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Click to ExpandH123. Hagler, Dave b. 1951

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 27 pp.

Hagler, an Illinois State University student during the 1960's, discusses student activism, student reaction to events in Vietnam, Vietnam protest movement, communism, protest music, and the Civil Rights Movement. Also mentions protest leaders, the Youth International Party as well as the My Lai massacre.

Interview by Clifford Wilson, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Hagler, photocopies of correspondence with U.S. Senator Charles Percy and the U.S. Justice Department, and photocopies of Hagler's draft card.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also MC 32 Hagler-Milner Family Papers


Click to ExpandH125. Haigwood, John Henry (1919-1995)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 287 mins., 63 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Haigwood, army infantryman, discusses his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war: pre-WWII enlistment and training; service in the Philippines, Japanese attack on Pearl Habor and the Philippines; combat, capture on Corregidor Island; internment at Camp Cabanatuan and Mukden in Manchuria, treatment and conditions, work in steel machinery and tanning factories; liberation by the Russian Army and return to the U.S.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1985
RESTRICTED: May be read and quoted but cannot be published or reproduced. No bound copy, only manuscript copy in collateral file.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandH134. Hale, Mattie (1892-1982)

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

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Hale, long-time resident of the Springfield area, discusses her experiences as a member of the city's African American community. She recalls her family history, farm life and growing up in a rural area, Springfield neighborhoods and schools, relations with white neighbors, marriage and family life, her husband's work in the Tuxhorn coal mine, the 1908 Springfield race riot, and racial discrimination.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH140. Hall, Carrol C. (1905-1995)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 80 mins., 25 pp.

Hall, former chemistry teacher at Springfield High School, recalls homefront conditions during WWII. He recalls working as a freelance writer, military installations and prisoner of war camps, local war plants, work as a war emergency sanitary engineer, and the effects of the war on the teaching profession and on his students at Springfield High School. He also recalls the American reaction to Sputnik and its effect on science programs.

Interview by JoAnne Wheeler, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a brochure detailing Hall's accomplishments.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH143. Hall, J. Stephen

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

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Hall, member of the Rotary Club, recalls club activities and members, club offices he has held, and the club's influence on the Springfield community.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH144. Hall, Mrs. Leland (Everett) (1898-1988)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 85 mins., 33 pp.

Hall discusses her childhood in rural Kentucky, and in Greenview and Athens, Illinois. She recalls the family garden and food preservation, family life and household chores, marriage at age 16, stories from the Jewish community in Athens, WWI homefront, her work as a telephone operator, Depression, job as a hairdresser, and the town and residents of Athens.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1977
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH156F. Halligan, Francis (1894-1980)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 162 mins., 61 pp.

Francis Halligan, successful businessman, pianist, and inventor in the Beardstown, Illinois, area, discusses many aspects of early 20th century life and his pioneering work in aviation. He recalls his invention, the "Halligan plane", an aircraft capable of vertical flight: construction and test flight of the prototype aircraft, aircraft technology, dirigibles, and his experiences at the Third National Aeronautic meeting. He also discusses his family's grocery store and dry goods business, and entertainment: river showboats in Beardstown, carnivals, hot air balloons, theaters and movies, steamboats and railroads, and his musical training and teaching career. References are made to the 1922 Beardstown flood, early aircraft, and famous aviators including Orville
Wright.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper articles, and photographs, diagrams and correspondence regarding the Halligan plane

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH156R. Halligan, Russell (1900-1980)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 173 mins., 64 pp.

Russell Halligan, grocery owner in Beardstown, Illinois, discusses his pioneering work in aircraft design and other aspects of early 20th century life. He recalls his interest in airplanes and their technology, construction and testing of the "Halligan plane," and outside interest in developing the project. He also discusses early 20th century social activities including Nickelodeons, river-boat shows, and picnics; transportation; WWI and WWII; and the family grocery and dry goods business. Also mentions Beardstown mineral water and the 1923 St. Louis Air Races.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1976
OPEN
For collateral file, see Halligan, Francis

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH170. Ham, Charles; Wessler, Edward; Weeks, A.L.; Wessler, H.H.

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 21 pp.

This memoir is comprised of an interview with four members of the Arenzville, Illinois, town band. They discuss local history, recalling the town's buildings, business, bands, fires, the Opera House, and residents. Other topics include the Civil War, butchering, antiques, and local fires.

Interview by Mrs. Oscar Trout, c. 1970
RESTRICTED: The memoir may be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandH180. Hamilton, Eugenia

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

Hamilton discusses her employment in education as well as jobs she has held in traditionally male-dominated fields. She recalls the circumstances which enabled her to work outside the home, and employment during WWII in the area of military intelligence. Other topics include Hamilton's family background, her husband's family background as Russian immigrants, and her work in education, particularly the "More Academically Able" Program. References are made to the Palmer Sanatorium and the treatment of tuberculosis.

Interview by Melinda Kwedar, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH181. Hamlin, Melvin (1913-1989)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 29 mins., 17 pp.

Hamlin recalls his years working in the coal mines of Illinois and discusses mine operations and structures, mine conditions, hazards, union activities, wages and working hours, black lung disease, and relations between miners.

Interview by H. Dean Campbell, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH182. Hammel, William b. 1944

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 27 pp.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDENS PROJECT
Hammel, an administrator at Springfield's Lincoln Memorial Gardens in the 1970's, discusses his work experiences, contributions made by volunteers and organizations, and the programs conducted on the grounds. References are made to the ideas of Jens Jensen, wildlife in the garden, the Sierra Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

Interview by Sara Wells, 1985
OPEN

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH185. Hammons, Mae d. 1983

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 175 mins., 50 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Hammons, first African American teacher hired in the Springfield, school system, discusses segregation and discrimination, her teaching career, teaching at Iles School, tutoring mentally handicapped children, and black teachers entering the school system. She also mentions Springfield neighborhoods and businesses, and teaching challenges during WWII.

Interview by Reverend N.L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH192. Handley, William (1920-1994)

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

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Handley recalls his experiences in North Africa during WWII, including combat near Algiers, capture at the Battle of Kassarine Pass, conditions during his internment at seven prisoner of war camps in North Africa, Italy, and Germany, farm work detail, forced march to Stalag IIA, liberation, and the lasting effects of his internment. Also mentions the Red Cross and prisoners' relationship with German captors and civilians.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of selective service documents, maps and photographs of the war in North Africa, photos of Handley and other soldiers, and a draft of a book on life in a Japanese prison camp.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH193. Hanes, Murray (1887-1984)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 135 mins., 22 pp.

Hanes, a Springfield architect and eyewitness to the 1908 Springfield race riot, recalls the events of the riot: lynchings, destruction, and intervention by the state's militia. He also discusses his architectural education and career in Springfield.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, maps of the riot area, and a copy of the Hanes family tree.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH194. Hankin, Lisa b.1969

Interview and Memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 27 pp.

Lisa Hankin discusses her emigration from England to Chicago, Illinois during the early 1990s: her reasons for emigrating, the cost, her employer and their assistance, immigration laws and regulations and how her life has changed. Also discusses her childhood, education and life in England prior to her move.

Interview by Susan C. Austin, 1998
OPEN

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH195. Hankins, Blanche (1895-1984)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 140 mins., 35 pp.

Hankins, retired Springfield educator, discusses her own education, her teaching career, the special education program at Stuart School, and changes and problems in the teaching profession. She also recalls the city at the turn of the century, her neighborhood, family home and downtown businesses, the city's growth and development, and the race riot of 1908.

Interview by Nancy Helen Dosman, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Hankins, and her father's class photograph at Stuart School.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandH213. Harbison, Shelby b. 1924

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 54 mins., 21 pp.

RADIO PROJECT
Harbison, owner of Springfield radio station WTAX, recalls the history of the station, his involvement with its operation, and its personnel. He also discusses radio in the 1950's, radio personalities, FM radio, changes in format, and the impact of television.

Interview by William Ortman, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a photocopied letter outlining the history of the radio station.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH228. Harmon, Pauline (1896-1989)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 65 mins., 32 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Harmon, a resident of Shawneetown, recalls the physical features of the bank's interior and exterior, the 1913 and 1937 Ohio River floods, residents of Shawneetown and the families who occupied the apartment above the bank.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH229. Harmony, Ben ; Harmony, Charlie

Interview and memoir
5 CDs, 180 mins., 74 pp.

The Harmony Brothers, the founders of Springfield's "first Rock and Roll band," discuss their musical career in the 1950s. With a sound similar to the more well-known Everly Brothers, the brothers became local favorites with a fan club and performed at local clubs, televisions station music shows, and Uncle Tom's Barn Dance in Decatur. They discuss playing at a "Splatter Platter Party" in St. Louis with other artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Mann, Dee Clark, and the Jesters. They also recall performing with Annette Funicello.

Interview by Chris Reynolds, 2006
See collateral file; see also http://www.wuis.org/music/harmony.html.

See full text of memoirs: Ben_Harmony; Charlie Harmony (MS Word format)


Click to ExpandH240. Harris, Albert (1895-1977)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 508 mins., 2 vols., 150 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Harris, lifelong resident and businessman of Springfield, recalls his experiences as a member of the African American community: social conditions, discrimination, segregation, and businesses. He recalls his own business ventures, including owning a restaurant, grocery store, garbage hauling, real estate, and the rental business. He discusses integrating the job market, 1937 Harris subdivision, Depression, and the 1908 race riot. He also discusses coal mining, funerals and wakes, and the Emancipation Day Celebration.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH242. Harris, Leota Singleton (1893-1981)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 450 mins., 2 vols., 154 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Leota Harris, resident of Springfield, since 1896, discusses her life experiences as an African American woman. She recalls her family background, conditions for African Americans, discrimination, businesses, Number 5 Engine House, her job with the Pullman Railroad Car Company, and employment at a beauty salon. She also discusses her aunt Kathryn Johnson who set up the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP and wrote Stealing a Nation, changes in domestic life, holiday celebrations, and burials. Also included is an article,"Distinguished Soldier Passes," about Major George W. Ford, the retired superintendent of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs of Harris, her family, and the beauty salon, and photocopy of various letters and a certificate.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH244. Harris, William C. b. 1921

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 175 mins., 37 pp.

Harris, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1955-61 and Illinois Senate 1961-75, recalls his family background, childhood in Pontiac, Illinois, his father's funeral home business, father's influence, and religious activities of his youth. He also discusses Pontiac during the Depression, Pontiac Prison, local political issues and figures, and his education.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and research file on Illinois legislators.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH245. Harrison, Charles

Memoir
31 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Harrison, operator of the Dayton ferry on the Ohio River, discusses his career on the river in the first half of the 20th century, riverboats, passenger service, people who made their living on the river, logging, fishing, and floods.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH262. Harvey, Henry b. ca. 1920

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

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Harvey, WWII Union Seminary conscientious objector, discusses pacifism, consequences for his refusal to register for the draft, his role in the Newark ashram founded by Union Seminary students, and work with Spanish refugees of the Friends Service Committee in France.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandHasara, Karen

Click to ExpandH284. Hatfield, Doris (1903-1991)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 91 mins., 36 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Hatfield, daughter of Shawneetown's mayor, discusses her family history and recalls the physical features of the bank's interior and exterior, apartment on the second floor, and the Wayne County Historical Society Building.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH317. Haworth, John

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

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Haworth, former president of the club, recalls club members, activities, and his experiences as a Rotary Club Fellow. Also discusses changes in the organization, increased membership and diversification, and the benefits of membership.

Interview by Mike Schramm, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH324. Hayden, Bruce K. Sr. (1889-1977)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 61 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Hayden, Springfield resident and postal employee, discusses his experiences as a mail carrier in the Springfield community, segregation and discrimination, changes in Springfield and in the conditions for African Americans. He also discusses his experiences during WWI in France, serving in an all-black unit and recalls the influenza epidemic that struck the transport ship en route to Europe. He also mentions Springfield businesses, mob action and lynching in Fullerton, Kentucky, his wife and her family in DuQuoin, and his interest in music and checkers.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: photograph of Harris

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH326. Hayes, Hazel (1910-1990)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 25 mins., 15 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Hayes, resident of Shawneetown, recalls physical features of the bank building's interior and exterior and the 1937 Ohio River flood. She also refers to other buildings and homes in Shawneetown.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH331. Hayhurst, George (1915-1999); Louden, Harry b. 1906

Memoir
19 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Hayhurst and Louden discuss their experiences working on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. They recall river traffic, adverse weather and accidents, responsibilities of the cabin boy, watchman, and mates, steamers, pilots, roustabouts, and dredging.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH356. Heckman, Cindy b. 1956

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 57 mins., 19 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Heckman, a mother of four children, discusses her decision to educate her children at home. She discusses the curriculum, daily schedule, parents' roles in education, support groups, opposition to home schooling, and advantages and disadvantages.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH365E. Heistand, Elizabeth "Betsy" (1926-1999)

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

Betsy Heistand discusses growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of an Episcopal minister; working at the National Weather Bureau during WWII; life as a minister's wife; and her work with patients at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1991
Donated by Eugenia Eberle
OPEN
See collateral file
For tape see Heistand, Hobart, tape 3

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH365H. Heistand, Hobart Hertzler b. 1926

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 68 pp.

Hobart Heistand, Episcopal minister, discusses his work at the Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, changes in the prayer book, ministerial duties, counselling, clergy and the congregation, services, and changes in the church, religion, and society. He also discusses growing up in Pennsylvania as the son of a minister, his family, seminary education, WWII, his marriage, ministry appointments and residences.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1991
Donated by Eugenia Eberle
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photos, and transcript of a sermon.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandHenderson, Earl Jr.

Click to ExpandHenderson, Robert L.

Click to ExpandHendren, Henry Carter Jr.

Click to ExpandH431C. Herndon, Calista (1902-1983)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 24 pp.

Calista Herndon recalls her mother-in-law, Kate Herndon, who was born in 1855. She recounts Kate Herndon's recollections of Abraham Lincoln and his family in Springfield, Lincoln's law partner and biographer William Herndon, members of the Herndon family, and their dry goods business. She also discusses Kate Herndon's education and marriage, Kate's 100th birthday, the Elijah Iles house, and china painting.

Interview by Melinda Kwedar, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also F963 Mary Funk


Click to ExpandH431G. Herndon, Gray (1885-1973)

Interview and memoir
12 tapes, 855 mins., 2 vols., 206 pp.

Gray Herndon, Springfield lawyer, recalls rural life near New City in Sangamon County, Illinois: childhood, education, teaching, and farming. He recalls turn-of-the-century farming practices: machinery, crops, fencing, harvesting, threshing, drainage tile; childhood amusements, fishing, prohibition, moonshine production, and the Depression. He also recalls his law studies at the University of Michigan, Springfield law practice, early 20th century Springfield coal mining, and Springfield area railroads, interurbans and roads. He recalls stories of early settlers, water powered mills, and the first telephones in the area.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH431H. Herndon, Henrietta (Robinson) (1899-1989)

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

Henrietta Herndon, lifelong resident of Springfield, discusses the Springfield Fire Department and the horse-drawn fire equipment; 1917 Dome Building fire at the Illinois State Fair Grounds and other fires, including the State Armory fire in 1930.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH436. Herron, Howard (1897-1986)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 450 mins., 2 vols., 108 pp.

Herron, long-time resident and businessman in Auburn, Illinois, discusses early 20th century home and social life in Auburn: his family history, cooking and home remedies, housework, rural education, courtship and marriage, social events, entertainment, immigrants, Auburn businesses, the Great Depression and WPA activities, electricity and early radio, and activities of the Ku Klux Klan. He also recalls the business district fire of 1910 and fire protection, WWI, 1918 influenza epidemic, Pearl Harbor and the WWII homefront. He discusses his careers: farming, horse racing, real estate, ownership of an automobile dealership, and coal mining. He recalls coal mining union activities, violence between the PMA and the UMW, and black lung disease.

Interview by Shirley Marshall, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of automobile advertisements, photographs of Herron and his family, scrip issued during the Depression by the Springfield Credit Clearing Committee, and a 1942 automobile price list.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandHewitt, Paul

Click to ExpandH516. Heyman, Mark

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 225 mins., 65 pp.

Heyman, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, discusses his interest in architecture and his experiences as fellow at Taliesin. He recalls meeting Frank Lloyd Wright, his apprenticeship, conditions for students at Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona, fellow students and their projects, famous visitors to the studio and Wright's reactions, and design theory. He describes Wright as an employer, teacher, and architect.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1982
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH521. Hibbard, Joseph b. 1916

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

MOWEAQUA COAL MINE
Hibbard recalls Moweaqua, Illinois, his family, childhood games and chores, family members' employment in the Moweaqua coal mine, and the 1932 Christmas Eve 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 ExpandHickey, James

Click to ExpandH527. Hickman, Don b. 1937

Interview and Memoir
5 tapes, 300 min., 89 pp.

DID I JUST SEE WHAT I THOUGHT I SAW?
Don Hickman, former WICS Springfield News Channel 20 anchor, recalls his childhood in Tennessee, adolescent years, introduction to broadcasting via radio, switch to television and many of the events he covered during his career: the Civil Rights Movement, the JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations, and the Vietnam War. Hickman also recalls his move to Springfield in 1972 and the cultural, economic, and political changes that have taken place in the city. Also discusses his family, changes in television news coverage, and work at WICS.

Interview by Andy Cramer, 2001
OPEN

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH528. Hickox, Clarice b. ca. 1917

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

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Hickox, member of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, recalls her association with the church, activities, members, guilds, and the clergy. She discusses her neighborhood, and apartment buildings owned by her father. She also mentions her education at Mills College and former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Interview by Sandra Britz Armbruster, 1981
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH529. Hicks, Robert b. 1906

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 27 pp.

Hicks, a railroad engineer, discusses working for the Aurora Division of the Burlington Railroad, steam and diesel engines, train inspections, regulations, transporting ammunition and explosives, accidents, hazardous weather conditions, and trains in the United States.

Interview by Margaret M. Klusmeyer, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH535. Higgins, Pat b. 1953

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

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Higgins, a Lawrence, Massachusetts mother of four, recalls her experiences with home schooling. She discusses her decision to teach her children at home, curriculum, advantages and disadvantages, difficulties, legalities, and support groups.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH554. Hill, May (1879-1978)

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

Hill discusses her membership in Springfield's Christ Episcopal Church, members of the congregation and rectors. She also recounts stories about the Ridgelys, Lanphiers and other Springfield families.

Interview by Betty Leinicke, 1977
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH555. Hill, Dr. Tolbert (1874-1982)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 225 mins., 47 pp.

Dr. Hill, a physician, discusses his experiences practicing medicine from the late 19th to mid 20th century. He recalls his family background, his father's experiences during the Civil War, childhood memories in rural Middletown, Illinois, school, games, and social activities. He recalls medical school at Rush Medical College, medicines, illnesses, remedies, family diet, women's housework and childbirth, and illness and injuries among the coal miners of Athens, Illinois. He also briefly discusses his father's relationship with Abraham Lincoln.

Interview by Nancy Cogburn, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photo of Hill, and articles on Hill.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandH630. Historical Sites Project

Interviews and memoirs
55 pp.

Alderfer, William, 10 pp.
Anderson, Lowell and Hickey, James, 7 pp.
Henderson, Earl Jr., 7 pp.
Hewitt, Paul, 11 pp.
Madden, Betty, 8 pp.
Pearson, Dr. Emmet, 7 pp.
Temple, Dr. Wayne, 5 pp. HISTORICAL SITES PROJECT
The memoir is comprised of interviews with officials from the Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois State Archives, Illinois State Museum, a former state historian, and other specialists in historical architecture and preservation. They discuss Springfield local historic sites, restoration of the Old State Capitol, Statehouse, Illinois State Archives Building, Lincoln Home, restoration of the Governor's Mansion, and Clayville. Other Illinois historical buildings are also discussed.

Interview by Corrine Evans, 1971 and 1972
OPEN
For tapes see individual names. For James Hickey tape see Lowell Anderson.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandH675I. Hoffmann, Ines C. (1905-1994)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 23 pp.

Hoffmann, Springfield lawyer, recalls law school, her marriage and family, problems she encountered working in a male-dominated field, civic and church activities, and her service as commissioner of finance. She also mentions her education at Wellesley and University of Chicago Law School, and recalls the Lincoln Home area and the Lincoln Law School.

Interview by Melinda Kwedar, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH675W. Hoffmann, William (1902-1980)

Memoir
23 pp.

Hoffmann discusses his involvement with the Springfield Boy Scout organization. He recalls his contributions to Camp Illinek, scoutmasters and their changing roles, Abraham Lincoln Council, and scouting activities such as the Indian Lore ceremony, Citizenship Day, and First Aid Meets.

Interview by Jay Heim, ca. 1983
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH683D. Hohenstein, Dorothy b. 1932

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 39 mins., 14 pp.

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Hohenstein, lifelong resident of Illiopolis, discusses operations at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant during WWII: plant security, transportation, roles of women, plant's effect on family life, Illiopolis, recreation and entertainment, and the closing of the facility.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH683P. Hohenstein, Paul b. 1930

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 35 mins., 12 pp.

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Paul Hohenstein, resident of Illiopolis during WWII, discusses the Sangamon Ordnance Plant, effects on the community, employment of women and the shut-down of the plant.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandHolderman, Dr. James

Click to ExpandH724. Holliday, Parley b. 1934

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 43 mins., 16 pp.

Holliday, a Mormon, discusses his experiences as project manager of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc: restoration plans for the town of Nauvoo, archaeological work, the work of Mormon missionaries, and future plans for the community.

Interview by Richard S. Welchans, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Holliday, and photocopied newspaper articles

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandH728. Holloway, James b. 1931

Interview and memoir
29 tapes, 1500 mins., 2 vols., 227 pp., plus index

Holloway, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1959-75, discusses his accomplishments in the General Assembly, including his work on the revenue committee, state income tax, surface mining commission, creation of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, transportation legislation, and other projects. He also discusses living in Granite City and Sparta, Illinois, and reflects on his interest and involvement with politics over the years.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH729. Holloway, Millard (1898-1982)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 37 mins., 23 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Holloway, Shawneetown resident, recalls the physical features of the bank's interior and exterior, bank personnel, Shawneetown businesses, and the 1937 Ohio River flood. He also recalls trying to get a loan from the bank and a fight which occurred in his barber shop.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH735. Holman, Hella Maria Hochstadter, b.1914

Interview and Memoir

3 tapes, 240 mins., 66 pp.

Holman recalls her early years while growing up in Berlin, Germany, her parents, and the changes that occurred in Germany under Adolf Hitler; moving to the United States, her marriage to Dr. John Holman in 1938, moving to Springfield, and her children Andrew and Robert. Holman recalls her childhood passion for the arts that remained with her throughout her life. She discusses her roles as President of the Springfield Art Association, President of the Springfield Symphony Guild, and longtime member of the Springfield Symphony Board.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1994
Gift of Eugenia Eberle, 2005.

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Click to ExpandH757. Honey, Margaret E. (1884-1983)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 225 mins., 66 pp.

Margaret Honey discusses rural life during the late 19th and early 20th century: her childhood and family home in Newton, Illinois, education, injuries, illnesses and remedies, teaching, courtship and marriage, dairy farming, housework, home childbirth, community organizations and holiday celebrations. She also discusses her life as wife of a minister, her husband's duties as a minister of the Christian Church, life adjustments, her 45th wedding anniversary, Christian Church baptisms, the Edinburg, South Fork and Rochester Churches, life after Mr. Honey's death, vacations, and nursing home life in Springfield.

Interview by Linda S. Jett, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Honey, copies of her poems, and a photocopy of her manuscript autobiography.

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Click to ExpandH774. Hopkins, Allie (1906-1981)

Interview and memoir
2 tape, 180 mins., 63 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Hopkins, long-time resident of Springfield, discusses her experiences as an African American. She recalls her family background and childhood on a farm near Mechanicsburg, Illinois, education, prejudice and discrimination, social conditions and employment opportunities for African Americans. She also discusses Springfield neighborhoods, businesses, local churches, employment as a bookkeeper, participation in the Mary Church Terrell Club and the YWCA's Phyllis Wheatley
Club, voting and politics, holiday celebrations, and funerals.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH783E. Horn, Elsie

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 10 mins., 4 pp.

Horn, a housekeeper at the Charles E. Becker Library at Springfield College, discusses her employment there and some of her co-workers.

Interview by Tamba M. Baleh, 1975
OPEN

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Click to ExpandH785. Horner, Henry "Hap" b. 1924

Video interview and memoir

2 video DVDs, 1 tape, 90 mins., 72 pp.

"Hap" Horner discusses his enlistment and experience as a long-range B-29 crew member in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards for his service. He describes his reaction to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and discusses President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese mainland.

Interview by John L. Garner, 2006

See collateral file - Scanned pictures of crew members, maps

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Click to ExpandH789. Horton, Norval (1895-1965)

Memoir
21 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Horton discusses his experiences serving on ferryboats, packets, and towboats. He recalls boats on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1927 Mississippi River flood, barge traffic, hauling logs, and hazardous weather conditions.

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

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Click to ExpandH817G. Houser, George b. 1916

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 370 mins., 105 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Houser, one of eight Union Seminary students jailed for resisting the draft during WWII, discusses pacifism, peace efforts during WWII, his decision not to register for the draft, and the consequences of his actions. He recalls his education, experiences as an exchange student to China, influences on his beliefs, and participation in civil rights demonstrations. He also discusses his work with the Congress of Racial Equality, Fair Employment Practices Commission, supporting anti-apartheid forces in South Africa, the anti-colonialist movement and liberation struggle in Africa, work with the American Committee on Africa, socialism and colonialism, and Pan-Africanism.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH817H. Houser, Henry b. 1924

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

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Houser, conscientious objector during WWII, discusses pacifism, his decision to resist the draft, performing alternate service during the war, racial issues, teaching experiences at an African American school in Mississippi, race relations, social issues and revolutions.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH820. Houston, J. Michael b. 1944

Interview and memoir

1 CD, 2 tapes, 90 mins., 39 pp.

Former Mayor Michael Houston discusses his tenure as Springfield’s mayor from 1979 to 1987. He recalls his employment prior to and after being elected mayor, and he discusses events during his tenure such as the revitalization of downtown Springfield, lawsuits, and both failures and accomplishments while in office.

Interview by Pam Springer, 2006

See collateral file – News clippings from the State Journal-Register, Inauguration speech, League of Women Voters survey, 1979

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Click to ExpandH836. Howard, Robert P. (1905-1989)

Interview and memoir
11 tapes, 990 mins., 206 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Howard, political reporter and statehouse correspondent, recalls personalities and events from his career as a journalist covering Illinois government. He discusses working for the Associated Press, political issues, Depression, violence in the coal mines, Springfield, Governor Horner's administration, Chicago-downstate relations, the 1934 and 1935 Illinois Republican conventions, politics, Stratton and Kerner administrations, the Orville Hodge scandal, reapportionment, and the campaign of 1964. He also discusses his family history, childhood, farm life and education in Iowa, relationship between Quakers and Irish Catholics, attending Cornell College, his father's experiences working for the Marshall County Iowa Farm Bureau, marriage and family life, working for the Chicago Sun and the Tribune, memorable assignments, and his book Illinois: A History of the Prairie State.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1979
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH837. Howarth, Nelson O. (1911-1991)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 75 mins., 16 pp.

Howarth, former Springfield mayor and assistant state's attorney, discusses the city's efforts in the 1940's to eradicate gambling, graft and other vice problems. He discusses raids on gambling dens, the Good Government League, and the Committee to Study Traffic Problems.

Interview by Jonelle B. Stock, 1973
RESTRICTED: material may not be quoted or cited without the Howarth's permission.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied photographs of Howarth.
See also K383 John F. Kennedy Assassination ; H837.2* ; MC77 Nelson O. Howarth Papers


Click to ExpandHovey, Dr. Harold

Click to ExpandH861. Hubbard, William B. (1900-1984)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 67 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Hubbard, lifelong Sangamon County resident, discusses his experiences as an African American in the first half of the 20th century. He recalls farm life, childhood activities, home gardening, homemade foods, construction work, local coal mines, effects of the Depression, home remedies, and holiday celebrations. He also discusses the ministry, Springfield in the 1940's, conditions of African Americans, discrimination, businesses owned by African Americans, the 1908 race riot, and politics.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH862. Hubele, Edna b. 1896

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 42 mins., 26 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Mrs. Hubele, resident of Shawneetown, Illinois, recalls the bank building's interior and exterior features, the 1937 Ohio River flood, outbuildings, bank employees, Shawneetown businesses, residents, and electrical service.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH866. Hudd, Peter (Piotr Hudiakovsky) (1903-1985)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 540 mins, 2 vols., 112 pp.

Hudd, a refugee from the Russian Revolution, discusses his life in Russia, China, and the United States. He recalls the city of Omsk; Cadet Corps School, home and social life; political unrest in Russia and the abdication of the Czar; changes after the Revolution; the family's flight to Vladivostok and life on a Russian island; flight to China; arrival in the United States; his experiences in Alaska, San Francisco, and Chicago; musical career with a Russian balalaika band; music and guitars; celebrities; working conditions at the Chicago Tribune; life in Springfield; his deteriorating physical and mental health; treatment for tuberculosis and his mental breakdown; and employment with Allis Chalmers.

Interview by Madeline Dorosheff, 1981-1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH874. Hughes, Eugene (1908-1987)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 65 mins., 23 pp.

Hughes, coal miner and former International President of the Progressive Miners of America, discusses working conditions in the mines, mining technology and methods, formation of the PMA Union, violence between unions, company stores and housing, occupational hazards, and safety equipment.

Interview by H. Dean Campbell, 1972
OPEN
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See also H874.2*


Click to ExpandH875. Hughes, Jesse b. ca. 1880

Memoir
21 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Hughes discusses riverboats and steamboats on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Kanawha Rivers during the late 19th and early 20th century. He also discusses conditions on the rivers, "water circus" boats, freight traffic, Greene Line boats, coal barges, and the people who made their living on the river.

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

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Click to ExpandH883. Hummon, Serge b. 1917

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

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Hummon, Union Seminary student, discusses pacifism and the people and events that have influenced his beliefs. He recalls classmates at Union Seminary who were conscientious objectors during WWII, his decision to go into a rural ministry, experiences at Chicago Seminary, farm programs in the 1960's, and efforts to work with rural populations.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
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Click to ExpandH892. Hundley, Paul (1900-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 40 mins., 22 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Hundley recalls the Shawneetown bank's interior and exterior features, electric lights, Shawneetown busi-nesses and residents, and businesses in the bank's basement.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
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Click to ExpandH898. Huston, Keith (Vincent K.) b. 1948

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

Huston, army veteran, discusses his experiences in Vietnam: military service near Saigon, ambushes, traveling through mined areas, and the deaths of military personnel. He also discusses his efforts to improve circumstances for veterans: the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Act, amd the government hiring of veterans.

Interview by Gary L. Maple, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandH970. Hutchins, Sandy b. 1949

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 57 mins., 19 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Hutchins discusses her experiences with home schooling: children's reaction to home schooling, curriculum of the Christian Liberty Academy, legalities, support groups, advantages, disadvantages, and reasons for home schooling, opposition to the program, and incorporating the roles of mother and teacher.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
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Click to ExpandH975. Hutchison, Florence b. 1911

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 110 mins., 41 pp.

Hutchison, teacher and designer of the Illinois state flag adopted in 1970, discusses her teaching experiences in the Midwest and research in flag history. She recalls her family background and Indian heritage, rural education and participation with the 4-H, college education in home economics at Oklahoma A&M, Depression and Farm Security Administration programs, marriage, raising her family while working, and the WWII home-front. She also discusses teaching in Missouri and Illinois,
history of flags, and designing the Illinois state flag.

Interview by Barbara Gross, 1974
RESTRICTED: material relating to Blackhawk and descendants of the chief of the Mohawks or other ancestors may not be quoted or cited.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photographs of Hutchison, her ancestors, and the Illinois flag.


Click to ExpandHutmacher, Matthew A.

Click to ExpandH998H. Hyndman, Harry Jr. (1915-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 53 mins., 16 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Hyndman, member of the First Congregational Church in Springfield, recalls the church's destruction by fire in 1956, services at the Temple B'rith Sholom, construction of the new building, and the groundbreaking ceremonies.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
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Click to ExpandH998V. Hyndman, Virginia (1915-1999)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 123 mins., 32 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Virginia Hyndman, member of the Springfield's First Congregational Church, recalls church leaders and activities: Sunday School, committee work, women's activities, stewardship, 100th anniversary of the church, and the Handy Andys. Also discussed is the church's destruction by fire in 1956, services at the Temple B'rith Sholom, the new church building, groundbreaking, and the role of women in the church. Included in the memoir is a history of the church prepared by Hyndman for the 100th anniversary celebration.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
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