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Click to ExpandT125. Taft, Esther C. (1909-2004)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 97 mins., 26 pp.

Taft, lifelong resident of Rochester, Illinois, discusses early 20th century life in an Illinois country town: growing up and family life in Rochester, businesses, schools, illnesses and remedies, and the first automobiles.

Interview by Jan Smith, 1974
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 250 mins., 43 pp.

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Tagge, former newspaper political editor, discusses efforts to establish the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, opposition to and support of the project, Chicago and Illinois politics, the Clem Graver kidnapping, and involvement of the Chicago Tribune. Also mentions Illinois State Senators and Representatives, other politicians, and legislative bills.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1984
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 180 mins., 68 pp.

Bond Tarr discusses his experiences at the Esquire Theater, which opened in Springfield on December 12, 1937. He was also involved in the remodeling of the theater in to a four-theater multiplex. His recollections reflect the social and recreational atmosphere of the Springfield area in the 1970s.

Interview by Cassie Tarr, 2006
See collateral file – State Journal-Register newsclippings on the Esquire Theater, film list from 8 Oct 1972.

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

Tarro discusses the history of the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois: events, bands, and the structure of ballroom. She also mentions her family, Pearl Harbor, and the town of Benld.

Interview by David Logsdon, 1973
OPEN .
See collateral file: notes and newspaper article on Tarro's death.

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Memoir
15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Ed Taylor discusses shipping on riverboats and building boats. Also discusses crops, riverboats and their crews, and coalboats.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 41 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Elizabeth Taylor, bookkeeper and secretary at the Shawneetown Bank during the mid-1920's, discusses and describes the Bank: its interior design, furnishings, offices, vault, and floors containing tenant rooms.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 19 pp.

James Taylor discusses his relatives, their immigration from Scotland, their work and travels in the United States and settlement in Illinois.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file
for tape see Robert A. Taylor

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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 mins., 40 pp.

Robert A. Taylor, brother of James, discusses farm life in Cass County, Illinois: farming operations, horse trading, livestock and crops, chores, parents and other relatives.

Interview by Marjorie Taylor, 1974
OPEN
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Tape also contains James O. Taylor interview

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Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 29 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Sam Taylor, attorney in Taylorville, discusses the mine wars of the 1930's, political leaders, the judicial system, Peabody Coal Company and relationship with the UMW and PMA, and drainage and mine subsistence cases in Christian County.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Memoir
72 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
This memoir is a "simulated interview" with Carol Reno Teixeira (actually compiled from written memoirs and reminiscences). Teixeira, nurse, discusses her work, travels, and experiences with the IIAA in Latin America and Africa. In the Amazon Valley of Brazil: weather, geographical features, and training women for a variety of health services, the San Francisco Valley, UNICEF milk program and child hygiene centers. In El Salvador: field and office work, colleagues, activities outside work, and the people of El Salvador. In Surinam: language problems, nurses training programs, and life in general. In Liberia, Africa: living and working conditions, programs and problems, language difficulties, native living and working conditions, diseases and treatments, school health programs, and government agency problems. In reference to each country food, language, housing, and hygiene conditions are detailed.

Compiled by James D. Williams and Margarida Reno, 1989
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 47 mins., 35 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Terry recalls and describes the bank from his childhood onward: interior furnishings, the exterior, backrooms and stairway, furnishings in tenant rooms, attic, basement, fence and outdoor surroundings.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 36 pp.

Theis discusses her career in nursing: nursing education, assignments, duties, and work and life in Illinois and Montana. Also discusses her work and involvement in professional nursing organizations.

Interview by Melinda Kwedar, 1975
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 15 pp.

Mrs. Thomas, wife of historian Benjamin Platt Thomas, discusses her husband's biographies of Abraham Lincoln, his other writings, reasons for writing about Lincoln, and reflections on Lincoln.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandThompson, Milton

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Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 380 mins., 2 vols., 120 pp., plus index

Anderson, Roy R.
Briggs, Charles W., Jr.
Burlingame, Gordon
Cabanne, William C.
Canipelli, Joseph
Cope, James C.
Graham, Charles
Harbin, William R.
Jordan, William J.
Kipfer, Charles W.
Martorella, Michael J.
Reinhardt, Douglas
Seignemartin, Clara
Spicer, Hiram
Streit, William F.
Waggoner, Horace Q.
Wheeler, Harman
Wurtzler, Charles F.

The narrators, members of the United States Army Air Force's 353rd Fighter Group (largely from the 350th, 351st, 352nd Fighter Squadrons) discuss their WWII wartime experiences: operations and bases in England, missions, day-to-day life, personalities, celebrations, waiting on the flight line at the air base, and the end of the war. Also included is an account of Clara Seignemartin's wartime experiences as an army nurse.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: filed under 353rd Fighter Group

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Interview and memoir
28 tapes, 1200 mins., 2 vols., 372 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Tipsword, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1967-79, discusses accomplishments and issues of his years in the General Assembly: 1966 campaign and election, duties as legislator, legislative reform, public and higher education, revenue and appropriations, judiciary committee work, relations between the legislature and judiciary, and the leaders of the General Assembly. He also discusses his years before and after the General Assembly: childhood and high school in Beecher City, Illinois, WWII Navy service, college and law school, his law practice, and election and service as State's Attorney in Christian County, Illinois.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1982-83, 1985
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 22 pp

MOWEAQUA COAL MINE
Tirpak recalls Moweaqua, Illinois: family, childhood games and chores, government relief during the Depression, father and brother's work in the Moweaqua mine, and the effects of the 1932 Christmas Eve mine 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.


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Interview and memoir
15 tapes, 1350 mins., 3 vols., 202 pp.

Tittman, member of the 1906 graduating class of nurses from Springfield Hospital Training School, discusses her nursing career: nurses training and certification, postgraduate work and duties at the Boston Floating Hospital and Columbia University in New York, duties as a public school nurse in Springfield, inspector of nursing schools, and executive director of nurse placement in Chicago. She recalls in detail her Red Cross duties in San Francisco, Japan, Russia, and China. Also discusses her early education, employment, and family members.

Interview by Barbara B. Herndon, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs, articles, and memorabilia.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 365 mins., 118 pp.

Toigo discusses Governor Henry Horner and Illinois politics in the 1930's: work with state sales tax system, citizenship and naturalization, the Council for Democracy, and installation at Lincoln's tomb of a stone from Rome's ancient wall of Servius Tullius by Italian Ambassadors. He also discusses his earlier life: Italian-American background and the Italian communities in Benld and Springfield; jobs in coal mines, hardware and furniture stores; the mine wars and the Mulkeytown march; and work for an advertising agency in New York.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1972-73
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 86 mins., 21 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Tombazzi, coal miner, discusses coal mining in Illinois: the wars between the UMW and PMA and the Mulkeytown march. Also mentions mechanization, black lung, and work outside the mine.

Interview by R.C. Rhodes, 1972
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 135 mins., 64 pp.

Trapp, doctor of medicine, discusses his experiences as a Naval Reserve Medical Officer in the Seabees during WWII; commission in the Navy; Seabees at Camp Allen, Virginia; life at sea; the Samoan Islands Tutuila and Upolu; medical duties and life on Upolu; and return to the U.S. Also discusses his early education and medical career in Lincoln, Illinois prior to WWII.

Interview by Dorothy Ward Trapp, 1989
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 37 pp.

Traughber discusses his experiences during the Depression, jobs as a teenager, farming, early truck driving, work at Staley Manufacturing Company in Decatur, Illinois, the WWII homefront, and war industries.

Interview by Ruth Siburt, 1993
OPEN
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Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 23 pp.

Trout, Town, and Nieman recall various businesses and stories of Beardstown, Illinois.

Interview by Mrs. Al Davis and Mrs. Oscar Trout, ca. 1970
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.
Tape filed as Trout #2
See also N554 Nieman, Fred


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Memoir
82 pp.

Trutter, architect, discusses his family history, growing up in Springfield, job at Producers Dairy, everyday life in the 1920s and 30s, Lake Springfield, attendance at the University of Illinois, architectual work, designing schools, designing for the handicapped, courtship and marriage, creating jigsaw puzzles, and world travels.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1995
OPEN

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See also R245 Recollections on Old Springfield


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Memoir

109 pp.

Tuggle, employee of Bachrach's Department in Decatur, Illinois from 1955 until 1982, recalls working his way up from stock boy to General Manager, Vice President-Merchandise Manager and Executive Vice President. He discusses his early years in California and on a farm near Warrensburg, Illinois, his family, experiences in positions of increasing responsibility at the Bachrach store, its layout, relations with Henry and Edward Bachrach, their business philosophies, fellow employees, businesses in downtown Decatur, his ideas regarding sales techniques, and the clothing trade in general.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1992.

RESTRICTED: no legal release.


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Interview and Memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 48 pp.

Turner, WWII veteran and businessman, discusses his boyhood in Petersburg, Illinois, his family, atteding Petersburg-Harris High School, and fraternity life at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He also recalls his Navy Air Corps service in WWII in the "Kingfisher Squadron," catapault sea planes on the Battleship Texas.

The memoir also includes copies of reminiscenses from and correspondence with members of the USS Texas Veterans Association.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1988 and 2002.
OPEN

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Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 270 mins., 2 vols., 116 pp.

Tuttle, Springfield native, recalls Springfield in the 20th century. She discusses growing up, schools, live theaters, neighborhoods, businesses, horse transportation, early automobiles, Armistice Day celebrations, prohibition, cemeteries, streetcars, high school, 1920's fashions, movies in the '20s, and the Depression. She also discusses WWII, volunteer work, rationing, and her husband and brothers in the service. Also discusses her family's Portuguese heritage and history. She discusses family life during the mid 20th century: children, work, husband's work in politics, caring for foster children, and religious values. She relates her fears, growing older, an investigation of nursing home conditions and Social Security.

Interview by Gary Strohm, 1985
OPEN
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Click to ExpandT914. Twedell, Dick and Marie

Memoir
18 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
The Twedells recall their childhood river experiences: swimming and tramping along the river, floods, dredging, and boat captains they knew.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

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