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Click to ExpandCabanne, William C.

Click to ExpandC127. Caldwell, Fred (1902-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 68 mins., 42 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Caldwell discusses Shawneetown and the Shawneetown Bank, the Justice of the Peace office in the bank basement, and describes the building's lobby, vault, stairway, offices, and kitchen.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopy of newspaper photo of the Shawneetown Merchants baseball team.

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Click to ExpandC132. Callarman, Mabel (1891-1987)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 25 pp.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Callarman, member of Christ Church, recalls her membership with the church, family, church members, cooking, and women's groups at Christ Church in Springfield.

Interview by Sandra Armbruster, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC151. Campbell, Bob (1912-2001)

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

MOWEAQUA COAL MINE
Campbell recalls Moweaqua, Illinois: family, childhood games and chores, a job in an Gary, Indiana steel mill, and the effects of the 1932 Christmas Eve mine disaster.

Interview by Debbie Springer Horne, 1994
Donated by the Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
RESTRICTED: May be read, quoted or cited but not reproduced.


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Click to ExpandC152. Campbell, Ira

Memoir
12 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Campbell, resident of Jeffersonville, Indiana, discusses building boats at the Howard Shipyard, family, and riverboats.

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

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Click to ExpandC157. Campo, Nick (1894-1982)

Interview and memoir
11 tapes, 925 mins., 3 vols., 407 pp.

Campo, Italian immigrant, discusses life in the early 20th century: early years in Sicily and emigration to Springfield; railroad employment; unions, boarding houses, and working conditions as a coal miner in Pawnee, Kincaid, Taylorville, and Divernon; army experiences during WWI; managing Springfield restaurants: Gingham Gardens, Villa Valenca, and Travelers Inn; prohibition; working as a sales representative for Goebel Brewery; managing a food stand in the Illinois State Capitol; politicians; discrimination; Ku Klux Klan; the Italian community and in Springfield; and the Italian American Club.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC169. Cantrall, Evans E. (1884-1982)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 44 pp.

Cantrall, farmer, discusses rural life in the late 19th and early 20th century near Springfield: family life, a trip to Yellowstone National Park, education, employment, 1908 race riot, WWI, insurance business, hunting and farming.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC179. Cardose, C. Victor (1898-1990)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 40 mins., 15 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Cardose discusses Springfield and the Italian-American community: businesses, activities, the Italian Consulate, immigrants, and the Roman Culture Society.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC197. Carlson, Clara (1900-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 28 pp.

Carlson, lifelong resident of Virginia, Illinois, recalls family history, grandparents, Cass County in the 19th century, and quiltmaking.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file
tape also includes SU21 Sudbrink, Mary

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Click to ExpandC224. Carpenter, Clare (Captain) (1914-1989); Kenny, Tom

Memoir
11 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Captain Clare Carpenter and Tom Kenny discuss their experiences working on the Ohio river: towboats, loading coal, and piloting.

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

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Click to ExpandC225. Carpenter, Edith (1894-1985)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 51 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Edith Carpenter discusses the African American community in Springfield: family, 1908 race riot, race relations, black businesses, crime and churches.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC230. Carr, Larry (1920-1993)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 81 pp.

Larry Carr discusses his WWII U.S. Navy experiences on the ships U.S.S. Chicago and U.S.S. Mobile in the South Pacific: duties and operations, combat experi-ences, descrip-tion of the ships, weapons and equipment; daily life at sea, friendships, rest and relaxation; Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Savo Island; hospital ships;and pre-WWII naval experiences.

Interview by John W. Rieken, 1983
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC231. Carr, Sharlottie (1892-1983)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 mins., 24 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Sharlottie Carr discusses the African American community in Springfield, her family, the 1908 race riot, employment, churches, theaters and education.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC268. Cashman, George L. (1897-1983)

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

Cashman, former curator and custodian of Lincoln's Tomb, discusses questions and myths about Abraham Lincoln and the effect of commercialism on historic sites.

Interview by Brian Alexander, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, brochures on historic Lincoln sites and articles by Cashman on Lincoln.

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Click to ExpandC280. Catania, Susan b. 1941

Interview and memoir
15 tapes, 863 mins., 194 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Catania, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1973-83, discusses her years in the General Assembly: accomplishments, women's issues, women in the legislature, Equal Rights Amendment, civil rights, and practical politics. She also discusses her years before the General Assembly: family, Chicago, college education in chemistry, the League of Women Voters; and political experiences with sex discrimination in unemployment compensation law. She also discusses her years after the General Assembly: her campaign for Lieutenant Governor; lobbying; and the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Interview by Judy Haynes, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper articles on Catania, and list of her accomplishments.

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Click to ExpandC286. Catherwood, Stan b. 1921

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 370 mins., 69 pp.

Catherwood discusses his WWII navy experiences: service on the U.S.S. Tide, combat experiences, shipyard work, and military duties. He also discusses his father's medal of honor from WWI, education, businesses in Springfield, the Depression, career at Allis Chalmers, and interest in aviation.

Interview by Steve Bolin, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC354. Chamberlain, Joe (1910-1982)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 51 mins., 37 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Joe Chamberlain describes the Shawneetown Bank: its lobby, offices, basement, stairway, signs, employees and exterior. He also describes Shawneetown streets and the 1937 Ohio River flood.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC355. Chamberlain, John "Dud" (1892-1965)

Memoir
22 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
John Chamberlain of Marietta, Ohio, recalls his grandfather's relationship with the Ohio River, barrelmaking, riverboats, the 1913 flood, and the Civil War.

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

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Click to ExpandChamberlain, William

Click to ExpandC356. Chambers, Marjorie Bell b. 1923

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 16 pp.

Chambers, professor of History, discusses her interest and involvement in the National Advisory Committee for Women; the 1977 Houston Conference on Women; President Carter's position on women's issues; and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC362. Chanlett, Eliska

Memoir
25 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Eliska Chanlett, wife of Emil Chanlett, discusses life and work in Brazil and Latin America: relations between Brazilians and Americans, IIAA programs, Amazon Valley program, illnesses, and women's organizations, issues, and rights. She also discusses U.S. foreign policies in relation to social and political issues. She also briefly describes her early life in Czechoslovakia and Switzerland, languages, and employment.

Interview by James D. 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.


Click to ExpandC362E. Chanlett, Emil (1915-1997)

Memoir
62 pp. plus appendices

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Emil Chanlett, sanitary engineer, husband of Eliska Chanlett, discusses his work and experiences with the IIAA. In Bolivia: language training, silicosis survey in tin mines, and work with respiratory hazards. In Brazil: Amazon River, the Amazon Valley project, climate, the city of Belem, the Brazilian people, policies and programs for sanitation and public health, transportation, water supply, and the organization of the IIAA. In Honduras: sanitation programs, malaria control, roads, economic development, and politics. Also included in the memoir is an article written by Donald L. Snow about the IIAA and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, and Pan American Sanitary Bureau bulletin.

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.


Click to ExpandC365. Chapin, Lucille Hall (1890-1986)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 15 pp.

Chapin recalls Mechanicsburg, Illinois and its origins; transportation by mule, traction, and electric trolley cars; and chautauquas and other community activities.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC366. Chapman, Carmen b. 1946

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 51 pp.

Carmen Chapman, teacher, discusses living in Des Moines, Iowa: family and childhood, education at University of Iowa, and teaching in Bettendorf, Iowa. She discusses life in Springfield: working mothers and child care, teaching at Lincoln Land Community College, racial integration in schools, and her political interests and involvement.

Interview by Melinda Kwedar, 1976
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC367. Chapman, Frances (1898-1985)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 135 mins., 57 pp.

Frances Chapman, a lifelong resident of Springfield, recalls the early 20th century there: family life, schooling, businesses, neighborhoods, social activities, 1908 race riot, Illinois State Fair, and horse and trolley transportation. She also recalls her travels.

Interview by Kay MacLean, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopy of Commerce News, July, 1909 issue.

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Click to ExpandC380. Charles, Dale b. 1914

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 25 mins., 17 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Charles, a dietician, discusses employment at the Elgin State Hospital and development of the Master Menu Program. He also discusses Jacksonville State Hospital: work in its dietary department, patients' jobs, and changes in his job.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandChaudhary, Subhash

Click to ExpandC423. Cherniavsky, Nick b. 1924

Interview and memoir
10 tapes, 900 mins., 2 vols., 167 pp.

Russian-born Cherniavsky discusses his youth in China: parents, education, government, and life in Shanghai; The Long March and the communist build-up in China; moving to Tsingtao and the outbreak of WWII; the Japanese invasion and military occupation; foods, rationing, and housing; languages; Boy Scouts; Japanese surrender and American occupation; postwar China; the Red Chinese Army take-over and evacuation of foreign nationals; life and experiences in a refugee camp in the Philippines; and emigration to Rockford, Illinois.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives: Volume I; Volume II


Click to ExpandC449. Chittenden, Bob (1922-1999)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 33 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Chittenden discusses enlistment and training with the U.S. Army Air Force as a bombardier; his air combat missions and being shot down; capture by the Germans; life in the prison camps Stalag Luft III, Stalag XIIID, and Stalag VIIA and the long marches to each one; and liberation.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied articles by Chittenden about POW life.

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Click to ExpandC481. Ciarrachi, Victor F. (1918-1999)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 57 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Ciarrachi, U.S. Marine, discusses his enlistment, transfer to China, duties at the United States Embassy in Peking, and management of the enlisted men's club. He discusses in detail his capture by the Japanese at the beginning of WWII in China: Japanese seizure of the Embassy, conditions and treatment in Japanese prisoner of war camps, medical facilities, work details, rats, and the boat trip to Japan. Also included are drawings of prison camp scenes and a copy of a 1985 California VFW Resolution calling for special compensation for Marines captured in North China.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC512. Clabaugh, Charles W. (1900-1987)

Interview and memoir
23 tapes, 1157 mins., 2 vols., 316 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Clabaugh, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1939-75, discusses his years in the Illinois General Assembly: transportation, agriculture, education, conservation, civil rights, and WWII legislation; the 1970 Constitutional Convention; School Problems Commission; judicial reform; women in the legislature; and politics. He also discusses his years before the General Assembly: farm life in Coles County, Illinois; teaching; and early political activities. He also discusses retirement, travels, and duties as minority leader.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC547. Clark, Eugene (1897-1993) and Elizabeth Clark (1897-1978)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 125 mins., 32 pp.

Eugene and Elizabeth Clark discuss their involvement with the organization of the Springfield chapter of the United World Federalists: its founding members, activities and goals, UWF literature, the effects of the McCarthy Era, controversies, and accomplishments.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC548. Clark, Marion b. 1924

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 174 mins., 44 pp.

Clark, teacher, discusses early to mid 20th century rural life along the Mississippi River: growing up and living in Grand Tower, Illinois; her family and their experiences on the river; her father Captain E.L. Poe; riverboats and their pilots; the Depression; one room schools and college education; teaching; homemade foods and remedies; joining the WAC's during WWII; the treatment of African Americans; and sex discrimination.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC573. Claus, Joe b. 1902

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 14 pp.

Claus discusses his family neighborhood grocery store in Springfield: goods and merchandise sold, customers, credit system, and distributors.

Interview by Jiffy Johnson, 1976
OPEN
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Click to ExpandClements, George

Click to ExpandC615. Cline, George (1882-1973)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 49 pp.

Cline, farmer, recalls life in Cass County, Illinois during the late 19th and early 20th century: farm mechanization, crops, storage, harvests and livestock; rural life, medicine, food, and clothing; the Depression and relief programs; and his duties as a County Supervisor.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC625A. Clough, Arthur D. (1897-1984)

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

Arthur Clough, farmer, recalls early 20th century farm life near Donnellson, Illinois: homemade foods, gardening, beekeeping, wildlife, and curing meat.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC625E. Clough, Eva L. (1894-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 80 mins., 28 pp.

Eva L. Clough recalls early 20th century farm life near Donnellson, Illinois: homemade foods and remedies, schooling, home life, gardening and quilting.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandCochran, Berta

Click to ExpandC653. Coffee, Frances b. 1915

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 31 mins., 20 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Coffee recalls working for the bank as a bookkeeper and describes the bank's lobby, offices, furnishings, exterior, vault, and documents.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC654. Coffman, Lloyd E. (1907-1987)

Interview and Memoir
2 tapes, 155 mins., 25 pp.

Coffman, lifelong resident of Roodhouse, Illinois, recalls its railroad boomtown years, 1920-1950: union activities, prohibition, and his father's work on the railroad. Also discusses high school and college education as well as family life in Roodhouse.

Interview by Greg Hubbartt, 1983
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC661D. Cohn, Della (1896-1988)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 85 mins., 40 pp.

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
Della Cohn, Springfield resident, discusses family and religion, playing piano at silent movie theaters, marriage, activities with Temple Israel (formerly B'nai Abraham) and Temple B'rith Sholom, membership in the social organization Hadassah, and anti-Semitism.

Interview by Syma Mendelsohn, 1973
RESTRICTED: Open transcript. Tape may not be quoted or cited.
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Click to ExpandC661N. Cohn, Nathan L. (1896-1977)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 23 pp.

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
Nathan L. Cohn, member of Temple Israel (formerly B'nai Abraham), discusses Springfield and the 1908 race riot, his family's furniture store, marriage, the Jewish community, and anti-Semitism.

Interview by Syma Mendelsohn, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC675. Cole, Mamie (1894-1975)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 76 mins., 35 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Cole, nurse, discusses the Jacksonville State Hospital and changes that have occurred there: employment and duties, staff quarters; patients' therapies, living conditions, and recreational activities; and food service.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandColeman, Dale

Click to ExpandC743. Conavay, Les (1917-1998)

Interview and memoir
2 microcassettes, 90 mins., 26 pp.

Conavay, music teacher at Springfield High School, discusses the Springfield Municipal Band and its members.

Interview by John Headrick, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC761. Conlon, J. Willard (1910-1982)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 172 pp.

Conlon discusses many aspects of life in Central Illinois: prohibition and police activities in the 1920's; the Depression; Progressive Miners of America; the Works Progress Administration and Public Works Administration; WWII; Springfield entertainments and radio broadcasting. He also discusses his work for the Federal government for the U.S. Treasury Department's Division of Disbursements, the Office of Price Administration, Office of Housing Expeditors, and Civil Service Commission. He also discusses WWII Japanese relocation centers set up near Denver, Colorado and his work as a poll watcher in Mississippi during the 1964 national election.

Interview by Walter Goodman, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC775. Cooke, Louis b. 1946

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

Cooke, Vietnam veteran, briefly discusses war experience in Vietnam, home life after the war, and work for veteran's organizations: Vietnow, "Last Patrol", and others.

Interview by Gary L. Maple, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC776. Cooley, Richard (1911-2000)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 285 mins., 74 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Cooley, U.S. Marine, discusses his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war: relocation from Shanghai to the Philippines at the outbreak of the war; life on the Philippine Islands, bombings and attacks, capture; treatment and conditions at Cabanatuan Camps 1 and 3; relocation to labor camps in Japan, conditions and treatment there; end of the war, liberation, and return to U.S.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC781. Coombe, Elsie Workman Snyder (1913-1999)

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

MOWEAQUA COAL MINE
Coombe recalls Moweaqua, Illinois: family, childhood games and chores, work for the Moweaqua News newspaper, and the effects of the Moweaqua mine disaster on Christmas Eve, 1932.

Interview by Debbie Springer Horne, 1994
Donated by the Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
RESTRICTED: May be read, quoted or cited but not reproduced.


Click to ExpandC782. Coomer, J. Harvey (1894-1980)

Memoir
19 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Coomer, packetboat captain, recalls boats, logging, loading livestock, roustabouts, crews, and river experiences on the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1958
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

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Click to ExpandC783. Cooney, Grace (1890-1984)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 450 mins., 2 vols., 147 pp.

Cooney, resident of Springfield, discusses her interest and involvement with fundraising for Springfield community organizations, including YWCA, World Fellowship Committee, Sangamon County Heart Association, League of Women Voters, Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, Garden Clubs and Women's Club Health Committee. She also discusses her early life and education in Springfield; living in Germany and Austria during WWI; Civilian Defense work during WWII; and church activities.

Interview by Josephine Saner, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandCope, James C.

Click to ExpandC810. Corby, Margaret Leitch (1908-2002)

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

MOWEAQUA COAL MINE
Corby recalls growing up in Bethany, Illinois: family, chores, and holidays; marriage and move to Moweaqua; death of her husband in the 1932 Christmas Eve mine disaster; and her life after the disaster.

Interview by Debbie Springer Horne, 1994
Donated by the Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
RESTRICTED: May be read, quoted or cited but cannot be reproduced.


Click to ExpandC811. Cordes, Marie (1900-1991)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 13 pp.

Cordes recalls rural life in Farmingdale, Illinois during the early to mid 20th century and also discusses Immanuel Lutheran Church and German-Americans.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
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Tape also contains P226 Parker, Mrs. Noel

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Click to ExpandC819. Cory, Edwin (1883-1980)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes (tape 4 missing), 360 mins., 93 pp.

Cory, native of Mattoon, Illinois, discusses his childhood, parents, school, railroads, and work with Central Illinois Public Service; Depression and sales work; the horse business and racing; and briefly mentions Springfield's Lincoln Theater and fire department. He also discusses living in Chicago: employment with Commonwealth Edison, entertainments, and other jobs.

Interview by Joseph Eby, 1979
OPEN

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Click to ExpandCotton, Dr. John

Click to ExpandC838. Cowden, William E., Sr. (1923-2000)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 190 mins., 52 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Cowden, an Army infantryman during WWII, recalls enlistment and basic training; combat in Germany; capture and experiences as a German POW; march and boxcar ride to Stalag XIIA; escape and recapture; Stalag IXB; treatment and conditions; liberation and return to U.S. He also discusses veterans organizations.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC839. Cox, Cleatus J. (Colonel) b. 1927

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 240 mins., 52 pp.

Colonel Cleatus J. Cox, Army officer, discusses his West Point education; military assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Germany, and various military installations in the U.S.; changes in the military over the years; his honors and medals; civilian attitudes toward the military; women in the military; his feelings on mandatory retirement; and future plans.

Interview by Constance Bostick, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC840. Cox, Kenneth (1907-1994)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 36 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Cox, coal miner, discusses his experiences in the mines around Taylorville, Illinois: mine union wars, pit committeemen, mine superintendents, and "dirt gangs." He also discusses his family and childhood in Hamilton County, Illinois.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC843J. Craggs, Joe (1916-1998)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 35 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Joe Craggs, coal miner, discusses the mine union wars, mechanization, mine superintendents, and the hierarchy of jobs in the mines.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC843W. Craggs, Wilma (1917-2005)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 345 mins., 76 pp.

Wilma Craggs, wife of Joe Craggs, discusses 20th century life in Taylorville, Illinois: family and home life, her childhood, Depression, music, entertainment, and holidays, education in Taylorville schools; marriage, her husband's mine work, farm life, children, community organizations, and a trip to Europe.

Interview by Elsebeth J. Buckley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandC844.1. Craig, Bertha #1(1906-1982)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 19 pp.

SANGAMON RIVER PROJECT
Bertha Craig discusses life along the Sangamon River at Petersburg, Illinois: the floods of 1926 and 1943, fishing and swimming, plants and animals along the river, Lake Springfield, Lake Petersburg and its dam, farmer's dams, and home remedies.

Interview by Judith Haynes, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and articles on the Sangamon River.

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Click to ExpandC844.2. Craig, Bertha #2 (1906-1982)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 540 mins., 2 vols., 123 pp.

Bertha Craig discusses life and in Petersburg, Illinois during the early and mid 20th century. She recalls growing up as an illegitimate and interracial child, her family, racial discrimination, African-Americans, poor whites, and work as a housekeeper; marriage, family planning, and children; WWI and black soldiers; the 1918 influenza epidemic; 1920's and the Depression; homemade foods; the Sangamon River and Lake Springfield; WWII; and trips to Springfield. She also discusses her family and the people of Petersburg at length.

Interview by Judith Haynes, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and articles on the Craig family in Petersburg.

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Click to ExpandC848. Cramer, Harry (1893-1984), Foster, Harry, Evans, Catherine

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 15 pp.

Cramer, Foster, and Evans discuss working in Beardstown, Illinois at an icehouse, bakeries, and at the Shaeffer and Pillferd stores

Interview by Mrs. Al Davis, 1973
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandC855. Craw, William (1915-1992)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 66 mins., 17 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Craw discusses being a member of Springfield's First Congregational Church, its choir, organ, Handy Andy group, and the 1956 church fire and rebuilding.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
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Click to ExpandC858. Crawford, Mary Ann E. b. 1901

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 57 pp.

Crawford, architect, discusses life as a woman in the early 20th century: life and education in Hillsboro, Illinois; Monticello College; her architectural work, designs, and use of color; prohibition; women's rights; and the challenges of a professional woman. Also discusses parents, her father's mining experiences, and railroads.

Interview by Bud Worrall, 1980
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Click to ExpandC867. Creviston, Patrick (1920-2002)

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

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Creviston, U.S. Army tank commander, recalls his experiences during WWII: enlistment and training; landing on Utah Beach in Normandy; capture by the Germans; forced march and beatings; liberation; and the lasting effects of being a POW.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1985
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Click to ExpandC882. Crook, William H.

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 15 pp.

Crook discusses his father, Alja Robinson Crook, former curator of the Illinois State Museum of Natural History: his father's education, geological expeditions, and background; work organizing the Museum and its advisory board; and the beginnings of the Museum and curatorship.

Interview by Josephine Saner, 1976-77
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Click to ExpandC883. Crosley, Lewis (1888-1978)

Memoir
8 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Crosley recalls work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Cincinnati, Ohio; surveying the Ohio River; construction of Dam 39; and the 1937 flood in Cincinnati.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
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Click to ExpandC888. Crum, Raymond b. 1911

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 330 mins., 71 pp.

Crum, former principal of Lincolnwood High School in Raymond, Illinois, recalls the consolidation of Raymond, Harvel, Farmersville, and Girard schools; his early education during the 1920's; stories of college life; Blackburn College; life during the Depression; and experiences as a teacher and principal.

Interview by Judy Miles and Mary Rhoades, 1983
RESTRICTED: Not available for public use until after death of Mr. Crum. Available for private use of UIS.
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Click to ExpandC889. Crumrin, Alma (1883-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 45 pp.

Alma Crumrin, long-time resident of Cass County, Illinois, recalls working for Chandlerville Telephone Company: long-distance calls, subscribers, the switchboard, customers and rates. She also talks about family and friends in Cass County.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1973
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Click to ExpandC889A. Crumrin, Arthur b. 1908

Interview and memoir
8 tapes, 600 mins., 2 vols., 117 pp.

Arthur Crumrin, long-time resident of Cass County, Illinois, discusses the history of Cass County; rural life, electrification, and education in one room schools; Depression; marriage; records of cemeteries; his collections; and old homes in Cass County.

Interview by Nancy Cogburn, 1979
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Click to ExpandC899F. Culver, Frances (1889-1987)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 40 mins., 15 pp.

Frances Culver recalls rural farm life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Whiteside County and at Athens, Illinois; growing up near the Mississippi River; chores and life on a poultry farm.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1973
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Click to ExpandC899W. Culver, Walter (1887-1976)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 28 pp.

Walter Culver, farmer, recalls farming in Menard County, Illinois: chores, livestock, farming mechanization, harvesting, baling hay, moving to a new farm, differences in seasonal work, and changes in farming.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1973
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Click to ExpandC917. Cunningham, Marie d. 1974

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 22 pp.

SPRINGFIELD RACE RIOT
Cunningham recalls the Springfield 1908 race riot, which she witnessed as a young girl. She also discusses her grandfather William K. Donegan, who was lynched during the riot, discrimination, race relations, and Springfield schools and society.

Interview by Cullom Davis, et al, 1971
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.
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Click to ExpandC942. Curtis, Eugene b. 1904

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 24 pp.

Curtis, Hungarian immigrant, discuses living in Budapest, Hungary; WWII; Germans and Hitler; life in concentration camps; liberation; reunion with family; immigration to U.S.; and life and family in U.S.

Interview by Cecile Meirs, 1986
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