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Click to ExpandRabinovich, Sergio

Click to ExpandRachunas, Joseph V.

Click to ExpandR118. Radio Project Memoir

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 367 mins., 2 vols., 104 pp.

Germond, Al, b. 1945, 107 mins., 26 pp.
Palmer, James, b. 1927, 75 mins., 26 pp.
Rion, Dan, b. 1946, 44 mins., 18 pp.
Spengler, Kenneth E., b. 1917, 30 mins., 10 pp.
Wheeler, William, b. 1935, 115 mins., 24 pp. Narrators discuss the history of radio, especially its development in Springfield: advertising, station managers, Springfield stations, and other Illinois and Midwestern stations.

Interviews by William Ortman, 1973
OPEN: see individual names for legal release
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Click to ExpandR129. Rahn, Sheldon b. 1918

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 59 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
Rahn discusses his experiences as a pacifist during WWII and afterwards: attending Union Seminary, opposition to WWII and the draft, registering for the draft, socialist and communist parties and other political parties. Also discusses his involvement with church organizations: Metropolitan Detroit Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR159. Randles, Helen (1903-1982)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 28 mins, 9 pp.

ONE ROOM SCHOOL PROJECT
Randles discusses her duties as a one room school teacher in central Illinois.

Interview by Jane Stout, 1972
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandR160. Randolph, Paul J. (1905-1990)

Interview and memoir
15 tapes, 450 mins., 141 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Randolph, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1945-77, discusses his years as a member of the Illinois General Assembly; transportation, education, and municipal affairs legislation; founding University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus; and work with Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area Local Governmental Services Commission. Also discusses early life and education in central Illinois and Chicago.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980-82
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR199. Rawlings, E. E. (1902-1986)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 360 mins., 84 pp.

Emery Rawlings, native of central Illinois, discusses life, family, and his frequent moves between Illinois and California: jobs as machinist, railroad worker, and cabinet maker; WWII and work on the A-bomb; and life near Springfield, raising animals and growing fruit.

Interview by Sara Moore, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR219. Rayson, Leland (1921-2001)

Interview and memoir
13 tapes, 600 mins., 138 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Rayson, an independent liberal member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1965-77, discusses his years in the General Assembly: his work with civil rights, public aid, and criminal law legislation; Illinois Family Study and Low Income Housing Commissions; Democratic conventions; women's rights; and leaving the assembly. Also discusses his years before the General Assembly: family, Depression, college education; WWII, law school and early political involement. He also recalls his more recent work with the Independent Voters of Illinois and Paris Peace Conference.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1982
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photos.

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Click to ExpandR245. "Recollections on Old Springfield."

Memoir
21 pp.

Bunn, Willard Jr. ("Bunch"), b. 1913
Graham, Hugh (1910-1994)
Springer, Lloyd, b. 1922
Trutter, Philip, (1913-2000) This memoir is a transcript of a program held at the Springfield Art Association on January 23, 1993. Bunn, a banker, Graham, a lawyer, and Springer and Trutter, architects, discuss the histories of Springfield architectural landmarks, including the Springfield Art Association, the Lincoln home, the Dana-Thomas house, the Old State Capitol, various churches, and downtown theaters including the Orpheum. The narrators also recall street cars and trolleys, railroad passenger service, early automobiles and hard roads, the John Hay Homes, Washington Park and other city parks, Oak Ridge Cemetery, and notable fires at the Armory and the Dome Building at the fairgrounds.

Recorded and transcribed by Eugenia Eberle, 1993, 1995.
Gift of Eugenia Eberle and the Springfield Art Association.
OPEN
See also B884W Bunn, Willard; T777 Trutter, Louis Philip

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Click to ExpandRedick, Judy

Click to ExpandR248. Redmond, William A. (1908-1992)

Interview and memoir
30 tapes, 1260 mins., 2 vols., 300 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Redmond, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1959-81, discusses his years in the Illinois General Assembly: work on conservation, mass transit, education, crime and corrections legislation; appropriations; various Illinois Governors, and his retirement. Also discusses his life before the assembly: family, work as a photography model, law school and practice, and Du Page County politics. Also recalls his work at the Prisoner Review Board and in DuPage County and Illinois politics after his retirement.

Interview by Lee Nicholson, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR273. Reilly, Eugene Edmund (1910-2000)

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

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Reilly, a medic during the WWII, discusses his capture and experiences as a POW of the Germans at Stalag XIIA and Stalag XIB; transportation by foot and train; medical care; burial details; and liberation. Also included are photocopies of letters, maps, and an article by Robert M. Bowen, "Hell Train."

Interview by Glen Kniss, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandReinhardt, Douglas

Click to ExpandReiser, Alvena Devlin

Click to ExpandR298. Rentschler, Adelaide O'Brien, (1915-1999)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 130 mins., 34 pp.

Rentschler, member of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, recalls the church's rituals, activities, choir and members. Also discusses her interest in Springfield theater groups. Rentschler also recalls her training and career in aviation as one of the first licensed woman pilots in Illinois and the training of pilots during WWII.

Interview by Sandra Britz Armbuster, 1982
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR299. Repplinger, Raymond (1908-1982)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 133 mins., 46 pp.

Repplinger, lifelong resident of Nauvoo, Illinois, discusses early and mid 20th century life in Nauvoo, its early settlers, his family, the Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt, and members of the community.

Interview by Bill Ortman, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR318. Reum, Walter J. (1914-1999)

Interview and memoir
16 tapes, 840 mins., 2 vols., 193 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Reum, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1953-63, discusses campaigns and elections, reapportionment, fiscal reform, education legislation and the "Reum" bill. Also discusses his early years: his family, Chicago, education, law school, WWII navy service work as a and district and township committeeman. He also recalls his more recent activities as playwright and author, his wife's career and his law practice.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR329R. Rexroat, Rollo (1893-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 53 pp.

Rollo Rexroat recalls early 20th century life in Virginia, Illinois: his father's grocery store, merchandise and prices, Civil War veterans and stories, school, other businesses, and the area's land.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR329V. Rexroat, Verna (1890-1984)

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

Verna Rexroat recalls life in early 20th century Virginia, Illinois: her family, school, a smallpox epidemic, weaving, gardening and home life.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
For tape see Jurgens, Bertha
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Click to ExpandReynolds, Captain Thomas J.

Click to ExpandR365. Rice, Michael b. 1930

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 350 mins., 2 vols., 90 pp.

Rice, physics teacher and lawyer, discusses early life in Germany, family, schooling in Holland, emigration from Germany during WWII, living in America, his Jewish heritage, family members who remained in Germany, discrimination against blacks, the civil rights movement, pacifism, peace activities, Vietnam War, and teaching and law school.

Interview by Peggy Boyer, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR437B. Ridley, Bill (1899-1986)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 89 mins., 25 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Bill Ridley, coal miner, discusses mining in Kansas from his 12th year until 1930, fighting in WWI, the Progressive Miners and John L. Lewis, life in Taylorville during the mine wars of the 1930's, and mechanization of the mines;

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR437O. Ridley, Ola (1905-2000)
Ridley, Bill (1899-1986)

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

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Ola Ridley, wife of Bill Ridley, discusses farm life and schooling in the early 20th century and life in Taylorville. In the second half of the memoir Bill Ridley joins her to discuss mine work in the 1930's.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR444. Riehle, Marie (1900-1989)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 69 pp.

Riehle, owner of the Commercial Hotel in Auburn, Illinois discusses her early family life, elementary school education, her mother's boarding business, 1910 fire, the coal industry, Auburn businesses, Catholic church and changes, the Ku Klux Klan, and celebrations and other activities in Auburn.

Interview by Shirley Marshall, 1980
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR452. Riley, Kenneth (1918-1987)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 13 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Riley, bookkeeper, discusses the Springfield Marine Bank, the installment loan department, credit ratings, and computerization.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR474. Ringland, Hal (1896-1991)

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

Ringland, farmer, discusses rural Illinois life during the early and mid 20th century: farming, rural mail service, his family, and elementary school education.

Interview by Rosalyn L. Bone, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandRion, Dan

Click to ExpandR541. Roberts, Charles V. (1910-1983)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 135 mins., 51 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Roberts, telephone company employee from 1936-72, discusses Illinois Bell, the Sangamon Ordnance Plant at Illiopolis, WWII, and telephone service in Springfield. Roberts also recalls his work for Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign as a telephone communications expert, train telephone service, and travelling on the campaign trail.

Interview by Gerald Veach, 1973
RESTRICTED: C.V. Roberts and heirs retain copyright.
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of articles, and materials from the Stevenson campaign.


Click to ExpandRobinson, Earl

Click to ExpandR564. Robinson, Orvetta b. 1921

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 44 pp.

Orvetta Robinson, Illinois State Museum librarian, recalls early and mid 20th century life in central Illinois: farm life, Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb, rural schools, and work and life in Springfield. She also discusses her job at the Illinois State Museum, its programs, the new building, and museum publications.

Interview by Catherine M. Hillier, 1976
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR566. Robinson, Stuart W. (1903-1983)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 50 mins., 16 pp.

Stuart Robinson, president of Springfield's Henson Robinson Company, discusses the formation of the company and its metal works, the 1917 fire at the Illinois State Fairgrounds that destroyed the Dome building, and early 20th century life in Springfield.

Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR624. Roehrig, Robert (1881-1967)

Memoir
15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Roehrig, riverboat captain, recalls his and his father's experiences working on boats on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and his job with the Hartford Fire Insurance Company as a salvage inspector and marine surveyor.

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

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Click to ExpandR629. Roese, Lila (1923-1999)

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

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Roese, a resident of Springfield, discusses working at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant near Illiopolis during WWII: assembly lines, medical facilities, security, uniforms, accidents, working conditions and wages.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandRosco, Tom

Click to ExpandR720. Rose, Dr. Theodore T. b. 1905

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 180 mins., 62 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Rose, minister, recalls early and mid 20th century Springfield: 1908 race riot, work for the Illinois Foundry, ministry work, building of the Brown Street Church of God in Christ, schools and education in Springfield, discrimination and integration, black businesses, and family.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR724L. Rosenfeld, Leonard S. (1913-1990)

Memoir
35 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Leonard Rosenfeld, doctor of medicine, discusses his experiences with the IIAA working in Nicaragua: health programs, Managua, drainage projects, people and language. He discusses President Somoza, his rise to power, government and politics, economics, WWII, and Nicaragua's relationship to the U.S. Also recalls his earlier life: education, medical school, and artistic interests. And discusses his more recent work in Saskatchewan, Canada, health programs and organizations, and his work as a consultant.

Interview by James. D. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandR724M. Rosenfeld, Mortimer A. (1911-1999)

Memoir
94 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Mortimer Rosenfeld, doctor of medicine and obstetrics, discusses his experiences working for the IIAA in Brazil's Amazon Valley: health programs and policies, medical training and posts; government and politics, economics, people, religion, and culture; diseases and cures; transportation and travels. Also recalls his early education, time in the Boy Scouts, medical practice and military experiences before the IIAA. Also included is an essay by Mortimer Rosenfeld describing the Amazon in 1958.

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 ExpandRosewell, Edward J.

Click to ExpandR731. Rosko, Tom (1903-1993)

Interview and memoir
2 tape, 150 mins., 47 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Rosko, coal miner, discusses coal mining in Montgomery County during the 1920's and 30's, mechanization, accidents, the Progressive Miners, the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary, and unemployment. Also talks about politics and work as Mayor of Witt, Illinois.

Interview by Carl Oblinger, 1985
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Click to ExpandR792. Rowe, Harris b. 1923

Interview and memoir
16 tapes, 720 mins., 169 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Rowe, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1961-67, discusses his years in the General Assembly: campaigning, public aid, education, civil rights, and reapportionment legislation, and legislative reform. Also discusses his years before and after serving in the the assembly: family, education, Jacksonville, Illinois, polio, WWII, and campaigning for State Treasurer and for Governor James Thompson.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1983
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Click to ExpandR815. Royer, Carolyn Kuhl (1913-1994)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 285 mins., 64 pp.

Royer recalls her work for the State of Illinois: as a typist in the Title Department and a secretary in the Department of Registration and Education; working for Secretaries of State Edward J. Barrett and Edward J. Hughes; the administration of Governor James Thompson; and retirement. She also discusses her work and interest in horses, training stables and horse shows. Also early life in Gridley, Illinois: family, farm life, education and the Depression. Also talks about living in New Mexico for a few years as a young child.

Interview by Sandra H. Luebking, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR824. Rubin de Celis, Hugo b. 1919

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 26 pp.

Rubin de Celis, born in Viacha, Bolivia, discusses life in his native country: childhood and family, high school, the University of San Andres in La Paz, travels, military service, WWII propaganda, revolutions, work for the American Institute, his marriage, medical care and move to the U.S.

Interview and translation by Pablo Rubin de Celis, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes both Spanish and English.

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Click to ExpandR825. Ruble, John C. (1903-1978)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 40 min., 20 pp.

BATES EXPERIMENTAL ROAD PROJECT
Ruble discusses New Berlin, Illinois, the Depression and businesses in the 1930's. Also recalls the construction of U.S. Route 36 and the impact of paved roads on the area.

Interview by Jane E. Knepler, 1975
OPEN
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Click to ExpandR832. Rude, Charles b. 1916

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

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Rude, member since 1966, discusses Springfield's First Congregational Church: the 1956 church fire, fund raising and rebuilding the church, and affiliation with the United Church of Christ.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
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Click to ExpandR877. Rupel, Allen J. b. 1931

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 34 mins., 18 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Rupel, therapist and administrator of Dix Hall at Jacksonville State Hospital, discusses the establishment of a mental retardation program and community involvement. He also recalls other programs and changes at the hospital.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
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Click to ExpandR991. Rynearson, Marian C. (1899-1994)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 40 mins., 11 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Rynearson, member since 1932, discusses Springfield's First Congregational Church: women's activities, the 1956 church fire and rebuilding.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
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