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Click to ExpandW1. "Mr. W"

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 75 mins., 22 pp.

WWII CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS PROJECT
"Mr. W" (real name withheld), jailed for rejection of conscientious objector status for the WWII draft, discusses his Russian Jewish background, family beliefs and socialism, objections to the war, prison, volunteering for non-combatant service, and travel in the Middle East and France.

Interview by C. Arthur Bradley, 1988
RESTRICTED: full name restricted until Mr. W's death.
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW119. Wade, James Marcus “Marc” b. 1954

Interview and memoir
1 CD, 1 tape, 90 mins., 40 pp.

Marc Wade discusses his twenty-year experience in the Navy, especially during the Vietnam War as a Navy SEAL in Southeast Asia and as a stateside recruiter. He recalls growing up in Memphis, Tennessee and describes the tense atmosphere of the town on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. He discusses his experiences at all-white Catholic schools and recalls the confusion on the day President Kennedy was shot. He reminisces about his father’s experiences in the Navy during WWII. He also discusses his change in careers from the military to a high school English teacher.

Interview by Jamie Annel, 2006
See collateral file - interviewer's notes

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW124. Waggoner, Horace Q. (1924-1987)

Interview and memoir
12 tapes, 605 mins., 120 pp.

Waggoner, retired United States Army Air Corps Lt. Colonel, discusses his experiences during WWII: enlistment, aviation training, overseas training in England, service with the 353rd Fighter Group at Raydon, England, fighter missions, bombing tactics and electronic counter-measures, mechanical problems of airplanes, shooting down planes, R&R in America, relations with the British military, other members of the 353rd Fighter Group, and his personal feelings about war.

Interview by Bruce E. Kreuger, 1986
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also T413 353rd Fighter Group's 1983 Reunion


Click to ExpandWagner, Dr. Richard

Click to ExpandW125. Wagner, Thomas

Memoir
10 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Wagner recalls river life at the turn of the century, catching logs, showboats, and the theater in Ironton, Ohio.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW132. Waigausky, Leo (1910-1993)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 82 mins., 25 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Waigausky, coal miner, discusses mining conditions, accidents, and union activities in the Gillespie area. Also briefly discusses communist and socialist parties.

Interview by Kevin Corley and Brenda Griffin, 1986
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW146. Waldmire, Edwin (1916-1993)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 195 mins., 41 pp.

Waldmire discusses his political activities with the United World Federalists, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the civil rights movement, other political activities and the people involved. Also discusses Knox College, the restaurant business, work in a WWII Army Air Corps Finance Office, and communism.

Interview by Clifford Keith Wilson III, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and United World Federalists brochures.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW151. Walker, Dan b. 1922

Interview and memoir
8 tapes, 550 mins., 155 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Dan Walker, Democratic Governor of Illinois 1973-1977, discusses his years as Governor: campaigning, his famous walk around Illinois, debates, and issues; the elections of 1972 and 1976; and his administration: budgeting, cabinet and personnel, relationship with the legislature, and accomplishments. He also discusses his life prior to being governor: his naval career, college education, law practice, trial lawyer work, and experience as Deputy Chief Commissioner to the Court of Military Appeals.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1981-82
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photos.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW153. Walker, Roberta b. 1924

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 23 pp.

Roberta Walker, wife of Governor Dan Walker, discusses her husband's campaign and election, their effects on family life, the walk around Illinois, life in the governor's mansion, and her own reactions and projects.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1982
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or published.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandW155. Wallace, Nan b. 1949

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 67 mins., 21 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Wallace, mother of three children, discusses home schooling, justifications, legal responsibilities, a typical day of home schooling, and the benefits of a home school support group.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW177. Walton, Mike b. 1948

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 9 pp.

Walton, Chief of the Springfield Police Department, briefly discusses his Air Force career in Vietnam, duties in Da Nang, career and duties as a police officer, veterans' organizations, and the American Legion's influence on his life.

Interview by Gary L. Maple, 1988
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW184. Wands, Julia (1911-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 35 mins., 10 pp.

Wands discusses the mine wars of the 1930's in central Illinois, the Progressive Miners and United Mine Workers, the junior PMA auxiliary, Depression, and violence at Jeisyville, IL.

Interview by Georgia P. Rountree, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file
For tape see Mabee, Edris

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW187. Wanless, Frances (1925-1984)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 26 pp.

Wanless discusses rural life in central Illinois during WWII: family and rural community in Pleasant Plains, work, war industries, rationing, soldiers stationed in Springfield, and personal observations.

Interview by John Cockrell, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW247. Warner, Sarah b. 1912

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 275 mins., 102 pp.

Warner discusses her role as head resident ("dorm mother") of Pixley Hall, a women's dormitory at Illinois College in Jacksonville: dorm life, the arrival of students, their work, discipline, and problems; fads, pranks, and activities; minority students; graduation week; Deans and Directors; personal activities; changes; and retirement.

Interview by Carol S. Jenkins, 1986
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of photos and articles on the dorm and Illinois College.

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Click to ExpandW334. Watson, Harlan (1909-1982)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 120 mins., 24 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Watson discusses jobs, politics, and the African American community in Springfield, his work for the Springfield Police Department, his political conversion to the Republican party, and the segregation of movie theaters and restaurants.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1974
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW342. Wattelet, Louis b. 1913

Interview and memoir
2 tape, 143 mins., 39 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Wattelet, coal miner, recalls mining at Stonington, Illinois: mechanization, the Mulkeytown march, the mine wars, strikes and violence, PMA and UMW, and problems faced by immigrants.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
RESTRICTED: Narrator does not want his name mentioned in any books, articles, etc. without his permission.


Click to ExpandWeaver, Stanley

Click to ExpandW388. Weber, George (1886-1973)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 65 mins., 30 pp.

Weber discusses rural life in the Midwest from the late 19th century onward: homesteading in Oklahoma, farming in North Dakota, and running a livery stable. He also discusses the people of Nauvoo, Illinois, operating taverns, ranching in the West, and serving on the police force in Hamilton, Illinois.

Interview by William Ortman, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW439. Weitzel, E. (Father) b. 1927

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 20 mins., 8 pp.

GERMAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Father Weitzel discusses the German-American religious community in Springfield and their feelings toward Germany during WWII.

Interview by Leslie Leamons, 1972
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW442. Welch, Dora (1910-1999)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 min., 15 pp.

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Welch discusses her employment at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant in Illiopolis: working conditions, security, production, impact on the community, and transportation.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW462. Wells, Kenneth F. (1913-1992)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 82 mins., 20 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Wells, President of the United Mine Workers, District 12, discusses John L. Lewis, union activities, coal mining mechanization, and disasters.

Interview by Rex Rhodes, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of articles on John L. Lewis.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW488. Wenschoff, Fred (1884-1977)

Memoir
20 pp.

Wenschoff, German-American coal miner, recalls mining experiences in Mount Olive, Illinois: creation of the Mount Olive Cemetery, the Progressive Miners and United Mine Workers unions, and Eugene V. Debs.

Interview by Elizabeth Balanoff, 1970
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or photocopied.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandWenum, John D.

Click to ExpandW498. Wertheim, William (1889-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 65 mins., 20 pp.

Wertheim recalls his livestock business and life in Athens, Illinois in the early 20th century.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1978
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandWessler, Edward

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Click to ExpandW564. Wheeler, Luther b. 1914

Interview and memoir
8 tapes, 533 mins., 2 vols., 132 pp.

Wheeler discusses his experiences in the U.S. Navy during WWII as an African American seaman: boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Center, sonar training in Miami, Florida, discrimination and segregation, assignment and duties on Subchaser 1264, encounters with submarines, crewmates, "R&R," and his discharge from the Navy. He also recalls his early life in Cairo, Illinois: education, discrimination and segregation, jobs, and the town. He discusses life in Springfield: working at Allis Chalmers, duties, positions, and conflicts with management, discrimination and segregation, neighborhoods, activities, and politics.

Interview by Bette Duiker, 1983
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of photos and articles.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandWheeler, William

Click to ExpandW582. White, Clarence b. 1906

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

Clarence White recalls work and life in central Illinois during the early and mid 20th century: work as a coal mine trapper, moving to Springfield, work at sand and gravel pits, the Depression, setting tile, locksmithing and A-1 Lock Service; marriage and family, women's suffrage, community involvements and his religious views.

Interview by Kevin M. Kerns, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW585. White, Robert (1886-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 25 mins., 12 pp.

BATES EXPERIMENTAL ROAD PROJECT
Robert White recalls the construction and operation of the Bates Experimental Road, and discusses railroad and highway transportation near New Berlin in the early 20th century.

Interview by Jane E. Knepler, 1975
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW586. White, Captain Volney (1901-1966)

Memoir
15 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Captain Volney White, riverboat captain, discusses boats, roustabouts, the Greene Line, and locks and dams on the Ohio and other Midwest rivers.

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

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Click to ExpandW612. Whitney, Francis A. (1919-1996)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 180 mins., 46 pp.

Whitney discusses his career with the State of Illinois at the Department of Finance, the Department of Conservation, the Schaefer Commission, Budgetary Commission, and Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee. He discusses budgetary issues, the role of the legislature in the budgeting process and accounting systems.

Interview by Bill Day, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW644. Wilday, James b. 1922

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 37 mins., 15 pp.

MYERS BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE PROJECT
Wilday, accountant, recalls the Myers Brothers Department Store, its accounting operations, stores, delivery, and warehousing.

Interview by John Vrooman, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file
for tape see James Myers

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW653. Wilkin, R.J. (1900-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 56 mins., 19 pp.

Wilkin recalls duties, responsibilities, and trains while working for the Chicago & Illinois Midland, Illinois Terminal and other railroads in the early 20th century in Springfield and central Illinois. Also briefly mentions the Springfield community during the early 20th cen-tury.

Interview by Frederick G. Fliege, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandWiller, Anne

Click to ExpandW670. Williams, Anna M. (1895-1986)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 225 mins., 33 pp.

Anna M. Williams discusses rural life in Mason and Menard Counties, Illinois in the early 20th century: livestock, crops, life on the farm, and fishing in Illinois River backwaters; one room school education, lessons and programs; homemade foods and crafts; and family life, parents, brother, and her German-American heritage.

Interview by Rosalyn L. Bone, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photographs.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW671. Williams, Elvera L. (1913-2001)

Memoir
93 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Elvera L. Williams, married to James D. Williams, discusses her foreign living experiences with the IIAA as a wife, mother, and as a woman in the 1940's and '50's. In Brazil and the Amazon Valley: living conditions, language problems, the Brazilian people, electricity, shopping, weather and climate, housing and housekeeping, marketing, insects and rodents, and recreation. In Mexico: culture shock, housekeeping and marketing, children, Mexicans, climate, and trips around the country. In Guatemala: climate, children's reactions, cultural differences, marketing, Indians, earthquakes, religion, and entertainment. At Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: weather, schools, children, language, water supplies and shortages, trips around Brazil, and departing for the U.S. At Cincinnati, Ohio: readjustment to U.S. society and weather. She discusses life before going overseas: growing up in Iowa, farm and family, education, beauty school and business, marriage, moving to Washing-ton, D.C., and preparing for life overseas.

Interview by Vivian Cox, 1988
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandW672. Williams, Gale b. 1922

Interview and memoir
15 tapes, 860 mins., 2 vols., 244 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Gale Williams, Republican member of the Illinois House of Represen-tatives 1961-65 and 1967-73, discusses the issues of his years in the General Assembly: legislative and judicial reform, economic development, transportation, conservation, and agriculture, reapportionment, patronage and public employees, and leaving the legislature. He also discusses his years before the General Assembly: family and farm life near the southern Illinois town of Ava, political and civilian jobs, and his businesses.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1981
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW673. Williams, James D. b. 1914

Memoir
3 vols., 209 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
James D. Williams, civil and sanitary engineer for IIAA 1943-46 and 1956-61, married to Elvera Williams, discusses his experiences and work with the IIAA and successor agencies in Brazil, Guatemala, and Mexico: duties and responsibilities, IIAA policies, organization, economics, and staff; each country's economics, government, society, climate, and culture; and U.S. policies, politics and involvement in foreign affairs. He discusses the Amazon Programs and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil: public health programs, medical care, health centers, U.S. Operations Mission, road system, industries, and the Brazilian people. In Mexico: water treatment plants, Indians, and his family. In Guatemala: revolutions, water supply programs, well drilling, and earthquakes. Discusses coming back to the U.S. to work on air pollution control and health planning for the U.S. Public Health Service in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also discusses his early life: childhood, education at Iowa State College and University of California at Berkeley, and work for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Also describes his life after retirement.

Interview by Philip Rivera, 1984 and Roderick T. Groves, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York.
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandW674. Williams, Marie South (1893-1989)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 485 mins., 3 vols., 220 pp.

Marie South Williams recalls rural life in southern Illinois and in Springfield during the early 20th century: family and farm life in DeSoto, Illinois, her grandmothers, household chores, homemade foods and remedies, holidays, crops, African Americans and discrimination, early schooling and at Carbondale, her husband, Frank Williams, teaching school, gangsters in Williamson County, Depression and prohibition, Charles Lindbergh, the 1925 tornado, coal mining and the mine wars, and operating a grocery store in Springfield.

Interview by Elizabeth K. Dixon, 1984
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of photographs.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW675. Williams, T. Harry (1909-1979)

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

T. Harry Williams, history professor and Lincoln scholar, author of Lincoln and the Radicals, briefly discusses the significance of Abraham Lincoln.

Interview by Brian Alexander, 1972
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW694. Wilson, John (1889-1973) and Hazel (1889-1977)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 42 pp.

John and Hazel Wilson, African American residents of Springfield, discuss the city, the 1908 race riot, the black community, discrimination, and integrating the theaters.

Interviews by Jim Krohe, 1971 and Castella Henderson, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's note and photographs.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW698. Wilson, Thomas T. (1893-1976) and Mary J.

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

BATES EXPERIMENTAL ROAD PROJECT
Thomas T. and Mary J. Wilson discuss the building of the Bates Experimental Road as well as farm life around Bates and New Berlin, Illinois. They discuss livestock, poultry, stores, and social life with friends.

Interview by Jane E. Knepler, 1975
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW754. Wise, Alvin Amuel (1913-1992)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 77 mins., 27 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Alvin Wise, coal miner, discusses his mining experiences: mining methods before and after mechanization, the mine wars, the Progressive Miners, family life, and life in Tovey, Illinois.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW755. Wise, George

Memoir
17 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
George Wise, riverboat engineer, discusses boats, the Greene Line, Midwest rivers, cargo, different jobs aboard, and river life.

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

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW757. Wisherd, Captain D.W.

Memoir
9 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Captain Wisherd, riverboat captain, discusses river experiences and excursion boats on the Mississippi River.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1955
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW783. Witt, Marie (1907-1988)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 195 mins., 51 pp.

Witt, German-American, discusses life in Chicago during the early 20th century as a child of German immigrants: parents and family, home life, schooling, work at Swift and Co., marriage and children, German relatives, and a trip to Germany.

Interview by Kimberly Grove, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW786. Wittka, John (1915-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 50 mins., 25 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Wittka, coal miner in Christian County, Illinois, recalls his experiences as a strikebreaker, the mechanization of the mines, accidents, ethnicity, strikes and layoffs, United Mine Workers, and prohibition.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW787. Wittmond, Carl (1905-1997)

Interview and memoir
13 tapes, 670 mins., 211 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Wittmond, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1955-67, discusses issues and events of his years in the General Assembly: campaign and election, legislative priorities, personalities, Cook County and southern Illinois factions, a ferry project on the Illinois River at Brussels, the Great River Road project, conservation and recreation programs and agricultural issues. He also discusses his years before the legislature: family and life in Calhoun County and Brussels, Illinois, Quincy College, politics and elections.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1982-83
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW788. Witwer, Samuel W.

Memoir
52 pp.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON PROJECT
Witwer, lawyer, recalls his association with Adlai E. Stevenson II: the gubernatorial campaign in 1948 and Stevenson's interest in a revision of the Illinois Constitution. Witwer also discusses his own work as chairman of the Bar Association Standing Committee for Constitutional Revision and as chairman for Citizen's Committee for a Constitutional Convention. He also discusses the Gateway Amendment and party politics in relation to the revision of the state Constitution.

Interview by John Luter, 1969
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


Click to ExpandW840. Women's Rights Project; Dickerman, Barbara; Ferguson, Jacqueline; Hasara, Karen , b. 1940

Interviews and Memoirs
3 tapes, 150 min., 60 pp.

Narrators discuss their lives during the women's movement in the 1960s, their opinions of women's organizations and leaders, and their work for the ERA and in the National League of Women Voters. Hasara (R) is a former Illinois State Representative and Senator and Mayor of Springfield, Illinois.

Interviewed by Margaret Herath, 1998
OPEN

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Click to ExpandW861. Woods, Betty

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 12 pp.

SPRINGFIELD INTERNATIONAL VISITORS COMMISSION
Betty Woods, executive director of the Springfield International Visitors Commission, discusses its creation and organization as well as her duties at the Commission.

Interview by Byron Booth, 1990
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW865. Woods, Mearia (1905-1999)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 22 pp.

Mearia Woods, teacher, discusses Beardstown, Illinois: floods, local railroads, the 1922 railroad strike, and the Princess and Gem theaters. She also discusses her teaching career.

Interview by George Ingle, 1987
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW892. Workman, Mayme (1892-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 33 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Workman discusses her career in the telephone business from 1907-1961 as operator, a trainer of operators, traffic supervisor, and member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association. She recalls various telephone companies, changes in the business over the years, and writing for a telephone trade journal. She also discusses growing up in Springfield and the race riot of 1908.

Interview by Thomas Easley, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW893. World War II Project

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

Anderson, Stuart b. 1913, 60 mins., 15 pp.
Mella, George b. 1934, 90 mins., 32 pp.
Stephens, Helen b. 1907, 30 mins., 10 pp. Narrators discuss their individual experiences during WWII. George Mella discusses his memories of WWII as a young boy in the Philippines and his encounters with Japanese soldiers. Helen Stephens discusses the WWII homefront as a wife and mother in Springfield. Stuart Anderson discusses WWII as a teacher and part-time worker at a war equipment plant in Milwaukee, Minnesota.

Interviews by Hazel R. Muncy, 1993
OPEN
See collateral file: filed under WWII Project
For tapes see WWII Project

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandW934. Wright, Pauline (1909-1986)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 22 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Pauline Wright recalls the bank as a resident of an apartment on its third floor. She discusses the building's furnishings and interior, stairways, back hallway, and sidewalks and exterior.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW935. Wright, Ross B. (1891-1977)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 8 pp.

Ross B.Wright recalls the 1908 Springfield race riot: incidents, mob violence, rumors, the National Guard, and the sheltering of blacks by whites.

Interview by Brian Alexander, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandW936. Wright, Roy b. 1913

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 86 mins., 35 pp.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Roy Wright, employee at Jacksonville State Hospital, discusses changing methods in patient care and treatment, changes in community attitudes toward mental illness, and changes in living conditions and staff in the hospital.

Interview by Rodger Streitmatter, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandWurtzler, Charles F.

Click to ExpandW977. Wylder, Harold (1911-1992)

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

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Wylder, employee of the Springfield Marine Bank, recalls changes in banking procedures, personal attention to customers, and the bank's facilities.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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