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Note: All surnames beginning with "Mac-" or "Mc-" are alphabetized as if they were "Mac-".


Click to ExpandM113. Mabie, Edris (Jr.) b. 1923

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 50 mins., 12 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Mabie discusses his father's work as a coal miner and organizer for the Progressive Miners of America. He also discusses the mine wars and his role in them, Springfield mines, the Progressives' hatred of the United Mine Workers and police authorities, the National Labor Relations Board and the assassination of his father and friends. Also mentions family life after his father's death, his mother's role, his siblings, and his education.

Interview by Georgia Rountree, 1972
OPEN
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Tape also includes Jane Wands interview

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Click to ExpandM117. MacAlister, Robert b. 1927

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

MacAlister, charter Dean of Student Services at Sangamon State University, discusses his role in the formalization and application of university policies, applied study and experimental learning programs, the first university governance document, day care facilities, affirmative action programs, university activity fees, student housing, the university budget and opportunities for women students. Also discusses faculty/staff and governance workshops and teaching.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM123. McCann, Robert

Memoir
13 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
McCann recalls his career as a riverboat clerk and purser: boats and personnel who worked in the Pittsburgh trade and the Greene Line on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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

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Click to ExpandM127. McCarter, John W. Jr.

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 525 mins., 107 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
McCarter recounts his work as director of the Bureau of the Budget and the Department of Finance, the planning and legislative maneuvers behind the Illinois income tax and federal revenue sharing, work with the Department of Revenue, Governor Richard Ogilvie and his administration, and the 1970 Constitutional Convention. Also discusses his education for politics, work for Booz Allen, and his appointment in the Ogilvie administration.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1981-82
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM128. McCarthy, Albert b. 1925

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 75 mins., 17 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Albert McCarthy, administrator at the Jacksonville State Hospital, discusses his work and the changes in the functioning and operation of the hospital: clothing and laundry services, patients' trust funds, contractual services, the requisitioning process, the housekeeping department, hog farm and dairy operation, and the School of Nursing.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM129. McCarthy, Billy D. b. 1920.

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

Billy McCarthy, an Illinois high school teacher, discusses his family, childhood near White Hall, education and the Depression; service in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, hospitalization, and citations; feelings toward the Germans and Japanese; education at Illinois College, teaching career, work at the Secretary of State's office, coaching, and changes in education.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM130. McCarthy, Henry L. (1902-1979)

Interview and memoir
22 tapes, 1980 mins., 2 vols., 463 pp.

Henry L. McCarthy discusses his family background, early education and work, the Depression, education at University of Chicago, work at DePaul University, work as regional director of the Social Security Administration, the Social Security Act, the Roosevelt Administration and the New Deal, WWII, service as Commissioner of Welfare in New York City in the 1950's, and his positions in the Illinois Public Aid Commission and Department of Aging. Also discusses Chicago, life in Springfield, politics in the 1930's, social work, teaching, and consultant work.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1977
RESTRICTED: Open transcript, tape restricted.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and photocopies of newspaper articles.

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Click to ExpandM131. McCarthy, Kevin M. b. 1956

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

HISTORIC SITES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Kevin M. McCarthy, National Park Service Ranger at Lincoln Home in Springfield, discusses his work as a ranger and park interpreter: school programs, Joshua Speed program, and other National Park Service sites.

Interview by Mrs. Mary Louise Connelly McCarthy, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM132. McCarthy, Robert W. b. 1924

Interview and memoir
19 tapes, 876 mins., 2 vols., 182 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Robert W. McCarthy, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1954-61 and the Illinois State Senate 1961-1977, discusses his involvement in a variety of legislative issues: reapportionment, abolishment of the death penalty and anti-subversion issues, judicial, legislative, and fiscal reforms, financial institutions, civil rights, and labor legislation. Also discusses the years before election to the General Assembly: family, early life in Lincoln, education, WWII, early law practice, work as Public Administrator, personal attorney to Secretary of State Alan Dixon and current law practice.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980-81
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM137. McCoy, Mel b. 1908

Memoir
27 pp.

McCoy, band director in Springfield high schools, recalls being a member of the Springfield Municipal Band: instruments, band members, performances and audiences, pay scale, John Philip Sousa, and experiences as its conductor. Also discusses the Black Municipal Band, Watch Factory Band, and Capital City Band, as well as and his interest in music in general.

Interview by John Headrick, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM141. McDaniel, Orville (1904-1985)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 225 mins., 130 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
McDaniel recalls life in Springfield: childhood, Depression, church experiences, Grace African Methodist Evanglical Church (later United Methodist Church); race relations, segregation, and race discrimination; American Legion activities; and work experiences. Also discusses employment and discrimination at jobs in East St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis, Mississippi, and Ohio at a steel company, paper mill, coal mine, riverboat, highway crew, and the railroad.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM144. McDonald, Archie Edward (1893-1984)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 135 mins., 35 pp.

Archie McDonald discusses growing up in Athens, Illinois, his WWI experiences in the United States and Germany, his grocery store, and changes in Athens over the years. Also recalls his father's work as a coal miner and farming.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM145. McDonald, Glen W. b. 1911

Memoir
54 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Glen W. McDonald, doctor of medicine, discusses his foreign service as head of the health programs in Iran and Haiti for the International Cooperation Administration (successor of IIAA). He discusses his family's foreign experiences, the ship Project Hope and his work as Chief of the U.S. Public Health Service Diabetes and Arthritis Program. Also recalls early life, medical school, private practice and military service in WWII.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1984
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandM146. McDonald, Harry (1917-1994)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 90 mins., 23 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Harry McDonald, lifelong hoisting and electrical engineer in coal mines, discusses the history of coal mines in Sangamon County, the conflict between PMA and UMW during the 1930's, duties of the hoisting engineer, the belt system in the mine and his education in engineering.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
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Click to ExpandM147. MacDonald, Mary Jane b. 1925

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 32 mins., 15 pp.

Mary Jane MacDonald, librarian, recalls the WWII homefront: Pearl Harbor, ration books and procedures, students' attitudes toward WWII, the death of Roosevelt, USS Springfield, war slogans, social life, and work at Lincoln Ordnance Depot.

Interview by JoAnne Wheeler, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMacDonald, Virginia B.

Click to ExpandM149. MacDuffee, Joan Visser b. 1925

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 315 mins., 93 pp.

MacDuffee, social worker and mother, discusses child-rearing and the 20th century American family: education, religion, family relations, television and music, sex education, teenage years, childrearing practices, illness, injuries, toys, and sports. Also discusses her own childhood, Depression, education, marriage, career, children, and childrearing.

Interview by Carol Marshall, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of pictures.

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Click to ExpandM176. McGloon, Thomas A. (1911-1987)

Interview and memoir
13 tapes, 1170 mins., 2 vols., 256 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
McGloon,Democratic Illinois State Senator 1959-1970, discusses his years in the General Assembly and work with the Commission on the Organization of the General Assembly, reapportionment, and legislation dealing with judicial issues, civil rights, environment, crime, and state revenue. He also discusses his years before the General Assembly: family, early years in Chicago, education, WWII, law school, work as Assistant State's Attorney, and private law practice. Also discusses service as Appellate Court Judge and his organizational memberships.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM179. McGurk, Margaret "Peg"

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 90 mins., 18 pp.

McGurk, a Blackburn College student 1968-1971, discusses student activism during the late 1960's and early 1970's, her role in it, effect of activism on Blackburn, public apathy towards activism, moratoriums, black activism, campus issues, accomplishments and impact on the community.

Interview by Don Richardson, 1987
RESTRICTED: May not be quoted or cited without narrator's permission.


Click to ExpandMcKee, Eva

Click to ExpandM211. McKiernan, F. Mark b. 1940

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 17 pp.

McKiernan, historian, discusses the Restoration Trail Foundation and Joseph Smith Historic Center in Nauvoo, Illinois. He discusses his association with Nauvoo and Mormon history, Nauvoo guides' and interpreters' program, and the Lamoni site.

Interview by Richard S. Welchans, 1975
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Click to ExpandMcKinney, Jim

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Click to ExpandM229. McMurtry, R. Gerald

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 51 mins., 13 pp.

McMurtry, director of the Lincoln National Life Foundation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, discusses Abraham Lincoln, his greatness, his qualities, Lincoln myths, and his impact on the South and black Americans. Also discusses the foundation and his duties as director.

Interview by Brian Alexander, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMcNamara, Bernice Doyle

Click to ExpandM233. McNeil, May Carr b. 1898

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 345 mins., 2 vols., 146 pp.

McNeil, a long-time resident of Beardstown, Illinois, discusses its early 20th century history: social and religious activities, economics, educational facilities, recreation and entertainment; her husband's and brother's WWI experiences and WWII; the railroad strike of 1922; Illinois River and floods in Beardstown; prohibition and bootlegging; and the Depression's effects on the town.

Interview by George Ingle, 1987
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMadden, Betty

Click to ExpandM265. Madison, Frank H. (1888-1985)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 167 mins., 24 pp.

Madison, a printer and grain elevator worker in Kilbourne, Illinois, recalls life in the early 20th century as a newspaper editor, writer, and publicity agent for circuses and showboats. He also recalls Swain Steamboats, trade press writing, the printing business, the Kilbourne Centennial and press clipping bureau.

Interview by Rosalyn Bone, 1975
RESTRICTED: Open transcript. Tape may not be quoted or cited.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of newspaper article on Madison.

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Click to ExpandM277. Mahaffey, Paul (1897-1977)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 18 pp.

Mahaffey, podiatrist, recalls family and friends in Marion, Indiana, the move to Springfield in 1912, and the Child Garden at the Ursuline Convent. Also recalls his friends, Mimi Hines and Phil Ford, who were in the entertainment business and the story of their success.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM281. Maietta, Reverend Michael (1898-1974)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 11 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Maietta, Presbyterian minister, discusses life as an Italian in America. Also recalls immigration from Italy, New Britain, Connecticut, Moody Bible Institute, the Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Portuguese Presbyterians, and life as a minister.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM315. Mann, Reverend Harry (1903-1986)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 35 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Mann discusses discrimination in Springfield, race riot of 1908, the Depression's effects on the African American community, and the reactions of local and state officials to black efforts to improve their economic and social status. Also recalls his work for the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, the NAACP, Urban League, and Public Aid Commission.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM319. Mantowich, Larry (1911-1994)

Interview and memoir
10 tapes, 830 mins., 3 vols., 381 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Mantowich, coal miner, recalls mining conditions before mechanization, mining methods and practices, and miner-company relations. Also discusses prohibition and the Depression, the Ku Klux Klan, family life, boyhood recreation and experiences, the Lithuanian community in Springfield, work at the Ordnance Plant in Illiopolis and Concordia Seminary.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1974
OPEN
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See also M319.2*


Click to ExpandM348. Marr, George (1902-1993)

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

BATES EXPERIMENTAL ROAD PROJECT
Marr, farmer, recalls farming and rural life in Illinois. Also recalls work on the Bates Experimental Road near New Berlin.

Interview by Jane E. Kepler, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM351. Marsh, Jeremiah (1933-2004)

Interview and memoir
18 tapes, 1560 mins., 256 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Marsh, attorney, recalls his experiences as Special Counsel to Illinois Governor Richard B. Ogilvie (1969-1973). He recounts activities as a chief advisor and trouble-shooter for Ogilvie, dealing with matters such as the institution of a state income tax, fiscal reforms, the 1970 Constitutional Convention, the governor's legislative efforts, transportation projects, and Ogilvie's failed re-election campaign against Dan Walker. He also recalls attending law school at Harvard, work in Washington as legislative assistant to Edward Kennedy, Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell and the "shoebox" scandal, Ogilivie's relationships with the directors of state departments and agencies, and relations with the General Assemby and the press. He also recalls his dealings with state political figures including Lt. Gov. Paul Simon, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (Sr.), Senators Alan Dixon and Charles Percy, W. Russell Arrington, George Dunne, Michael Howlett, Willard Ice, John Lewis, Maurice Scott, and others.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1982.
OPEN

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Click to ExpandM354. Marshall, Curtis b. 1883

Interview and memoir
1 tape,32 mins., 15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Marshall discusses boats, whistles, smokestacks, floods, packet lines, his family, and stories about Ohio's rivers.

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

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Click to ExpandM363. Martin, Alice (1889-1975)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 55 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Alice Martin recalls rural Illinois life in the early 20th century: growing up near Rochester; Springfield race riot of 1908; racial discrimination, prejudices, and segregation; her involvement in women's organizations; and her travels.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM364. Martin, Jack E. b. 1884

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 217 mins., 38 pp.

Jack E. Martin, mechanic, discusses life in the Springfield area in the early 20th century: farming, chauffeuring, Depression, being one of the first African Americans to own and operate a garage, working as a mechanic for the state, race relations, neighbors and recreational activities.

Interview by Jan Smith, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM382. Massaro, Anthony (1910-1985)

Interview and memoir
17 tapes, 1440 mins., 4 vols., 364 pp.

Massaro, electrical engineer, discusses immigration from Italy, his father's work in the coal mines, and life in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Chicago. He discusses life in Springfield: high school, working in the coal mines, the mine wars, Depression, Prohibition, and bootlegging; education at Springfield Junior College and the School of Mines at Rolla, Missouri; employment in engineering department at Emerson Electric, assayer for Utah Copper Company, at Allis Chalmers, and at Springfield's City Water, Light and Power; WWII; Japanese Americans; the growth and development of Springfield: CWLP, CILCO, White Oaks Mall; and social changes in Springfield: women's roles, ethnic neighborhoods and businesses. Also discusses Reservoir Park, Carpenter Park, and the Sangamon River. Also mentions his family and his son's experiences in the Navy and Vietnam.

Interview by Lee Nickelson Jr., 1979
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM393.1. Masters, Mary Jane Roach #1 (1909-2002)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 79 mins., 26 pp.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON II
Masters discusses Adlai Stevenson II: his problems and achievements, the 1952 and 1956 campaigns, and social and political life at the Governor's Mansion. Also discusses her interest and involvement in the League of Women Voters and Democratic affairs.

Interview by Stephen Bean, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, and articles about Stevenson volunteers, governor's mansion, and his presidential campaign.

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Click to ExpandM393.2. Masters, Mary Jane Roach #2 (1909-2002)

Memoir
52 pp.

Masters discusses her involvement with a variety of civic, political, and educational institutions in Springfield: Lincoln Library, Springfield Municipal Opera, teaching at Springfield College, the Illinois Board of Regents, Sangamon State University, and the League of Women Voters. She also discusses growing up in St. Louis, attending Washington University, teaching English, marriage and her husband, her support of Adlai Stevenson II and her art.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1995
OPEN

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Click to ExpandM446. Maurer, Carrie Alice (1891-1983)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 34 pp.

Maurer recalls country life in Cass County, Illinois; farming tasks; home life; social activities; Depression; and WWII.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMcA-McZ:

See M116-M259 MacA-MacZ


Click to ExpandM475. Meiers, Cecile (1911-1995)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 70 pp.

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
Meiers, native of Springfield, discusses the city's Jewish community: secular and religious education, Jewish Center activities, work with Temple's Sisterhood, Temple B'rith Sholom, Rabbis and the congregation, anti-semitism, helping the First Congregational Church after their fire, and Zionism. Also discusses her early family life.

Interview by Syma Mendelsohn, 1973
RESTRICTED: Open transcript. Tape may not be quoted or cited.
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Click to ExpandM477. Meiners, Eloise

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

HISTORIC SITES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Meiners, retired Park Service Ranger, discusses her work at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site: stories about Abraham and Mary Lincoln, work with the elderly, programs and the National Park Service. Also discusses family, photography, and retirement activities.

Interview by Mrs. Mary Louise Connelly, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMella, George

Click to ExpandM525.1. Menghini, William J. (1904-1986)

Interview and memoir #1
1 tape, 25 mins., 11 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Menghini discusses family immigration from Italy and Italians and the coal miners' union. Also mentions prohibition and employment with SASCO.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
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See also M525.2*


Click to ExpandM525.2. Menghini, William J. (1904-1986)

Interview and memoir #2
5 tapes, 300 mins., 104 pp.

Menghini, Springfield businessman and entrepreneur, recalls his business enterprises: SASCO (Springfield Auto Supply Company), real estate, Lake Springfield boathouse concession, and the newspaper Springfield Sun; community involvements: Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, St. James' Trade School, and the Red Cross; organizational memberships, golfing and work with the Rotary Club.

Interview by Josephine B. Saner, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM526. Menichetti, Giuliana (1885-1977)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 58 mins., 11 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Menichetti discusses immigration from Italy, work as a seamstress, Italian families, Catholic Church, living in Riverton and Springfield, and her husband's work as a coal miner.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM527. Menke, John W. (1880-1968)

Memoir
15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Menke discusses the showboat entertainment business on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, showboats, the agent's work, scripts and casting, and St. Louis.

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

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Click to ExpandM545. Meritt, Fred (1912-1976)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 270 mins., 93 pp.

Meritt, native resident of Wayne County, Illinois, discusses his knowledge of the Shelton family and gang: gangster activities, gambling and bootlegging, killings and shooting, gang feuds and harassment of neighbors in Wayne County. Also discusses the departure of the Sheltons and his neighbor Charlie Harris.

Interview by John David Moreland, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandMeschler, Kathryn Rachford

Click to ExpandM570. Miami Land Claims in Illinois.

Interviews and Memoir
6 tapes, 270 mins., 80 pp.

Bisbee, Matt, 30 mins., 6 pp.
Eaton, Pauline, 30 mins., 12 pp.
Greenberg, Ken, 30 mins., 8 pp.
Leonard, Floyd (Chief), 30 mins., 7 pp.
Olds, Julie, 90 mins, 21 pp.
Porter, Rich, 30 mins., 11 pp.
Wilmot, Tom, 1 p.
Yow, Tim, 30 mins., 10 pp.

Members of the Miami Nation, Illinois land owners and farmers, and others discuss a controversial lawsuit filed in 2000 by the Miami Nation against 15 landowners on ancestral Miami lands in the Wabash Basin in east-central Illinois.

Chief Leonard and Olds, leaders of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, discuss the history of their tribe, their claim to 2.6 million acres of land in Illinois, disputed treaties, "blood quantums," tribal cultural centers, and the casino controversy. Eaton, Greenburg and Yow, eastern Illinois farmers and landowners, discuss their families' histories on the disputed land, and their opposition to the Miami claim. Bisbee, press secretary to Republican congressman Tim Johnson of Champaign, discusses a proposed bill to shelter Illinois landowners from Miami claims and direct future lawsuits directly to the Federal government. Porter, a former TV news director, discusses his organization of opposition to the construction of a possible Miami gambling casino near Paxton, Illinois. Wilmot, a real-estate and casino developer, briefly responds to questions regarding the merits of the Miami claim.

The Miami Nation dropped the suit in 2001, but may refile it in the future. Cramer conducted the interviews in Oklahoma and Illinois as research for his 2002 UIS history master's thesis, "Nations Divided: The Battle Over the Miami Land Claim in Illinois." (see J54/50/4311).

Interviews by Andrew W. Cramer, 2001
RESTRICTED: No legal releases.


Click to ExpandM582. Michaelson, Ron b. 1941

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 310 mins., 87 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Michaelson, administrative assistant to Governor Richard Ogilvie from 1969-72, discusses personalities and his role as liaison between the governor's office and several state agencies. Also discusses his political education, the 1968 and 1972 gubernatorial campaign, Governor Ogilvie, General Assembly, and the Ogilvie administration.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM611. Miller, Ada (1910-1999)

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

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Ada Miller, resident of Christian County, discusses her family's grocery store in Langleyville during the mine wars of the 1930's; impact of mine layoffs and strikes on the community; Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary and the PMA leaders. Also discusses the Depression.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM612. Miller, Bill (A.W. Pistorius) b. 1923

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 114 mins., 42 pp.

RADIO PROJECT
Bill Miller, journalist and professor of Journalism at Sangamon State University, discusses experiences with radio in Springfield: WTAX radio station, "Hidden Mike" and documentary programs, broadcasting from the Illinois House and Senate, awards, the Capital Information Bureau, and Democratic Conventions.

Interview by William Ortman, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of articles in WTAX News and Quill, and information about the Capital Information Bureau.

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Click to ExpandM613. Miller, Donna Conway b. 1936

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 165 mins., 45 pp.

Donna Conway Miller discusses her uncle Judge William D. Conway (1899-1986): his career, private life, politics and political associates; office and courtrooms, family life and background, Springfield, death threats, retirement and his personality.

Interview by Thomas L. Nolan, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM614. Miller, Father Joseph b. 1910

Interview and Memoir
1 tape, 24 mins., 9 pp.

GERMAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Father Joseph Miller recalls his feelings and thoughts regarding World War II, Adolph Hitler, and attitudes toward German-Americans.

Interview by Leslie Leamons, 1972
OPEN
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Tape also contains Gertrude Schmidt interview

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Click to ExpandM615. Miller, Louise b. 1899

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 53 mins., 18 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Louise Miller, a member of the First Congregational Church, recalls the church, members, and their activities; married couples' club and forefather's day dinners; 1956 church fire; assistance from Temple B'rith Sholom; fundraising and building a new church; and women's activities in the church.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM616. Miller, Mrs. Robert O. (Mary Louis) (1902-1980)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 2 vols., 139 pp.

Mrs. Miller, superintendent of Springfield's Washington Street Mission, recalls her father and family life; the establishment and history of the Mission; mission to Mexico; work with families in need; satisfactions and rewards; and the relocation of the Mission.

Interview by Margaret M. Klusmeyer, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM629. Mills, Winfred (1989-1977)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 315 mins., 114 pp.

Mills, farmer in Sangamon County, recalls early 20th century rural life: farming practices, hog butchering, burial customs, WPA work in rural areas, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, seed corn business, and Anti-Theft Association.

Interview by Jean A. Berg, 1977
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM757. Monroe, Karl

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 80 mins., 22 pp.

Monroe discusses Collinsville, Illinois history including a WWI lynching, gangsters and bootlegging, Cahokia Mounds, and politics.

Interview by Gerald Veach, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM760. Montague, Bill

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

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Montague, member of the Rotary Club, discusses his years with the club, fundraising activities, and the club's influences.

Interview by Ron Krause, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM761. Montalbano, Ann (1910-1993)

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

Montalbano recalls emigration from Sicily, quarantined ships in New York, Springfield life in the early 20th century, WWII and retirement travel.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM766. Montgomery, John

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

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Montgomery, member of the Springfield Rotary Club, discusses club activities, the induction process, meetings, the Rotary Foundation, and contributions.

Interview by Ron Krause, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM781. Moore, Alice (1891-1993)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 21 pp.

Alice Moore discusses Springfield history: the 1908 race riot, the 1918 influenza epidemic, destruction of the Roosa-Diller apartment building, women's employment and working mothers in early 20th century, and family life.

Interview by Pam Poepl, 1989
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Click to ExpandM784. Moore, John P. (1890-1981)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 34 pp.

John P. Moore, farmer, discusses his farming operation, working with horses, raising, harvesting, and storing crops, construction and use of farm buildings, the Depression, and caring for the land.

Interview by Mary Ann Dillon, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM784J. Moore, Julia (1910-1997)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 92 pp.

Julia Moore discusses Springfield in early to mid 20th century: the North Side, entertainment, Sangamo Electric Co., Allis-Chalmers, and Pillsbury Mill; women's employment, family life in Virden and Springfield. Also mentions farming and coal mining.

Interview by Joanne Stutzman, 1989-90
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Click to ExpandM831. Morris, Albert (1911-1992)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 60 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Morris, coal miner, discusses experiences as a miner and state mining inspector; origin of the Progressive Miners of America his service as vice-president of the local union; Christmas disaster at Orient #2 at West Frankfort in 1951; and gangster activities during the 1930's.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM834. Morrison, R. R. (1900-1987)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 90 mins., 21 pp.

Morrison, Illinois educator, discusses his community activities, and his service as teacher, principal, and superintendent; public education and Special Education; and his personal interests in history and Abraham Lincoln.

Interview by Nancy Helen Dosman, 1976
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Click to ExpandMortorella, Michael J.

Click to ExpandM853. Mosey, George W. (1891-1989)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 210 mins., 96 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Mosey, coal miner, discusses his mining experiences in central Illinois: the mine wars, the UMW and PMA unions, the PMA women's auxiliary, Virden and Tovey, and mine strikes, layoffs, machines, and company houses. Also discusses mining work in England and immigration.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1985
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Click to ExpandM865. Mountz, Homer d. 1990

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

Mountz, former director of Springfield Municipal Band, recalls the origination of the municipal band, union pay scale, integration of black and white bands, band members, and performances and parades.

Interview by John Headrick, 1988
RESTRICTED: no legal release
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Click to ExpandMoyer, William J.

Click to ExpandMudgett, David

Click to ExpandMudgett, Grace

Click to ExpandM896. Mulcahy, Esther K. (1905-1980)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 73 mins., 21 pp.

Mulcahy, teacher, discusses teaching in central Illinois: her education, problems with students, and parochial and public schools. Also recalls her family and childhood activities growing up in Lincoln, Illinois. She also briefly describes her work for Internal Revenue Service.

Interview by Nancy Dosman, 1976
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Click to ExpandMullen, Jeanette

Click to ExpandM925. Munn, Margaret Monaghan (1908-1995)

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

ADLAI E. STEVENSON II
Munn, personal secretary of Governor Stevenson, 1949-52, discusses her work and association with Stevenson: functions and duties of personnel, accomplishments and problems of Stevenson's administration, relations with the press, the presidential campaign of 1952, his last days in office, and his death.

Interview by Stephen Bean, 1975
OPEN
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See also SA15 Sacred Heart Academy, Class of 1927


Click to ExpandM985. Musch, Warren R.

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 15 pp.

Warren Musch describes his experience as a Marine Combat Intelligence Officer in the Battle of Iwo Jima and in the Pacific theater during WWII. He recalls when he heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor on the radio, and recalls landing on the volcanic ash beaches of Iwo Jima with the Fifth Division in 1945.

Interview by Michael J. Kloppenburg, 2006
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Click to ExpandM992A. Myers, Alan b. 1904

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 26 pp.

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
Alan Myers discusses Myers Brothers Department Store in Springfield: his father Louis and and uncles who founded the store, 1924 fire, working at the store, store policies, business and expansion, the family's involvement in the business, community involvement, and retirement.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1972
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Click to ExpandM992AM. Myers, Albert M. b.1917

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

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
Albert M. Myers discusses Springfield's Myers Brothers Department Store: his father Albert Sr. and uncles who founded the store, 1924 fire, policies and operating procedures, family involvement in the business, and anti-Semitism.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandM992JD. Myers, Jacob Duffy (J.D.) (1898-1993)

Interview and memoir
9 tapes, 765 mins., 145 pp.

J.D. Myers, journalist, discusses his career in journalism and politics: his work in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton Journal and Daily News; the Springfield State Journal and the Progressive Miners' Illinois Miner; Governor Henry Horner; and work with the Housing Authority Board and School Board. He also discusses life, family, and the Hungarian colony in Dayton. Also discusses Springfield early through mid 20th century, newspapers, flooding on the Illinois River at Beardstown, Depression, and WWII, Temple B'rith Sholom, anti-Semitism, community life and social activities.

Interview by Linda S. Jett, 1989
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Click to ExpandM992JE.1. Myers, James E. #1 (1913-2001)

Interview and memoir #1
1 tape, 60 mins., 37 pp.

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
James E. Myers, journalist and writer, discusses the Jewish community in Springfield; family, education, and religion; Springfield in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; anti-Semitism; and Temple B'rith Sholom.

Interview by Syma Mendelsohn, 1973
RESTRICTED: Neither the tape nor the memoir transcript may be quoted, cited, or published in whole or in part without the written approval of the narrator, James E. Myers, or his heirs.
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Click to ExpandM992JE.2. Myers, James E. #2 (1913-2001)

Interview and memoir #2
1 tape, 45 mins., 26 pp.

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
James E. Myers discusses Springfield's Myers Brothers Department Store; his father, Albert, and uncles who founded the store, anti-Semitism, employing African Americans, operation and location of the store, and family involvement in the business.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1973
RESTRICTED: Neither the tape nor the memoir transcript may be quoted, cited, or published in whole or in part without the written approval of the narrator, James E. Myers, or his heirs.
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Tape also contains James Wilday interview


Click to ExpandM992L. Myers, Louis b. 1931

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

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
Louis Myers, grandson of one of the founding brothers, discusses Myers Brothers Department Store: employment and positions in the store, branch stores and the Springfield store, future business, and the Springfield community.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1973
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Click to ExpandM992M.1. Myers, Morris #1 (1899-1984)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 29 pp.

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
Morris Myers discusses the Jewish community in Springfield; family, business, education, and religion; Springfield neighborhoods, holiday celebrations, Temple B'rith Sholom, anti-Semitism and Zionism, and Governor Henry Horner.

Interview by Syma Mendelsohn, 1973
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Click to ExpandM992M.2. Myers, Morris #2 (1899-1984)

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

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
Morris Myers, son of Louis Myers, one of the founding brothers, discusses Myers Brothers Department Store: early business, family involvement, policies, branch stores, expansion of the Springfield store, employment of African Americans, and the Springfield community.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1973
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Click to ExpandM993. Myers, Dr. Virgil b. 1901

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 210 mins., 57 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Dr. Virgil Myers, minister, recalls life in Ohio and the move to Springfield to minister the First Congregational Church: early farm life, college education in Ohio, the First Congregational Church in Marietta, WWII, the move to Springfield, fire of 1956, assistance from Temple B'rith Sholom, rebuilding the church, his ministry, and the church's centennial celebration.

Interview by Constance Bostick, 1975
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