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Wayne State University Oral History Course Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: WSOH002288
Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts for 7 interviews. Wayne State University faculty and staff discuss their lives and careers and reflect on campus history. A Detroit area (Windsor, ON) auto worker discusses his life and work. Transcripts cover only the first 15 minutes of each interview but also include biographical sketches and full time-coded indexes.
The following participants were interviewed (interviewers in parentheses): Hazel Boltwood (Pamela Stotz), Julia Boone (John R. Wilk), Clara Edwards (Kathy McGraw), Dr. Morris Goodman (Daniela Romero), Dr. C. Norman Guice (James N. Riethmiller), Leslie Hanawalt (Douglas M. Haller), and Ken McFadden (Tom Davies).
Hazel Boltwood, retired director of the WSU Foreign Student Office, mainly discusses her work with foreign students and efforts to integrate Detroit area Baptist churches.

Julia Boone, secretary to the Vice President of Business and Finance, talks mainly about her long career as an executive secretary at Wayne State.

Clara Edwards, a secretary in the dean’s office, talks mainly about her long secretarial career at Wayne State.

Dr. Morris Goodman, professor at the Department of Anatomy at Wayne State University Medical School, mainly discusses his research contributions to the university in his specialty of human evolution.

Dr. C. Norman Guice, retired professor of history, talks mainly about his research focusing on Mexican commercial and economic history, teaching, and administrative duties at Wayne State, including his deanship of the College of Liberal Arts. Includes a group photograph with Dr. Guice.

Leslie Lyle Hanawalt, professor of history, focuses on his experiences as director of the History of Wayne Project (1956-1968), which included a campus oral history project, and his authorship of the book A Place of Light: The History of Wayne State University.

Ken McFadden focuses on the UAW union election in July 1956 between Local 195 and Local 444 to determine representation for the Windsor Chrysler Plant #3.

Dates

  • 1979-06-27 - 1981-10-29

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Extent

.75 Linear Feet ((2 MB). ) : Consists of 7 printed transcripts and 9 audiocassettes.

Abstract

Students in the Wayne State University course on oral history methodology conduct oral history interviews as part of their coursework, typically interviewing WSU campus and Detroit community members. This group of oral histories primarily of campus faculty and staff was created between 1979 and 1981. Collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts for 7 interviews. Wayne State University faculty and staff discuss their lives and careers and reflect on campus history. A Detroit area (Windsor, ON) auto worker discusses his life and work. Transcripts cover only the first 15 minutes of each interview but also include biographical sketches and full time-coded indexes.

History

Students in the Wayne State University course on oral history methodology conduct oral history interviews as part of their coursework, typically interviewing WSU campus and Detroit community members. This group of oral histories primarily of campus faculty and staff was created between 1979 and 1981.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Custodial History

A past name for the project and the collection was "Wayne State University Oral History Project."

Acquisition

Donated by Wayne State University Library Science Program faculty and students, October 29, 1981.

Copies

Two duplicate audiocassettes exist for the Leslie Hanawalt interview.

Related Materials

Detroit Renaissance Center Oral Histories

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on January 26, 2017.
Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Oral History Course Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2017-01-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA