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Oral history program

Repository: University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Archives & Records Management

Collection Description (CRHP): Approximately 10 alumni and professors discuss their experiences concerning the civil rights movement and protests on campus.

Collection Description (Extant): The University of Wisconsin-Madison Oral History Project was established as part of the University History Project in 1971. Its initial charge was to interview prominent emeritus faculty members about their research and careers at the University. Over the years, the Project became a part of the UW Madison Archives, changed from a project to a program, and expanded its scope to include interviews with campus administrators, staff, and students as well as faculty. Taken individually, these interviews reflect the careers and interests of the interviewees; taken collectively they constitute a narrative of the development of the University over time. As such, they form an invaluable part of the historical record of the University in its over 160 years of existence.

The Oral History Program's collection--held at the UW Madison Archives--currently encompasses over 1,100 interviews (nearly 4,000 hours) touching on all aspects of the University's history. A significant portion of the total collection were conducted as a part of special series covering subjects such as the Teaching Assistants Strike of 1970, the UW Merger, the Arboretum, and printmaking at UW since World War II. Other significant historical themes run through many of the interviews, including the Depression, the return of the GIs after World War II, the protests against the Vietnam War, academic freedom, and gender and race issues.

Access Copy Note: Interview tapes, indexes, and extant transcripts may be accessed by appointment only at the Oral History Program, a division of the University Archives & Records Management Service, at 425 Steenbock Memorial Library from 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday, excluding mandated holidays. Some interviews in the larger collection are restricted; to consult these, researchers must first obtain the interviewee's written permission.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1971-

Digital Status: Unknown

Extent: Approximately 1,100 interviews; sound cassettes

Language: English

Interviewees: James E. Jones Jr., Phillip R. Certain, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Louise Robbins, Gerald Marwell, Franklin Peterson, Bea P. Kabler, Carin Cooper Brania, Paul Soglin, Anne Lambert

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


African Americans--Wisconsin
Civil rights movements--Wisconsin
College students
College teachers
Racism in education
Racism in the workplace
Student movements


Sound recordings


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