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NIU centennial histories

Repository: Northern Illinois University. Regional History and University Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The two interviews in this series were conducted in 1996 by Dr. Glen A. Gildemeister, Director of the Regional History Center, as part of his research for "A Castle on a Hill, a pictorial history of Northern Illinois University." Both interview subjects were notable Northern Illinois State Teachers College athletes.

OH 8.02: Ernest C. 'Bumpy' Smith, an African-American student, not only was a Northern track star, but also was a member or officer of several campus organizations, including Senior Class President in 1948/1949. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944, and then came to NISTC in 1946. This interview touches on the draft, service in WW II, and the GI Bill; his experiences at Northern, including housing on campus, and the boycott of the Log Cabin Restaurant in DeKalb; and his career teaching in Detroit, travels, and life after Northern.

Date(s): 1996

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: OH-8

Extent: 2 transcripts, 4 audiocassettes

Finding Aid URL: http://www.ulib.niu.edu/reghist/UA%2053.pdf External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Ernest C. 'Bumpy' Smith

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

African American athletes
African American college students--Illinois
African American educators--Michigan
Boycotts
Civil rights demonstrations--Illinois
College integration
United States--Armed Forces--African Americans

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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