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Click to ExpandD161. Dallas, Meredith b. 1916 and Willa

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 239 mins., 55 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Meredith Dallas, jailed Union Seminary WWII conscientious objector, discusses pacifism, his formative experiences, fellow conscientious objectors, his imprisonment in 1940 with eight other Union Seminary students, and his careers in teaching and the theater. Willa and Meredith Dallas discuss civil rights, protests, peace issues, and women's rights.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD169. Dalsin, Alice and Bill

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 33 mins., 12 pp.

Alice and Bill Dalsin, Springfield residents, discuss living in the Indian Hills neighborhood, industry and coal mines on the north side of Springfield, St. Aloysius Church, and their Lithuanian and Italian neighbors.

Interview by Joanne Stutzman, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD273. Davenport, Don; Evans, Barb; Ginder, George; McCoach, Caroline

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 32 mins., 8 pp.

ONE ROOM SCHOOL PROJECT
Narrators recall their experiences as students and teachers in small rural schools in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. They discuss the schools' structures, school activities, curriculum, teachers and students.

Interview by Jane Stout, ca. 1972
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.
See collateral file
for tape see McCoach, Caroline


Click to ExpandD283. Davidson, John A. (1924-1997)

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

"Doc" Davidson, Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, 50th district, discusses his Navy Air Corps service during WWII: kamikazes, fighter planes, and aircraft carriers. He also discusses his Springfield chiropractic practice, his political career, Illinois politics, the Chicago school system, and education in Illinois.

Interview by William Ortman, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a photocopied photograph of Davidson

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Click to ExpandD291C. Davis, Corneal A. (1900-1995)

Interview and memoir
20 tapes, 934 mins., 2 volumes, 229 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Corneal A. Davis, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1943-79, discusses his years as a member of the Illinois General Assembly: legislative reform, legislative technique, and his work on legislation involving public aid, welfare, education, the Equal Rights Amendment, and taxation. Also discusses his work on the Advisory Commission on Public Aid, Fair Employment Practices Commission, Appropriations Committee, and the Commission on the Status of Women. He also recalls his childhood and farm life near Vicksburg, Mississippi as an African-American, segregation and conditions for blacks in the South, and his service during WWI. He also discusses his involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a court case over higher salaries for black teachers in Cairo, Illinois, civil rights, and discrimination encountered in Springfield. He recalls Chicago politics, black politicians, his retirement from the legislature, and his service on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1979 and 1982
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs and photocopies of pictures, voter registration and election judge pamphlets.

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Click to ExpandD295. Davis, Mack

Memoir
15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Mack Davis discusses people who made their living on the Ohio River: riverboat captains, cooks, stewards, and rousters. Also discusses his service as steward, trade routes and cargo, and passenger traffic.

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

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Click to ExpandD299. Davison, Edward (1908-1996)

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

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Davison, an employee with the Springfield Marine Bank, recalls working conditions at the bank, effects of the Depression and increased automation, services offered, and the type of work performed.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD324. Dawson, Frances (1903-1995)

Interview and memoir
10 tapes, 631 mins., 2 vols., 188 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Dawson, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1957-71, recalls her childhood during the first two decades of the century near Des Moines, Iowa, farm activities, her education at Simpson College and Northwestern University, and her participation in Evanston civic organizations. She discusses her years in the Illinois General Assembly, campaigning, legislation regarding education, revenue, water fluoridation public aid, health, welfare, and safety, legislative and judicial reform, and legislative technique. She also recalls Illinois politicians and members of the Illinois General Assembly.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, reproduced newspaper articles, reproduced biennial legislative reports, and photographs

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandD323. Dawson, Sid; Lawwell, J. Richard; Moyer, William J.; Reynolds, Captain Thomas J.

Memoir
26 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
This memoir consists of four separate interviews with individuals who have lived and worked on the Ohio River. Reynolds discusses running a showboat; Lawwell recalls the 1913 Manchester, Ohio flood and his grandfather Captain Prather; Moyer recalls the 1913 Dayton, Kentucky flood and the 1917 ice flood; and Dawson, the leader of the Riverboat Ramblers Band discusses showboat bands and music.

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

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Click to ExpandD333. Day, Phoebe Mitchell (1895-1985)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 40 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Phoebe Day discusses her life in Springfield: her neighbors and neighborhood, her beauty shop business, marriages, and her husband's furniture refinishing business. She recalls her treatment as an office building matron at the Centennial Building under the administrations of Secretaries of State Edward Barnett and Paul Powell. She recalls the 1908 Springfield race riot and the destruction it caused, invasion of her home by soldiers, and efforts to protect the Governor's Mansion.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD334. Day, William b. 1912

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 449 mins., 110 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
William Day, former reporter for the Illinois State Journal, recalls his experiences covering statehouse affairs, the operations and personalities of Illinois government, Illinois politicians and journalists, Springfield in the 1930's, and the work of the Illinois Legislative Council. He discusses Paul Powell, Henry Horner, John Touhy, Richard Ogilvie, Dan Walker, and the Orville Hodge scandal. He describes his work for Illinois Issues, DuPage County Life, Bloomington Pantagraph, as well as the Springfield Journal. Also discussed are Day's WWII experiences in the Air Force, weather forecasting, family background and childhood near Chicago, the University of Illinois and work on the Daily Illini.

Interview by Nancy Huntley, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a photograph of William Day

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Click to ExpandD335. Day, William (1905-1979) and Gladys

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 58 pp.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Bill and Gladys Day, members of Springfield's Christ Church, recall church members, leaders, and activities. They discuss the choir, rectors, women's auxiliary, clubs and organizations, changes in dress, architecture, doctrine, services, and membership which have taken place over the years. They also compare their experiences at Christ Church to other Episcopalian churches they have attended.

Interview by Sandy Armbruster, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, a photocopy of church yearbooks, and articles on Episcopalians in America.

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Click to ExpandD352. DeBoice, Benjamin S. (Judge) (1889-1982)

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 630 mins., 2 vols., 121 pp.

Judge DeBoice, a Republican probate judge 1930-50, recalls political figures at the local, state, and national level; presidential campaigns, National Conventions of the 30's and 40's, state and Sangamon County politics, his law practice near Clinton, Dewitt County history, and Illinois land barons. He discusses his family history, military service during WWI, the 1918 influenza epidemic, prohibition, and the effects of the Great Depression. He also recalls a 1916 arson trial tried by Tim Sullivan and Clarence Darrow.

Interview by Charles Ruge, 1978 and Cullom Davis, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph and campaign literature for probate judge, transcriptions of a 1923 speech made by Lee O'Neil Browne and Attorney Timothy Sullivan's opening statement at the arson trial of John M. Wolf in Decatur, 1916.

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Click to ExpandD357. Deck, Patricia Pedigo b. 1922

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 17 pp.

Deck discusses her experiences as a young women during WWII on the homefront in St. Louis: marrying a soldier, home life, rationing, coping with the absence of her husband, and children. Also mentions St. Louis before the war, high school, and attending Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois.

Interview by Jeffrey A. Eldred, 1993
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD364. De Grazia, Victor

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 407 mins., 80 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
De Grazia, former campaign manager and deputy to governor Dan Walker, discusses his education and early involvement in politics; managing Abner Mikva's 1955 campaign for state representative, service as Executive Director of the Committee on Illinois Government and of the Democratic Federation of Illinois. He discusses Walker's gubernatorial campaign and governorship; meeting Walker; the 1970 campaign for governor, campaigning techniques, commercials and the media, and the Walker/Ogilvie debates; Walker's governorship, relationships with agency directors, cabinet, State Legislature, media, Independent Voters of Illinois, Chicago politicians, organized labor, and the Democratic Party. Also discussed is the Better Government Association's investigation of "ghost payrollers", economic recession, amendatory veto, patronage, and the 1974 budget.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, correspondence regarding interview, and a photo of Dan Walker

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Click to ExpandD381D. Dellinger, David b. 1915

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 135 mins., 89 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Dellinger, one of eight Union Seminary students jailed for refusing to register for the draft during WWII, discusses the events and people who have influenced his pacifism, his decision not to register, and his subsequent prison terms. He also discusses his involvement with various radical causes, publication of his magazine Liberation, organizing the Intentional Community at Glen Gardiner, New Jersey, Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, protests and a prison hunger strike, war-tax resistance, McCarthy and communism, activism in civil rights and anti-nuclear causes, and the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention and the trial which followed.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD381E. Dellinger, Elizabeth (Peterson) b. 1920

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

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Elizabeth Dellinger, wife of one of the eight WWII conscientious objectors from Union Seminary, discusses the influences which led her to pacifism/socialism, the effects of her husband's trial and prison terms on the family, her family's alternative lifestyle, her relationship with her husband, communal life, and feminism.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD383. DeLong, Eleanor (1911-1987)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 46 mins., 25 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
DeLong, former attendant and manager of the laundry at the Jacksonville State Hospital, recalls her employment in the hospital's laundry, patients working in the laundry as therapy, conditions at the hospital for patients and employees, living conditions for employees on the hospital grounds, conditions at the hospital during the Depression and WWII, a fire at the hospital, and new facilities.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD618. Dinsmore, R.T. (Robert Truman) (1885-1982)

Interview and memoir
17 tapes, 930 mins., 4 vols., 304 pp.

Dinsmore, central Illinois newspaperman and printer, discusses his work on small weekly newspapers he owned and edited in central Illinois and Missouri and his experiences working as a printing foreman for Springfield newspapers the Journal, the Register, the Citizens Tribune, and the Journal Register. He recalls late 19th century life in Nebo, Illinois, including the citizens, businesses, social activities, and transportation including train service, buggies, steamer and packet services; education, religion, and social customs including the use of tobacco and liquor; family issues, relationship of husband and wife, home life, homemade foods, childbirth, and childrearing; health issues, medicine, and dentistry. He also discusses his experiences with a band on the Chautauqua circuit and on an excursion boat, service during WWI with the U.S. Treasury Department, the Depression, U.S. presidents, technological changes, Civil War Veterans, people in New Canton, 1899 fire at Nebo and reconstruction, Farmer's Ridge, automobiles, Springfield in the 1920's, and Illinois politicians.

Interview by Michael Boren, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and newspaper articles about Dinsmore

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Click to ExpandD646. Dixon, Paul E. (1906-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 89 mins., 22 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Dixon, coal miner, discusses mechanization and other changes in coal mining; working conditions in Peabody mines at West Frankfort and Taylorville; trouble between the PMA and UMW; management and labor relations during the 1930's and 40's; and his service as a pit union committeeman.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, copy of the 1946 UMW By-laws, 1947 journal of grievances, and an article written by Dixon, "Forty-seven Years in Peabody's Underground Mines".

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Click to ExpandD664. Dodge, Ivan (1915-1988)

Memoir
2 vols., 99 pp.

Dodge, visually impaired Bluegrass musician, discusses his childhood on a farm in rural Loami, Illinois: family life, home entertainments and holiday celebrations, his loss of sight, early musical training and influences, education at the Illinois School for the Blind, early radio programming, and ham radios. He also discusses his career in music, performances, children's concerts, radio appearances, other musicians, work as a music instructor and deejay, musical styles and innovations in technology. The lyrics to a number of songs are in-cluded in the memoir and references are made to Jimmy Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Peter Frampton, and Johnny Cash.

Interview by Deborah Brothers, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interivewer's notes and newspaper clipping about Dodge.

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Click to ExpandD744. Dougherty, Lena b. 1903

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

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Lena Dougherty, daughter of an Italian immigrant coal miner and wife of a Southern Illinois coal miner, recalls her family background and childhood near Auburn, Illinois: education, immigrant neighborhood, and marriage. She discusses the problems between the PMA and UMW, the effect on the residents of Tovey, problems faced by the families of miners, violence between unions, the Mulkeytown march, role of the Catholic Church in Kincaid during the dispute, and her husband's work in the mines. She also briefly discusses Mr. Dougherty's death by black lung disease and the benefits provided by the union.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopy of Lena Dougherty's family history, photocopy of Dougherty's journal.

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Click to ExpandD758. Downey, William "Smokey" (1910-1987)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 212 mins., 59 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Downey, a former member of the administration of Illinois Governor William G. Stratton, discusses his work as a journalist, press agent, and legislative liaison for the governor. He recalls some of the legislative events and personalities in Illinois politics, Governor Stratton's 1952 campaign, political appointees, the Orville Hodge scandal, political issues, and the governor's relationship with Chicago politicians. He also describes Springfield in the 1920's and 30's and legislative technique. Reference is made to numerous Illinois politicians including Adlai E. Stevenson, Richard J. Daley, and Paul Powell.

Interview by Marylin H. Immel, 1982
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer' notes, copies of correspondence between Downey and Edward Pree, Jr., and Downey and Governor Stratton.

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Click to ExpandD815. Drennan, Marjorie Black b. 1900

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 185 mins., 57 pp.

Drennan, the granddaughter of G.V. Black, "the father of Scientific Dentistry", discusses the medical and dental practices of her grandfather, father, husband, brother, and sons. She recalls their education and her education at Illinois College and teaching experiences near Mendon, Illinois. She discusses her family background and growing up near Jacksonville, Illinois, her father's involvement with public health, the Jacksonville Public Health Department, her husband's service during WWII, and raising her children.

Interview by Barbara Gross, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Drennan, and article "Medical Practice in Illinois Before Hard Roads"

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Click to ExpandD833. Driscoll, Charles (1891-1980)

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

Driscoll, a lifelong resident of Chicago, recalls the years he was employed as a lamplighter for the city (1903-1906). He discusses his duties, occupational hazards, electrification, and the city streetscape.

Interview by Thomas F. Driscoll, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: correspondence regarding interview

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Click to ExpandD919. Dungy, Euphemia (1904-1984)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 170 mins., 57 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Dungy, African-American nurse, discusses her family background and education at a nursing school in New York, her experiences nursing in Springfield, employment at St. John's Hospital, racial discrimination at the hospital and in Springfield, her neighborhood, Depression, and sheltered care homes.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD921. Dunigan, Agnes (Mrs. James Dunigan) (1900-1989)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 13 pp.

Mrs. Dunigan recalls her husband's duties on the draft board and the WWII homefront in Springfield: rationing, foods, Springfield Civil Defense, and V.J. Day.

Interview by JoAnne Wheeler, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD922A. Dunn, Archibald (1891-1986)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 31 pp.

Archibald Dunn, Cass County farmer, discusses farming in the early 1900's, his family history, mail routes and telephone service, changes in farm technology, railroad, and interurban service to Decatur. He recalls his childhood on the farm, neighbors, family members and former classmates. Reference is made to the opening of Millikin University in Decatur.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD922C. Dunn, Catherine (1889-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 58 mins., 28 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT.
Catherine Dunn, Shawneetown resident until 1919, discusses some of the physical features of the bank ca. 1900. She recalls the town of Shawneetown and some of the social events which took place there. Other topics include Dunn's trip to California.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD922G. Dunne, George W. b. 1913

Interview and memoir
17 tapes, 626 mins., 156 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Dunne, former member of the Illinois General Assembly, recalls his childhood growing up in an Irish household in Chicago; education, early political experiences, tutelage under 42nd Ward politician William "Botchy" Connors; criminal activities, political issues, ethnic groups, work with the Chicago Park District, and WWII and Korean War military service. He also discusses his years in the General Assembly: legislation, committee work, Illinois politicians, judicial and legislative reform, reapportionment, legislative technique, Democratic Party, and the administrations of Governors Stratton and Kerner. References are made to Chicago mayors and the murder of Mayor Anton Cermak.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1983
OPEN
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Click to ExpandD934. Durham, Channie b. 1879

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

Durham, African-American, recalls her childhood and family life in rural Mississippi during the late 19th century: rural school education, teaching in the early 1900's, moving to Chicago, marriage and children, receiving prenatal care, attending night school and her academic honors.

Interview by Claudia Durham, 1974
RESTRICTED: No legal release


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Click to ExpandD989. Dyhrkopp, Frances b. 1928

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 74 mins., 24 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Dyhrkopp, resident of Shawneetown, recalls living behind the bank building and discusses many of the building's features, personnel, bank records, and the 1937 Ohio River flood.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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