986
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or photocopied.


Click to ExpandB468. Beyer, Dorothy H. Wolf b. 1898

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 480 min., 116 pp.

Beyer, proprietor of one of the first nursery schools in Chicago, discusses her childhood, education, and married life with regard to her divergence from tradi-tional female roles. She relates family history, childhood in Garnett, Kansas; entertainment, social life and education in the early 1900's; electricity in the home, and her first automobile. She also discusses the Depression, WWI and WWII, her life in Chicago, her trip around the world, and reflects on the lives of her children and her reluctance to adhere to prescribed female behavior.

Interview by Susan Werler, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and family tree

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB532. Bird, Fred

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 min., 41 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Bird, press secretary for Governor Ogilvie, 1969-1973, discusses his role in the administration; the role of the press; and Governor Ogilvie and his administration. He also discusses the reporters covering the Ogilvie administration; department heads; administrative techniques; office and staff relations; steering the governor through controversial issues; mistakes that were made; impact of the Kent State shootings on Illinois campuses; the 1968 Democratic Convention; and 1969 budget concerns.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1982
OPEN
See collateral file: correspondence and interviewer's notes

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB562. Blackburn, Don

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 min., 16 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Blackburn, a member of the Rotary Club for 48 years, discusses changes in the organization, activities and service to the community, experiences with Rotary Club International, fund raising activities, and vocational guidance for young people.

Interview by P.J. Waggaman
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB575. Blair, William McCormick

Memoir
94 pp., plus index

ADLAI E. STEVENSON PROJECT
Ambassador Blair, assistant to Adlai Stevenson from 1950-60, recalls his work with Stevenson on the Com-mittee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, his conversion to and support of the Democratic Party, and working on Stevenson's 1948 campaign for governor. He discusses Stevenson's private and public character, problems and successes of his term as governor of Illinois, the 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, his prospects for running in 1960, and his appointment as United Nations Ambassador. Blair also discusses Stevenson's relationships with John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, Estes Kefauver, Richard Daley, Jack Arvey, and Harry Truman.

Interview by John Luter, 1969
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced


Click to ExpandB619. Bliss, Robert R. b. 1911

Interview and memoir
2 tapes (audiocassette and VHS videocassette), 82 mins., 51 pp.

Bliss, long-time editor of the Montgomery County News, recalls changes in downtown Hillsboro, Illinois, in the 20th century. He recalls his work as a paperboy, beginnings as a journalist, the "boom times" of the 1920s, the effects of the Great Depression, and the impact of chain stores such as Sears and Wal-Mart on downtown Hillsboro. He discusses the construction and destruction of buildings in downtown Hillsoboro, and the succession of businesses there. He also recalls changes in agriculture, local government, banking and education in the course of the century.

Interview by Scott Millick, 1998.
OPEN
See collateral file: copies of photos of Bliss and downtown Hillsboro. Master manuscript only.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB631. Boch, Frank (1908-1990)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 9 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Boch, coal miner, discusses working conditions in the mines, competition between mines during the 20's, the Progressive Miners of America, conditions after the PMA strike, John L. Lewis, and strike breakers.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB631F. Boch, Frank (1908-1990) and Frederick Boch b. 1912

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 33 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Frank and his brother "Fritz" Boch, coal miners, discuss coal mining in Taylorville, Illinois: the process of hand loading in the coal mines, mechanization and layoffs, working conditions, mining equipment, hazards, miners' social activities, relations between bosses and miners, strikes and riots. They also discuss their family life, father's coal mining experiences, and their parent's experiences as German immigrants.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB633. Boehm, Marguerite (1894-1981)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 36 mins., 11 pp.

Marguerite Boehm discusses her nurses training at Mullanphy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri in 1917; the 1918 influenza epidemic; difficulties obtaining medical alcohol during prohibition; crime and gang warfare in St. Louis during the 20's; and other experiences from her 50 years in nursing.

Interview by Karen Gregg, 1972
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB633M. Boehm, Mary (1899-1985)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 20 mins., 11 pp.

Mary Boehm recalls teaching school in a one-room school house near Bunker, Missouri in 1917. She discusses her training, salary, working conditions, living conditions, square dances, country transportation, and country life.

Interview by Karen Gregg, 1972
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB634. Boetta, Lester (1912-1994)

Interview and memoir
1 tapes, 61 min., 27 pp.

Boetta, coal miner, discusses mining at the Little Dog Mine at Gillespie, Illinois and the Progressive Miners of America. He also discusses changes in mining technology, working conditions, safety developments, miners' wages and hours, the use of mules in the mines, and miners in his family.

Interview by H. Dean Campbell, c. 1983
RESTRICTED: Memoir may be read in UIS Archives only. No circulating copy.

See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photos of Little Dog Mine, and mining equipment; constitution and bylaws of the PMA, contract between the Coal Producers Association of Illinois and the PMA (1945-1947), program of the 1967 National First Aid and Mine Rescue Contest, photos and scrapbook on John Marchiando (head of the PMA), and newspaper articles on unions and John L. Lewis.
See also B634.2*


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Click to ExpandB640. Bone, Evan

Memoir
11 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Bone discusses working on the Ohio River dam system from Pittsburgh to Cairo, technology and equipment used in dam construction, ice piers at Hockingport in 1904, the Fernbank Dam, and hazards.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB641. Bonefeste, Joe b. 1922

Interview and memoir
1 microcassette, 60 mins., 17 pp.

Bonefeste, member of the Springfield Municipal Band since 1951, discusses changes in the band since it was formed in the 30's, including the admittance of female band members, desegregation, band members, guest conductors and musicians, performances, music performed, and audiences.

Interview by John Headrick, 1988
OPEN

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Click to ExpandB644. Borgognoni, Frank b. 1924

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 32 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Borgognoni, coal miner, discusses his family history and emigra-tion from Italy, violence between the United Mine Workers and the Progressive Miners of America during the 1930's, tactics employed by the coal companies and the unions, hazardous working conditions in the mines, mechanization, cooperation among neighbors, mining communities in Christian County, and the varied ethnic and religious backgrounds of miners. He also discusses the operation of a family tavern which was frequented by PMA members, his upbringing and family life.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB645. Borop, James (Reverend) b. 1919

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 344 mins., 99 pp.

Borop, a retired captain in the United States Navy, discusses family and childhood in rural Illinois, Depression years, education at Eureka College, and his Naval Acade-my training. He discusses service during WWII maintaining the blockade at Panama; service on the U.S.S. Milwaukee and the U.S.S. Marblehead; his eyewitness experience of the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, and the effects of the explosion on the men, ships, and animals present. He also discusses his experiences working at a ship repair facility in Yokosuka, Japan; Japanese culture; changes in Japan following the war and American occupation. He also describes post-WWII military conditions and the development of nuclear submarines. He also talks about his retirement and work as a pastor of two Disciples of Christ churches in central Illinois.

Interview by Don Vanzant, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied photos.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandB684. Bowman, John b. 1934

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 240 min., 53 pp.

Bowman, professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and faculty advisor for the Students for a Demo-cratic Society (SDS) from 1965 to 1970, recalls student activism on campus: student leaders, riots and demonstrations; the response of faculty, administration, and police to the unrest; seizure of the administrative building; the National Guard; and consequences of the students actions. He also discusses racial relations between students and between students and the administration, conditions of black students on campus, the involvement of the Black Panthers, and consequences of the student strike.

Interview by Don Richardson, 1972 and by Edward Palmer, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB727. Bradford, Isabella (1898-1976)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 11 pp.

Bradford, former executive secretary of the Red Cross, recalls her service with the Red Cross, specifically during the WWII war effort: volunteer projects, war fund campaigns, blood drives, the Nurses Aide Corps, Dietician Corps, and the organization of the Sangamon County Red Cross.

Interview by JoAnne Wheeler, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, Red Cross brochure and newsletter, Pleasant Plains School District newsletter.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandB728. Bradley, Ralph b. 1906

Interview and memoir
11 tapes, 990 mins., 138 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Bradley, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture 1961-63, discusses his work with Governor Kerner's administration: regulations and departments, staff, and problems encountered. He also discusses his interest in agriculture and politics; work with the Rural Electrification Administration; organization of Illinois Farmers' Union; farm legislation; farmers' support of President Kennedy; state politics and farmers; his association with politicians; and his work and relationship with President Kennedy.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1981
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced. Bradley holds copyrights on tapes and transcripts.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandBrannen, James S.

Click to ExpandB735. Brasell, Ruth K. (1891-1986)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 29 pp.

Brasell, a teacher in one room rural schools, recalls teaching near Beardstown, the school building, students, training and duties as teacher. Also discusses the educa-tional system, Christmas programs and special events, consolidation of rural schools, and teaching in the town of Arenzville. She discusses her life as a farm wife, crops, raising chickens, preparing homemade foods and threshing dinners, her community and St. Peter's Church.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB736. Brasher, Captain

Memoir
12 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Brasher, steamboat captain, discusses his experiences on the Ohio River, his family's history working on the river, riverboat technology, and traffic on the Ohio River.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

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Click to ExpandB737. Brauer, Ewell (1912-1994)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 31 pp.

Brauer, Cass County farmer, discusses farming methods and their changes over the years, farm implements, machinery, crops, livestock and farm structures. He recalls farm life in the 1920's, his family history, his education, social activities, the Depression years, and conditions during WWII.

Interview by Mary Jane Feagans, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: family photographs and interviewer's notes

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Click to ExpandB756. Bretz, Geraldine (1909-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 26 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Bretz, first female officer of the Springfield Marine Bank, discusses her 44 years at the bank working in various capacities, from secretary to bank officer. She relates changes over the years with regard to her own job responsibilities, service to customers, the bank's physical appearance and also discusses conditions during the Depression and WWII, past bank supervisors, and the centennial celebration in 1951.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN

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Click to ExpandB764. Bridgewater, Lottie (1877-1978)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 30 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Bridgewater, a black resident of Springfield, discusses her employment as a housekeeper in various households, treatment by white employers, social conditions faced by blacks in Springfield and in the South, and difficulties encountered in buying her own home. Other topics include her travels in the United States and the Holy Land, attending the 1955 Baptist World Alliance in England, volunteer work at church and at Memorial Hospital, her family history, Springfield in the 1920's, and racial prejudice encountered in her daily life.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photos

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Click to ExpandBriggs, Charles W. Jr.

Click to ExpandB771. Bringer, Edmund A. (1905-1997)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 360 mins., 83 pp.

Bringer, retired Illinois Bell Telephone employee, discusses experiences with Illinois Bell, his education and early employment, improvements in telephone technolo-gy, his work teaching safety courses, and working in Cairo during a flood. He also discusses his childhood in the early 1900's, family history, his marriage and raising a family, effects of the Depression, work during WWII and life on the homefront. Other topics include his vacations along the East Coast, resorts in Havana, Illinois, and anecdotes from his travels through England, Ireland, and Scotland. References are made to Bringer's work on the "Manhattan Project" during WWII, attending the Chicago's World Fair in the 1930's, and meeting Sally Rand.

Interview by Alison A. Coffey, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied pictures, newspaper articles regarding Bringer's retirement, correspondence regarding Safety Demonstration Board, and a telephone company safety brochure.

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Click to ExpandB777. Brittin, Arthur T. (1899-1974)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 5 pp.

SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT
Brittin, a resident of Sherman, Illinois, relates a second hand account of the 1908 race riot. He discusses his uncle's involvement, lynchings and destruction in the city of Springfield.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB778.1. Britz, Dorothy Steele #1 & #2 (1914-1997)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 510 mins., 96 pp.

Britz, daughter of a coal miner, recalls living conditions and family life during the period 1920 through WWII. She describes life growing up in Riverton near the Sangamon River, year-round activities on the river, learning to respect the dangers of the river, her family's first car, housework, and recreation. She also discusses coping during the Depression, towns along the river, coal miners and the Progressive Miners of America in the 1930's, the PMA Women's Auxiliary, life as a young working woman in Springfield, and starting her own family. She recalls the resourcefulness of women in maintaining the home during difficult times, the home front during WWI and WWII, and family and friends who served in the WWII. She also discusses presidents and politics from Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.

Interview by Sandra Britz Armbruster, 1980
OPEN
Memoir includes B778.2
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied pictures, and samples of Britz's poetry.

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Click to ExpandB778.2. Britz, Dorothy Steele #2 (1914-1997)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 12 pp.

SANGAMON RIVER PROJECT
Dorothy Britz recalls her life growing up on the Sangamon River in the town of Riverton. She discusses work and play on the river, dangers on the water, the flood of 1926, the landscape, plants and animals in the area, and river pollution.

Interview by Judy Haynes, 1980
OPEN
Memoir included in B778.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied pictures, and samples of Britz's poetry


Click to ExpandB783. Brockmeier, John S. (Reverend) (1894-1976)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 36 pp.

Reverend Brockmeier discusses his involvement in labor unions, church-union relationships, formation of the Progressive Miners of America, struggles between United Mine Workers and the Progressives, and his work in union arbitration and organization. He also discusses his work with the Springfield community and The Western Catholic newspaper, his WCVS radio program, the formation of the Sacred Heart Credit Union, the Springfield Advertising and Public Relations Club, Depression years in Springfield, ethnic communities in Springfield, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and Brockmeier's obituary

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Click to ExpandB785. Broeker, Loreine b. 1911

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 20 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Broeker, member of Springfield's First Congregational Church, discusses the events and activities of her association with the church. She recalls Christmas celebrations, Forefathers' Day Dinners, the destruction of the church by fire in 1956, fundraising and rebuilding, support from the religious community, involvement with the choir, church members and leaders, changes in the church building and activities, and women's groups. Broeker also shares her peanut brittle recipe.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: for interviewer's notes, see Mabel Byerly memoir

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Click to ExpandB792. Brosch, Charles W. Jr.

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 3 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Brosch, Rotary Club member since 1947, discusses the Roy T. Jefferson Memorial Building project, the Rotary International Golden Anniversary held in Springfield, and his correspondence with a Rotary president from Saigon.

Interview by P.J. Waggaman, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file: correspondence and a draft of Brosch's written memoir

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Click to ExpandB811. Brown, David H. b. 1920

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 270 mins., 58 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
David Brown, the flight leader of the 79th fighter group, discusses his experiences as an air force pilot during WWII, the African campaign, and Mareth Line bomb-ing; his capture by Italian soldiers, his escape attempts, internment at the Stalag Luft III prison camp near Sagan, Germany; treatment of prisoners and their relations with captors and other allied prisoners of war. He also discusses prisoner's plans for digging tunnels as a means of escape; the Russian winter offensive and death march; internment at Mooseburg POW camp; and liberation by the American Army led by General Patton. The narrative contains references to many of the names, places and events of WWII. He also discusses his postwar life as the flight leader of the first Thunderbolt Aerobatic Team and as a farmer and owner of a business on Route 66.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, Brown's membership record in the Springfield Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, photocopied photographs, a list of the contents of a Red Cross food parcels, drawings of the prison camp, illustrations and articles.

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Click to ExpandB812. Brown, Douglas b. 1905

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 13 pp.

Douglas Brown discusses WWII and its impact on local businesses: war-time restrictions, war-time production, rationing, transportation, ordnance plants and military facilities in and around Springfield. References are made to Pearl Harbor and Victory Gardens.

Interview by Joanne Wheeler, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB813. Brown, LeRoy b. 1884

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 19 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
LeRoy Brown talks about his experiences farming, his work as a coachman, discrimination encountered in daily life, the 1908 race riot and its aftermath, Springfield neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and schools.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN

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Click to ExpandB814. Brown, Ogden (1916-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 20 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Ogden Brown, long-time Springfield resident and member of the First Congregational Church, discusses church activities, Fore-Fathers' Day Dinners, destruction of the church by fire in 1956, support from the Temple B'rith Sholom, fundraising and reconstruction, and changes in the church over the years. He also discusses some of the positions he has held within the church including steward-, moderator, a member of the Handy Andys, and a member of the Pulpit Committee.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB818. Browne, Richard G. (1901-1995)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 71 pp.

ILLINOIS COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Richard Browne discusses issues confronting higher education, the Board of Higher Education's budget matters during the early 1960's, the attitude of larger universities toward the establishment of community colleges, the work of the Junior College Board (1965-1971), his consulting work, and the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. He relates his experiences as student, instructor and administrator, his tenure as Director of the Illinois Legislative Council, Research Director of the Illinois School of Finance and Tax Commission, and the years he served on the Teachers College Board and the Illinois Commission on Higher Education. Other topics include his family history and education, teaching high school in Marion, Illinois, studies at Northwestern University, and recollections of educators, administrators and politicians. He also relates anecdotes about the naming of Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois.

Interview by Ernst Giesecke, 1976
OPEN
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Click to ExpandB834. Brumfield, Lloyd (1924-1984) and Shirley Brumfield b. 1933

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 25 pp.

SANGAMON RIVER PROJECT
Lloyd and Shirley Brumfield, owners of "Brumie's Bait Shop" near Mahomet, Illinois, discuss life along the Sangamon River. They discuss the fish and wildlife in the area, raising their children on the river, the change of seasons, trapping, hunting, fishing, fish fries and camping as well as the river's dangers.

Interview by Judith Haynes, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, correspondence regarding interview and Lloyd Brumfield's obituary

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Click to ExpandB836. Brunner, Harold D. b. 1922

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 25 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Brunner, U.S. Marine, recalls his experiences as a prisoner of war. He discusses his capture by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands, imprisonment at the Osaka Prison Camp, treatment of prisoners, punishments, living conditions, working with Japanese civil-ians on work detail, prisoners' health problems, and his liberation and recovery. He also discusses some of the lasting effects of his P.O.W experience.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1985
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, Brunner's membership profile in the Springfield Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War

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Click to ExpandB843. Bryden, Olive Leone (1896-1988)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 111 pp.

Bryden, a long-time Springfield resident, recalls her early years in Decatur and moving to Springfield in 1906. She relates stories from her childhood, family life, holiday celebrations, chores, housework, illnesses and remedies, marriage, and raising her own family. She also discusses the city of Spring-field and its transportation facilities, roadways, parks, businesses, social activities, recreations, parks, schools, and neighborhoods. She also discusses the 1908 Springfield race riot, her father's employment with the Wabash Railroad, her participation with her husband in the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, and employment as a social worker for Sangamon County.

Interview by James Coble, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and family photographs.

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Click to ExpandB850D. Bucari, Doris

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 6 pp.

SPRINGFIELD INTERNATIONAL VISITORS COMMISSION
Doris Bucari, former co-chairman of the International Visitors Commission in Springfield, discusses the early days of the commission, its work, visitors from Indonesia and China, and people who worked on the commission.

Interview by Byron Booth, 1990
OPEN
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Click to ExpandB850J. Bucari, James b. 1912

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 11 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
James Bucari discusses his experiences as an Italian-American: discrimination, organized crime activity in the 1920's and 30's, gambling, Italian businesses and community in the Springfield area, and being accepted into American society. He also relates some of the experiences of his mother.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
RESTRICTED: Not to be used in any publication. May be read or listened to, but not quoted, cited, or published.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandB856. Buckles, Joseph R. (1902-1981)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 56 pp.

Buckles discusses life in the early 20th century in Pawnee, Illinois. He discusses experiences working for the Peabody Coal Company, the Depression, conflict in the mines, and bootlegging. He also discusses the people and businesses of Pawnee, the 1911 riot and hail storm, 1918 flu epidemic, immigrant neighbors, and changes in the town over the years.

Interview by Joyce Reynolds, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a photograph.

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Click to ExpandB858. Budinger, Francis J. (1899-1986)

Interview and memoir
tapes, 720 mins., 210 pp.

Budinger, former president of Springfield's Franklin Life Insurance Company, recalls work with the company beginning in 1923: the life insurance business, former executives, and changes made in the company. He also discusses his involvement in the Rotary Club, Springfield College and its Charles E. Becker Library, fundraising for St. John's Hospital, Prairie Capital Convention Center, and arts organizations. He also discusses his family back-ground, childhood in Chicago, education and early work experiences in sales, enlisting in the Student Army Training Corps at the University of Kansas, the 1918 flu epidemic, the Depression, his move to Springfield, and enrollment at Sangamon State University. He discusses awards and honors he has received, hobbies, family life, his life philosophy, European travels, and flying on the Concorde jet.

Interview by Josephine Saner, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandB860. Buechler, Donna K.

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 14 pp.

Buechler, nurse, discusses her Air Force experiences as nurse in the Vietnam War: serving as a flight nurse between Vietnam and Japan, nursing duties, hospital at Cam Ranh, living conditions, coping with work, feelings toward the Vietnamese people and the war, the anti-war movement, treatment of female Vietnam War veterans, and the lasting effects of the war.

Interview by Charles Hill, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: article on Buechler in the Illinois Times, November 11, 1993.

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Click to ExpandB880. Bumgardner, Alfred O. (1889-1983)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 6 pp.

Bumgardner, retired auto mechanic, discusses early automobiles, road conditions, effects of the Depression and WWII on the garage business, prohibition, and his sons serving in WWII.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a photo of Bumgardner.
Tape also contains ST72 Rolland Stone interview

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Click to ExpandB881. Bunch, Charles F. Sr. (1902-1979)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 139 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Bunch, retired state employee, discusses life in Centralia, Illinois as an African American; social conditions and school segregation, gambling and the Emancipation Day celebration. He also discusses Springfield neighborhoods, schools, and businesses in the 1930's and 40's, segregation and discrimination as both a citizen and state employee. He describes racially mixed neighborhoods, his 34 years as an employee of the state with the maintenance department, Illinois politicians, his poetry, family history, their education, and people who have influenced him. References are made to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jacob Bunn Jr., Simeon Osby (see OS2*), and Illinois Secretaries of State Edward J. Hughes, Richard Yates Rowe, Edward J. Barrett, Charles F. Carpentier, and Paul Powell.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: Interviewer's notes, copies of Bunch's poems and photographs.

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Click to ExpandB884G. Bunn, George W. Jr. #1 (1890-1973)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 222 mins., 57 pp.

George Bunn, Springfield businessman, discusses his family's history in Springfield: his grandfather's 1840's businesses, formation of the Marine Bank, and the Springfield Watch Company. He recalls his education at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and Princeton University, work in New York as a reporter and editorial assistant, WWI service, and Springfield during the Depression. He also discusses his involvement with the Abraham Lincoln Association, his tenure as trustee and president of the Public Library Board, War Fund Council 1941-1945, the Springfield Art Association, and the Hobby Horse press.

Interview by Sally Schanbacher, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: Interviewer's notes, a copy of The First Ten Years of the Hobby Horse Press 1934-1944, and article on the Princeton Triangle Club.

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Click to ExpandB884G.2. Bunn, George W. Jr. #2 (1890-1973)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 9 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Bunn, former president of the Springfield Marine Bank, discusses his involvement with the bank beginning in 1928, effects of the Depression on Springfield banks, employees and officers, the 1951 centennial celebration, and the Henry Bunn scholarship.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB884W. Bunn, Willard Jr. (1913-2002)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 13 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Willard ("Bunch") Bunn Jr., former President and Chairman of the Board, discusses the history of the Springfield Marine Bank. He recalls changes to the bank building and its services, effects of the Depression and WWII on local banks, employees and bank officers, and "Captain Marine."

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file
See also R245 Recollections of Old Springfield

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Click to ExpandB892. Burch, Marie (1897-1994)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 303 mins., 2 vols., 170 pp.

Burch, farmer from near Divernon, Illinois, discusses her childhood home, family and farm life, homemade foods, housework, clothing, country schools, holiday celebrations, and leisure time activities. She recalls her graduation trip, her college years at the University of Illinois, campus life, WWI, marriage and early widowhood, trip to Europe in 1930, Depression, WWII homefront, and the housing of couples released from German concentration camps. Also discusses agriculture, farming equipment, livestock, butchering, raising chickens and egg production, 4-H club, women's club, immigrant neighbors, and a trip to the Orient in 1972.

Interview by Elizabeth Dixon, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper articles from Divernon Women's Club activities, article written by brother Hayward T. McMurray, newspaper photograph of Mrs. Burch feeding hogs, and family tree.

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Click to ExpandB897. Burditt, George b. 1922

Interview and memoir
24 tapes, 1,129 mins., 2 vols., 307 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Burditt, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1964-73, discusses his achievements in public aid, health, welfare and safety, environmental protection, education, revenue and transportation. He recalls lobbyists, political ethics, Illinois Republican politics, his work on legislative committees (education, higher education, judiciary, and elections and reapportionment), the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention, and his unsuccessful 1974 bid for the U.S. Senate. Also discusses his involvement with Chicago area civic organizations and the Western Springs Plan Commission, work for the Republican party and the Eisenhower campaign, and experience with pure food laws. He also recalls his childhood in LaGrange, family, childhood entertainments, athletics, education, Depression, attending Harvard College, experiences in the air corps during WWII, law school and practice.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied pictures.

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Click to ExpandB912. Burgess, David b. 1917

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 221 mins, 38 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Burgess, Union Seminary WWII conscientious objector, discusses his experiences at Union Seminary as a student and conscientious objector to WWII, involvement with student peace groups, the migrant ministry, working for the CIO labor union, and his experiences with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and the Delmo Homes. Also discusses conditions in India and Indonesia, his work with the Peace Corps, racism and civil rights, experiences as Deputy Director of UNICEF, and the influence of his parents who served as missionaries in China.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB916. Burhans, Robert L. b. 1916

Interview and memoir
12 tapes, 848 mins., 116 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Burhans, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1949-65, discusses his years in the General Assembly: campaigning 1946 and 1948, Peoria County politics, legislative techniques, judicial legislation, Illinois political and judicial personalities, the press corps, and his judicial candidacy. He also recalls his youth in Peoria, Illinois, family, his father's medical practice, the Depression years, his education, attending the University of Michigan law school in 1935, and WWII experiences in the Navy.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, newsclippings, and correspondence from the president of the Chicago Bar Association.

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Click to ExpandBurlingame, Gordon

Click to ExpandB964. Bushnell, Harold R. b. 1929

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 21 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Bushnell, manager of the clothing department at Jacksonville State Hospital, discusses changes within the clothing and inventory departments, in staff uniforms, employee benefits, hiring practices, treatments for mental disorders and in the services offered by the hospital. He also recalls living conditions for employees on the hospital grounds.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandB971. Butcher, Irene (1902-1975)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 67 pp.

Butcher, Springfield businesswoman and owner of the Butcher Tavern, discusses Springfield in the early 1900's: its citizens and businesses, downtown, changes from rural to urban atmosphere, prohibition, race relations, and the Chinese regiment at Camp Lincoln during WWII. Also discusses her father's work as a coal miner in Pennsylvania and his role as co-founder of the United Mine Workers in that state, John F. Kennedy's assassination, the American system of government, political parties, and Illinois politics.

Interview by Bill Bergen, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and Butcher's obituary

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Click to ExpandB976. Butler, Edith Anderson (1889-1982)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 240 mins., 91 pp.

Butler, a descendant of Moses K. Anderson, an early settler of Springfield, discusses her family history, childhood, and early singing career in Springfield with the Billy Sunday Revival. She recalls the Sunday family, her courtship and marriage to a fellow singer Charles Butler, his singing career and death. Butler also discusses entertaining troops during WWI and compares Billy Sunday to Billy Graham.

Interview by Margaret Klusmeyer, 1974 - 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, copies of newspaper clippings.

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Click to ExpandB991. Byerly, Mabel (1910-1999)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 72 mins., 19 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Byerly, member of the First Congregational Church, discusses her participation in church activities, former pastors, Forefathers' Day Dinners, 1956 church fire, assistance from the Temple B'rith Sholom, new church building, women's activities, and affiliation with the United Church of Christ.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

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