Browse Brookens Library - UIS by Title

  • Alepra, Magdeline (1991)
    Alepra discusses life during prohibition: gangsters and bootlegging, the Depression, pets, home life, and school; WWII; and coal mine wars in Benld and Gillespie, Illinois. Interview by Michael E. Alepra, 1991. 4 tapes, 330 mins.

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  • Jones, Malden (1987)
    Jones, journalist, discusses Springfield, Illinois, state politics, politicians, Illinois governors, work for the State Journal-Register, changes in journalism, legislative reporting, scandals, Illinois aviation, and WWII ...

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  • Sandretto, Mamie (1991)
    Sandretto, Italian immigrant, discusses coming to the U.S., Depression, factory work during WWII, life in Henderson and Gillespie, Illinois, coal mining and the Progressive Miners during the mine wars of the 1930's. She ...

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  • Morton, Margaret "Peg" (1986)
    Morton discusses her education abroad; Oberlin College and the University of Chicago; race relations; NAACP housing issues in Indiana; school integration; women's roles and issues; peace movements; and war tax resistance. ...

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  • Robinson, Margaret (1950)
    Robinson discusses her family history and their move to Springfield, Illinois: she describes Springfield as a village, Springfield families, people who travelled West, genealogy, and life in Springfield during the 19th ...

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  • Soma, Marguerite Beechler (1988)
    Soma discusses 20th century Springfield, Illinois: growing up, childhood games, chores, and diseases; schools; neighborhoods and streets; entertainment, businesses, and churches. She also discusses Petersburg, the Bates ...

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  • Rancilio, Maria (1976)
    Maria Rancilio, Italian-American, discusses life in Italy, emigration to Herrin, Illinois, her husband's work as coal miner, the Italian community, Depression, her work as a housekeeper, her family, and household chores. ...

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  • Rancilio, Mario (1976)
    Mario Rancilio, Italian-American coal miner, discusses coal mining in Herrin, Illinois: mules, black lung disease, mechanization, union conflicts, hazards, and women in mines. He also compares life in Italy and the U.S. ...

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  • Audi, Mary (1974)
    Audi recalls her involvement with the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary in Benld, Illinois and the Depression. Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974. 7 mins.

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  • Johnston, Mary (1983)
    Mary Johnston discusses her work as a physical therapist, teacher, and photojournalist: childhood interest in photography and sports; physical education in college; work as a physical therapist in the army and in New York; ...

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  • Nachtwey, Mary Katherine Kerndt (1991)
    Mary Nachtwey recalls growing up in Lansing, Iowa, education in Dubuque, training to be an airplane pilot, and raising a family in Springfield, Illinois. Interview by Matthew R. Nachtwey, 1991. 2 tapes, 135 mins.

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  • Profeta, Mary (1975)
    Profeta recalls her husband's coal mining experiences in Springfield, Illinois in the 1930's: the mine wars, strikes, violence, and her work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary. Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975. 2 tapes, 90 mins.

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  • Houston, J. Michael (2006)
    Former Mayor Michael Houston discusses his tenure as Springfield’s mayor from 1979 to 1987. He recalls his employment prior to and after being elected mayor, and he discusses events during his tenure such as the revitalization ...

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  • Shepherd, Mike (1982)
    Shepherd discusses his experiences in the Vietnamese Conflict: enlistment in the Air Force, training as a Radio and Production Specialist, transfer to Vietnam, duties as a combat reporter, and return to the U.S. Interview ...

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  • Brown, Mrs. George (Louise) (1977)
    Louise Brown discusses her husband's work in the coal mines in Fulton County, Illinois: mules, wages, strikes, union conflicts and violence, company stores, safety laws and hazards, and attitudes toward coal miners. She ...

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  • Chapin, Nancy (2010)
    Chapin discusses attending Sangamon State University in the very beginning when grades were pass/fail or students awarded their own grades, when classes were held at the Leland Hotel in downtown Springfield, and how she ...

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  • Lynn, Naomi (2010)
    Dr. Naomi Lynn was President of Sangamon State University and Chancellor of University of Illinois Springfield from 1991 to 2001. She also served as Interim President of Lincoln Land Community College. Lynn played a ...

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  • Harris, Nina (2010)
    Harris discusses her experiences at Sangamon State University, earning her undergraduate degree in 1988 and completing a master’s in public administration when it became the University of Illinois Springfield. She recalls ...

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  • Wayham, Nona (1975)
    Wayham recalls rural life in Green and Jersey Counties, Illinois during the late 19th and early 20th century: entertainment, quilting parties, ice cream and box socials, Carrollton High School, courtship, nursing, farm ...

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  • Dorosheff, Paul (1981)
    Dorosheff discusses his service experiences in Vietnam: enlistment in the Navy, service in Vietnam with Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (Seabees), duties including bridge construction, return to the U.S., and post-war ...

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