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University of Connecticut, Center for Oral History Interviews Collection

Identifier: 1984-0025

Scope and Content

The collection contains oral history transcripts recorded on reel to reel or cassette tapes. The media recordings, for the majority of the collection, are not available for research. The interviews were conducted by various individuals from the center, including Mortin Tenzer, Bruce Stave (Directors of the Center), Katya Williamson, Allice Hoffman, Jane Allison, Michael Chaney, and Leslie Frank.

Associated, administrative, and project related files have been processed separately and identified as the University of Connecticut, Center for Oral History Records.


  • Creation: undated, 1967 - 2014


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these transcripts must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


The Center was established as the Oral History Project in 1968 and began to expand in the late seventies in response to a growing professional interest in this research technique. It was designated a Center by the University's Board of Trustees in 1981; the Center's name was changed to the Oral History Office in 2007.

Center-based activities have been supported by funding from such agencies as the >National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council and the U.S. Office of Education, as well as by private sources and the University of Connecticut.

Publications originating from the Center include: Mills and Meadows: A Pictorial History of Northeastern Connecticut, From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America, Connecticut Workers and Technological Change, and Witnesses to Nuremberg: American Participants at the War Crime Trials.


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The collection contains transcripts of interviews conducted by the University of Connecticut Center for Oral History, and individuals and programs associated with the Center.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by project title. Each project is then organized alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee. Page counts for the transcripts are also listed (when available). The projects included in the collection are as follows:

American Association of University Professors (undated)

Bridgeport Socialists (undated)

Changing Landscape Through People: Connecticut Valley Tobacco (1982)

Chinese Urbanization and Urban Planning and American Studies in China (1985)

Colt Strike of 1934 (1981)

Conferences, Lectures, Etc. (1969-1993)

Connecticut Art Associations (1986)

Connecticut Communist Party (1986-1987)

Connecticut Credit Union League (1983-1984)

Connecticut General Assembly Oral History Project (1995-1997)

Connecticut Historical Society (1998)

Connecticut Workers and a Half Century of Technological Change, 1930-1980 (1981-1982)

Creating Connecticut's Modern General Assembly Oral History Project (1996-1997)

Foreign Interviews (1977-1978)

G. Fox & Co. (2006-2008)

Gravetending in the New Mansfield Cemetery (1997-1998)

The Greater Hartford Process (Coventry) (1972-1975)

Holocaust Survivors in the Connecticut Region (1980-1981)

Individual Oral Histories (1967-1989)

Italian Immigrant Gardens (1985-1987)

Last Drift: Connecticut's Last Commercial Windship Sailors (1987)

Living and Learning 1908-1983, 39 Woodland Street, Hartford (1982-1983)

Making of Urban History (1974-1992)

Manchester-Cheney Oral History Project (1971-1991)

Millworkers of Willimantic (1979-1980)

Nisei at UConn (2003)

Peoples of Connecticut (1973-1976)

Political Activities of the First Generation of Fully-Enfranchised Connecticut Women, 1920-1945 (1980-1982)

Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits (125th anniversary history of the University) (2002-2004)

Southern New England Telephone Company (1999)

Student Projects (undated, 1981-1998)

Telling Our Stories: Women's Words/Women's Quilts (1991-1992)

Thomas Dodd Family Oral History Project (1976, 1995, 2009)

University of Connecticut (1968-2008)

Voices from the Second World War: An Oral History (1999-2000)

Voices of American Homemakers (1981-1985)

Witnesses to Nuremberg (circa 1997)

Women and the Connecticut Bar (undated)

Women in the Connecticut Legislature: Past and Present (1996-1997)

Women's Center Oral History Project (1997)

Custodial History

The recordings and transcripts were created by and housed in the Center for Oral History prior to their transfer to Archives & Special Collections. More recent projects undertaken by the Center and listed on their webpage are not available unless they are also listed in this finding aid.

Acquisition Information

The initial transfer of materials took place in 1984. Subsequent projects have been transferred from the Center periodically and incorporated into the collection.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcripts that have been digitized are available in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository.

University of Connecticut, Center for Oral History Interviews Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2005 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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