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Click to ExpandK128. Kamholz, Douglas b. 1947

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 140 mins., 38 pp.

Kamholz, Sangamon State University student in the 1970's, recalls his experiences at the university and his work on the Tenure Decision Committee. He discusses many of the faculty members, President Robert Spencer, SSU's non-traditional environment and curriculum, the Public Affairs Reporting Program, the Twentieth Century Homesteading Project, Spoon River Book Co-op and other cooperatives in the Springfield area, SSU's early housing efforts, and student membership on the Board of Regents.

Interview by Nancy Hunt, 1982
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes and copy of an address delivered at SSU's 1980 graduation celebration by Kamholz.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandKamin, Malcolm S.

Click to ExpandKanady, Johnson

Click to ExpandKane, Doug

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Click to ExpandK155. Kastelic, Lena (aka Irene Giacopazzi) b. 1914

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 35 mins., 20 pp.

Kastelic, daughter of Italian immigrants, discusses the circumstances of her first marriage in which she lived in extreme poverty and was severely abused. She also discusses the mining community near Kincaid, Illinois, mine wars, and the Progressive Miners of America Union.

Interview by Sue Paso and Betty Bond, 1973
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Click to ExpandK159. Katz, Harold A. b. 1921

Interview and memoir
36 tapes, 1,438 mins., 2 vols., 233 pp., plus index and appendix

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Katz, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1965-1983, recalls his family background and accomplishments in the General Assembly in areas of civil liberties, criminal law, regional transportation, public health and safety, automobile safety, consumer protection legislation, education, legislative rules and procedures, and the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. He also discusses his family's Russian-Jewish ancestry, his Jewish upbringing, educational experiences at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Chicago, discrimination at Vanderbilt, employment with the War Labor Board and the National Labor Relations Board, the community of Glencoe, and his participation in the Democratic Party. Appendix A consists of an excerpt from Paul K.Conklin's Gone with the Ivy: A Biography of Vanderbilt University. Appendix B consists of a list of Katz's publications.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1983-1984
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Click to ExpandK180. Kay, J. Martin b. 1939

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 124 mins., 36 pp.

RADIO PROJECT
Kay, employed at WMAY in Springfield, recalls his career in radio: early radio experience in the Air Force, jobs at various radio stations, on-the-air anecdotes and practical jokes, work as a television weatherman, competition among stations, advertising, radio personalities, and work and staff at WMAY.

Interview by William Ortman, 1973
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Click to ExpandK269. Keith, John (1894-1977)

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

Keith, central Illinois farmer, discusses early 20th century farm life and agriculture: farm childhood, foods, farming methods, implements, livestock, Christmas celebrations, starting his own farm, Depression, and funeral practices. Also mentions home remedies and women and children on the farm.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
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Click to ExpandK276. Keldermans, Raymond (ca. 1911-1984)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 38 mins., 25 pp.

Keldermans, a native of Belgium and carillonneur for the Thomas Rees Memoiral Carillon in Springfield's Washington Park, discusses his musical education in Europe; a carillon's construction, casting bells, sound quality and maintenance; playing styles and techniques; composing; effects of WWII on the carillons of Europe; history of the instrument; Thomas Rees, Springfield's carillon, and the yearly festival; and master carillonneurs.

Interview by John Bucari, 1975
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photos, program of the inaugural Carillon Festival at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and brochures about carillons.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandK281. Keller, Ed b. 1888

Memoir
20 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Keller, a fisherman along the Illinois River in Mason County, discusses fishing, duck hunting, and recalls the sinking of an excursion boat and a levee breaking at Spring Lake, south of Pekin.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1962
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

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Click to ExpandK287. Kelley, Albert S. (1896-1976)

Memoir
17 pp.

STEAMERS AND INLAND RIVERS
Kelley, riverboat pilot, discusses Ohio River traffic in the early 20th century. He recalls various boats, rivermen, upper Ohio River trade, cargo, and piloting conditions on the river.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
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Click to ExpandK299. Keltner, Loraine (Mrs. David R.)

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

ONE ROOM SCHOOL PROJECT
Keltner, a teacher who taught in rural schools near Chatham and New City, Illinois, discusses teaching, daily instruction, school buildings, parent-teacher relationships, difficulties, and quality of the instruction.

Interview by Jane Stout, 1972
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Click to ExpandK321. Kempe, Joe b. 1919

Interview and memoir
20 tapes, 1,200 mins., 3 vols., 563 pp. and appendix

Kempe, magazine creator and publisher, discusses his work in the pre-automation printing trade and small press publishing: producing the advertising newspaper The Circulator, his membership in the International Typographical Union, experiences as a "tramp" printer, work for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, reading proof for the St. Louis Post, producing Blip magazine (Brave Little Impossible Publication) in Nokomis, Illinois, and creating and managing the Joka Press. He recalls the Bottomley - Ruffing - Schalk Baseball Museum in Nokomis and the stories, features, and comics in Blip. He also recalls his family background and childhood, games and entertainment, Christian Science upbringing, fantasy and literary pursuits, school days, and WWII work in an ordnance plant. Also mentions driving early automobiles, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, his political beliefs and the Vietnam War.

Interview by Michael C. Tirpak, 1986-87
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Click to ExpandK383. John F. Kennedy Assassination Project

Interviews and memoir
109 mins., 82 pp.

Chamberlain, William (1931-1972), 13 mins., 7 pp.
Coleman, Dale (1929-1983), 13 mins., 7 pp.
Dunham, James b. 1934, 12 mins., 6 pp.
Findley, Paul b. 1921, 6 mins., 6 pp.
Horn, Richard K., 10 mins., 6 pp.
Howarth, Nelson O. b. 1911, 10 mins., 6 pp.
McKinney, Jim (1926-1981), 6 mins., 5 pp.
Redick, Judy, 21 mins., 10 pp.
Ryan, William J. (Sgt.), 33 mins., 11 pp.
Simon, Paul (Lt. Governor), 9 pp.
Vlahoplus, Chris b. 1930, 16 mins., 7 pp.

Several Illinois political figures, members of the media, the Illinois State Police, and a teacher recall the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the events which followed. They discuss their reaction to the assassination, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, security measures, television coverage, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the findings of the Warren Commission.

Interviews by Robert Dixon, 1972
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See collateral file under individual names

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandK384. Kennedy, Leland J. (1908-1990)

Interview and memoir
28 tapes, 1,333 mins., 2 vols., 282 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Leland Kennedy, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1947-55 and 1963-75, discusses his years in the General Assembly: Illinois political figures, issues, and controversies; 1946 campaign and election; personalities in the legislature, legislative technique, issues in banking, public aid, agriculture, industry, and unions. He also discusses his family background in Alton, Illinois, employment with Shell Oil Company, early political activities, service on the Alton City Council, his service in WWII, and work as an administrative aide to Illinois House Speaker William Redmond.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1982
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopied photographs of Kennedy.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandKenny, Tom

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Click to ExpandK489. Kestner, Gladys (1899-1988)

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

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Kestner, long-time member of Springfield's Christ Episcopal Church, recalls her contributions to the church and participation in activities. She discusses guilds, special events and projects, changes in the church over the years, and fellow members.

Interview by Sandra Britz Armbruster, 1981
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Click to ExpandK556. Killinger, Gilbert W. (1902-1979)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 525 mins., 3 vols., 169 pp.

Killinger, former mayor of Collinsville, Illinois and news editor of the Collinsville Herald, recalls his careers in journalism and politics. He discusses Collinsville: its residents, local government, events and issues as mayor, service as township supervisor, and police and fire departments. He also discusses his career as a journalist: news stories and interviews with Eugene V. Debs, Red Grange, and coal miners' union organizer Frank Farrington. He also discusses his family background, family life, entertainment and childhood games, school days, transportation, prohibition and gambling, Ku Klux Klan, Depression, WPA projects, and the homefront during WWII.

Interview by Kitty Cathers, 1976
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, various correspondence, newspaper articles, poem, and copies of items from political and newspaper days and as Mayor.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandK564. Kimball, J. Leroy b. 1901

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 67 mins., 27 pp.

Kimball, founder of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc., discusses the restoration of historic Mormon sites in Nauvoo, Illinois. He recalls his medical training, effects of the Depression, his great-grandfather's home in Nauvoo, and the Mormons of Nauvoo.

Interview by William Ortman, 1972
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Click to ExpandK589. King, Zoe (1899-1977)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 56 pp.

King recalls life in Langleyville, Illinois during prohibition, Depression, and WWII. She also discusses running the Langleyville Community Center.

Interview by Glenn Hunt, 1976
RESTRICTED: No legal release. May be read but canot be quoted, cited or reproduced.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes


Click to ExpandK621. Kinley, Shirley b. 1942

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 126 mins., 36 pp.

Kinley, an administrative secretary at Sangamon State University for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and in other offices, recalls the first 10 years of the University: SSU as a non-traditional university, academic programs, faculty recruitment, the administration, and the first semester of classes. She also recalls President Robert Spencer and the short and controversial term of the first Vice-President for Academic Affairs, George Cohen.

Interview by Nancy Hunt, 1982
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Click to ExpandK626. Kinter, Hallie Staley (1891-1982)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 540 mins., 127 pp.

Kinter, native of Loami, Illinois, discusses her careers as a nurse and farm manager: her nurse's training, reactions to working women, 1918 influenza epidemic, medical care in the early 1900's, WWI and the medical profession, physician-nurse relationships, duties as a nurse and as an anesthetist, work as superintendent at Springfield Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital, and training student nurses. She also discusses managing the family farm, changes in farming techniques, and her participation in the Sangamon County Home Bureau. She recalls early 20th century rural life including childhood activities, farm life, holidays, schooling, and social life. She also mentions the treatment of an African American patient and home remedies.

Interview by Jacqui Pearson, 1977
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and an article on Kinter.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandK631. Kirby, Lucile Daniels (1891-1980)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 214 mins., 57 pp.

Kirby, a resident of Menard County, Illinois, recalls early 20th century rural life: farming, education, dating and marriage, social life, church, 4-H clubs, touring post-WWI Europe, family life, farm wives' chores, Menard County church history, enrollment at Illinois College, and raising foster children. She also mentions the 1918 influenza epidemic, telephones, and a survey of Menard County homes during the Depression.

Interview by Mary Jane Feagans, 1975
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Click to ExpandK633. Kirchner, Dr. Joseph (1887-1981)

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

Kirchner, a veterinarian from Havana, Illinois, recalls his early years and practice: training at McKillips Veterinary College in Chicago, treatment of animal diseases, practicing veterinary medicine in rural areas, and his work to eliminate rabies in Illinois dogs. He also discusses childhood on a Chandlerville farm, in Havana, and anti-German sentiment during WWI.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1978
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and biographical notes written by Kirchner.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandK641. Kiser, Inez (1882-1985)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 319 mins., 88 pp.

Mrs. Kiser recalls late 19th and early 20th century life: her family's experiences in Oregon, Kansas, and in the Oklahoma Territory, education, traveling by stagecoach, society in the west, dating and courtship, sewing and dress making, family, friendships, marriage and abandonment by her husband, politics and voting. She briefly discusses encounters with Indians in the Pacific Northwest, quilts, train travel, illnesses prevalent in the late 19th century, Depression, experiences of her relatives during the Civil War, and life in Springfield. She also recalls attitudes toward minorities, drinking, and marriage. The memoir includes numerous illustrations of persons and places mentioned by Kiser.

Interview by Judith A. Feurer, 1983
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopied photograph of Kiser, and an essay written for Kiser.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandK655. Kitterman, George P. b. 1919

Interview and memoir

1 CD, 140 mins., 22 pages

George Kitterman discusses his experience during WWII upon induction into Army boot camp, as a radioman with the 4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, and participation in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. Also includes a recollection of appearances by Bob Hope and Marlena Dietrich at USO shows.

Interview by Greg Smith, 2006

See collateral file - 1945 General Orders

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Click to ExpandK666. Klassen, Clarence W. (1903-1997)

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 630 mins., 123 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Klassen, chief sanitary engineer for the state of Illinois 1935-1970 and the first director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, discusses the evolution of environmental policy and controls in the state: employment with the Department of Public Health, sanitation problems and epidemics in the state, repercussions from the 1937 Ohio River flood, creation of the Sanitary Water Board, environmental programs and measures, pollution legislation, contributions to environmental and sanitation legislation made by Illinois governors including Adlai Stevenson, Henry Horner, and William Stratton. He also recalls his family and Dutch ancestry, family life in Grand Rapids, Michigan, experiences at the University of Michigan, and his move to Springfield in 1925. He also mentions Lake Springfield, WWII homefront and military service, World Health Organization, and Peace Corps lectures.

Interview by Ida Klassen, 1981
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs of Klassen throughout his career, photocopies of newspaper articles, awards, and correspondence.
See also MC 84 Clarence Klassen Love Canal Collection

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandK672. Klein, Otto b. 1912

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 118 mins., 49 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Klein, coal miner, recalls his work in the mines near Collinsville and Taylorville, Illinois. He discusses growing up in a company town, his family's lifestyle, working conditions in the mines, immigrant co-workers, manage-ment structure, unions, and the grievance process. He recalls his family history, his own family life, and makes references to John L. Lewis, his service during WWII, and the Progressive Miners of America.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, handwritten recollections of coal mining.

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Click to ExpandK744. Knight, George Jr. b. 1926

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

Knight, owner of Knight's Action Park in Springfield, recalls Springfield in the 1920's and 30's, his service during WWII in the Philippines, returning home after the war, and involvement in the family entertainment and recreation business.

Interview by Bill Ortman, 1988
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Click to ExpandK749. Kniss, Glen b. 1909

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 308 mins., 2 vols., 151 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Kniss recalls his experience as a prisoner of the German army during WWII. He discusses his military experiences, D-Day, capture by the Germans, internment at Stalag XIIA, living conditions during his internment, treatment of prisoners, Red Cross packages, fellow POW's, daily routine and work details, keeping a wartime diary, and liberation by the Russian army. He also discusses the behavior of Russian soldiers, encoun-ters with German civilians and military personnel, return to civilian life, lasting effects of his imprisonment, and the treatment of former POWs by U.S. military and civilians. Also mentions weapons, food given to prisoners, and conditions in Germany near the end of the war.

Interview by Michael C. Tirpak, 1985
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, copies of correspondence as a prisoner, pictures, drawings of a prison camp, content list of Red Cross packages, tobacco instructions, copy of his missing-in-action telegram, and photocopied photographs of Kniss.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandK754. Knoepfle, John b. 1923

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 340 mins., 81 pp.

Knoepfle, poet and professor of English at Sangamon State University, discusses events and ideas which have influenced his life, writing, and teaching. He recalls his family background, Swiss-Irish parentage, education, childhood memories of the Ohio River and riverboats, and religious schooling. He also discusses naval service at Iwo Jima during WWII, family members and their influence on his life, various jobs he has held, producing a documentary on Ohio riverboats, teaching experiences, impres-sions of Sangamon State University, and the writing he has produced.

Interview by Margie Towery, 1986
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, article on Knoepfle, and list of published works.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also: Steamboats and Inland Rivers Project


Click to ExpandK771. Knox, David b. 1934

Interview and memoir
13 tapes, 840 mins., 3 vols., 242 pp.

Knox, employee of the state of Illinois since 1962, recalls his years working for the Departments of Transportation and Personnel. He discusses his employment under the administrations of Governors Kerner, Shapiro, Ogilvie, Walker, and Thompson; changes in policy and organization under each administration; relations between state agencies; patronage and civil service in state government; AFSCME and labor relations, and state employee collective bargaining; evaluation of employee performance and the grievance process; reorganization of Central Management Services; and the employment of women, African Americans, and other minority groups. He also recalls his family background, youth in Springfield, education, and service in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Interview by Geoffrey Cornog, 1985
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Click to ExpandK780. Knudson, Harriet Quigley (1883-1969)

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

Knudson, founder of Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield, discusses the origin of the Gardens in 1932, its development by landscape architect Jens Jensen, the role of the Garden Club of Illinois, the importance of establishing Illinois native plants, the development of the Gardens' Boy Scout Council rings, nature center, and parking area, and the realization of the mission of the Gardens as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln.

Interview by Harriet Knudson Flinn, 1965.
Transcribed and donated by Eugenia Eberle, 2000.
Bound with copies of K781 Sam Knudson and the Berta Cochran Memoir from L638, including copies of photographs, newspaper clippings and other items on the Lincoln Memorial Gardens and the Springfield Civic Garden Club.
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See full text of memoir in Abraham Lincoln Memorial Gardens Project #2, Volume I.

See also: L638 Abraham Lincoln Memorial Gardens, LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDENS PROJECT.


Click to ExpandK781. Knudson, Sam b. 1920

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 26 mins., 11 pp.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDENS PROJECT
Knudson, son of Harriet Knudson (above), the founder of Lincoln Memorial Gardens, discusses the garden in its early days, his mother's contributions, planting acorns, and the landscape architect of the park, Jens Jenson.

Interview by Sara Wells, 1985
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also: L638 Abraham Lincoln Memorial Gardens


Click to ExpandK829. Kok, Marilyn b. 1955

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 64 mins., 19 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Kok, recalls her experiences with home schooling. She discusses her reasons for educating children at home, curriculum, expenses and legal issues, opposition and support, advantages and disadvantages, and academic goals.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
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Click to ExpandK831. Kolbe, John b. 1940

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 198 mins., 53 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Kolbe, assistant press secretary for Governor Richard Ogilvie 1969-1973, recalls the events of Ogilvie's administration. He discusses his early experiences in journalism, working with Richard Ogilvie during his campaign for governor, establishment of the Governor's Press Office, speech writing, the governor's staff and cabinet members. He also discusses press operations and Ogilvie's failed bid for reelection in 1972.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1984
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Click to ExpandK836. Komis, Chris b. 1955

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 29 mins., 12 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Komis recalls her experiences with home schooling: its advantages and disadvantages, support groups, her children's reaction to education at home, and a typical day teaching at home.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
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Click to ExpandK839. Kopp, Ina (1896-1988)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 135 mins., 45 pp.

Kopp, lifelong resident of Athens, Illinois, discusses local history and early 20th century life: family activities, her education, children's activities, housework, food, diseases, businesses in Athens, changing technology, church activities, her teaching career, and marriage. Also mentions the Long Nine Museum Building, Abraham Lincoln's association with Athens, WWI, WWII, the Depression, and coal mining near Athens.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1973
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Kopp, a history of Athens written by Kopp's civics class, and "The Story of the Long Nine."

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Click to ExpandK879. Krell, Dan b. 1948

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

Krell, Vietnam War veteran, discusses his military service and participation in creating the Illinois Vietnam War Memorial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield: enlistment, service in Vietnam, being wounded while on patrol, medical attention in the field, return to the states as a war veteran, attitudes towards him, starting the Springfield Chapter of the Purple Hearts, and organizing the effort to build the Illinois Vietnam War Memorial.

Interview by William Ortman, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandK956. Kuhnke, Frank (1907-1997)

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 454 mins., 119 pp.

Kuhnke, native of Germany, discusses his experiences as an immigrant to the United States. He recalls his family life, childhood and responsibilities, holiday celebrations, food ways, toy-making, family in Germany, siblings, his education, anti-German discrimination during WWI and WWII, effects of the Depression, employment with Western Electric in Chicago, Catholicism, his marriage, raising his own children, and technological advances over the years including automobiles, airplanes, television, and streetcars, and the elevated.

Interview by Kay Johnson, 1989
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