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African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection, 1996 (S0749)
0.5 cubic foot, 5 folders, 2 audio cassettes

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The records of the African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection documents methods of natural healing passed down from generation to generation through interviews and public discussions. Additionally, the collection contains correspondence, grant proposals, meeting minutes, and budget narratives. Included in this collection are two cassette tapes with audio recordings. The first recording is a group discussion and performance about the relationship between song and healing arts; the second recording is of a group interview discussing various natural remedies for common ailments.

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"As I Recall" Oral History Project Records, 2006 (C4280)
0.2 cubic feet, 11 CDs, 13 audio cassettes, 1 computer disc

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The "As I Recall" Oral History Project records contain audio recordings and some transcripts from a collaborative project between KBIA-FM and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Most oral histories in this collection were conducted by Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society, in 2006.

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Thomas Hart Benton Collection, 1962-2013 (C4113)
0.2 cubic feet, 2 audio tapes, 1 CD

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The Thomas Hart Benton Collection contains an interview of the artist and related materials. The interview took place at Benton's home in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 6, 1962, and was largely conducted by Homer Brown of Pittsburg State University (formerly Kansas State College of Pittsburg). Brown published the interview as an article in The Midwest Quarterly.

Beta Phi Mu, Librarian Oral History Project, 1980-1985 (C4071)
0.4 cubic feet, 25 audio cassettes, 6 video tapes

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The Beta Phi Mu Librarian Oral History Project collection contains the audio, video, and transcripts of interviews with Missouri librarians and members of Beta Phi Mu. Also included are an interview guide, correspondence, the interviewers' notes, and background materials on the librarians.

Boonville Women's Club Oral History Project Collection, 2007-2008 (CA6351)
0.1 cubic feet, 20 audio cassettes, 20 CDs

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The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Meredith Ludwig for the Boonville Women's Club, including audio and transcripts. Ludwig compiled many of the interviews into a 2008 readers' theatre production, "Women's Words: Memories of Boonslick," and supporting material relating to the stage production is also included.

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Bootheel Project Records, 1993-1997 (C3928)
3.2 cubic feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 audio discs, 2 video cassettes

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Records of the Bootheel Project, which documents the art, culture, and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers' notes and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.

Melvin Bradley Papers, 1855-2003 (C3026)
13.4 cubic feet, 167 audio cassettes, 1 audio tape, 1 video cassette

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This collection covers Bradley's work as a livestock specialist in the Cooperative Extension Office of the University of Missouri from 1968 through the 1990s. The papers consist of research materials, correspondence, clippings, photographs, drafts for books, articles, exhibits, and speeches, and interviews on audio cassette conducted for the Missouri Mule History Project.

Leslie Leroy Bucklew Papers, 1897-1997 (S0625)
0.4 cubic foot, 5 folders, 7 photographs, 2 audio tapes

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The Leslie Leroy Buckley Papers consists of photocopied biographical material about the life of Leslie LeRoy Bucklew. The collection features correspondence between Bucklew and soldiers he served with during the Spanish-American War and World War I, and letters from President Harry S Truman and Bess Truman. Other materials of interest include 1917 photographs of World War I servicemen serving at Camp Doniphan and Fort Sill. The collection also contains two oral history interviews of Bucklew recounting his childhood in St. Louis, his mother's friendship with Mary Todd Lincoln's sister, and his experiences in the Spanish-American War.

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Carnahan Family Oral Histories, 2001-2002 (SP0050)
0.5 cubic foot (8 folders, 11 cassette tapes)

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The Carnahan Family Oral Histories consists of eleven cassette tapes featuring interviews with family members of Governor Mel Carnahan. They were interviewed by Alex Primm two to four months following the Governor’s death in a plane crash on October 16, 2000. 

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Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) Records, 1880-2009 (K0670)
7 c.f.

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Organizational records and other research materials relating to the activities of CAJE and the history of the Jewish Community in Kansas City, particularly in preparation of the book, Mid-America's Promise: A Profile of Kansas City Jewry. (includes oral history cassettes and VHS recordings)

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Cochran Construction Company (Boonville, Mo.) Records, 1870s-1981 (CA4344)
49 cubic feet, 1 folder, 7 audio cassettes, 12 oversize volumes, 37 oversize folders

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Correspondence, project files, financial records, oral histories, and blueprints of a construction firm.

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Elbert C. Cole Papers, 1970-2000 (K0703)
2.5 c.f.

videotapes, scrapbook, film, manuscript material

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Communications Class Oral History Project, 1987-1995 (S0512)
2.5 cubic feet, 116 cassette tapes

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The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted as class assignments in Elizabeth Kizer's Communication 242 class. The topics reflect St. Louis's history, including African Americans, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, immigrants, sports, and the Great Depression.

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Confluence St. Louis Oral History Project, 1994-1995 (S0619)
1 cubic foot, 7 folders, 42 audio cassettes

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Confluence St. Louis purports to improve the quality of life in St. Louis through broad-based participation by interested citizens in study and action on issues of importance to the region. The collection includes fifteen oral history tapes, summaries, and consent forms, documenting the history of Confluence St. Louis.

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Anthony R. Crawford Collection, 1980-1983 (S0459)
0.4 cubic foot, 17 folders, 445 photographs

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The collection includes black and white prints and negatives of downtown St. Louis buildings taken between 1980 and 1983, including prints and negatives of the 1981 Veiled Prophet Fair and Parade. The collection also includes one folder of newspaper clippings about the razing of historic buildings to redevelop the downtown St. Louis area with the Gateway Mall complex.

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Thomas B. Curtis Oral Interview, 1978 (C1427)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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An interview with a former Republican Congressman who served Missouri's Second District from 1951 to 1969 and was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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E.L. Dale Interview, 1965 (C3396)
0.08 cubic feet (4 folders)

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Tape and transcription of interview with editor of CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS. Topics include Dale's background, role of news, editor, government role in news media, civil rights, and contemporary issues in U.S. and Missouri.

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Marshall Dial Oral History Collection, 1980s-1990s (CA6033)
275 audio cassettes, 44 CDs

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Collection of interviews between Marshall Dial and various residents of the Bootheel for Dial's radio show, "Stories They Tell."

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Irving Dilliard Oral History, 1990 (S0514)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 audio cassette

An Oral history conducted by Christi Fritsch on November 9, 1990 with Irving Dilliard, a long-time editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The interview has been transcribed.

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Douglass Family Collection, 1838-1990 (C3978)
1.4 cubic feet, 13 audio cassettes

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The Douglass Family Collection contains oral histories, volumes, photographs, and correspondence dealing with farm life and agriculture in McBaine, MO. There are also a family tree, and documentation of a flour mill owned by Northcutt & Brothers in Mexico, MO.

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William Duff Collection, c. 1968-1970 (CA6378)
17 audio tapes

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Audio tapes largely consisting of oral history interviews concerning the last hanging in Texas County and bootlegging. Also includes songs of Nancy Pittman.

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East Campus Neighborhood Survey (Columbia, Mo.) Records, 1992-1993 (CA5868)
0.2 cubic feet, 8 audio cassettes

Correspondence, proposals and other grant application material, resident contact information and other background material, and oral history recordings, notes, and logs related to a University of Missouri, Department of Art History and Archaeology sponsored architectural/historic survey.

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Folklore Genre Collection, 2013 (CA6374)
0.1 cubic feet, 1 CD, 1 computer disc

Collection of folklore oral histories done by students of MU English instructor Raymond Summerville includes transcripts and audio of oral history interviews. Also included in the collection is an ethnography of the Broadway Diner, Columbia, MO.

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Fort Leonard Wood Oral History Collection, no date (SP0056)
0.75 cubic feet

The Fort Leonard Wood Oral History Collection contains interviews with individuals affected by the construction of Fort Leonard Wood in 1941.

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Vendla Johnson Frampton Collection, 1919-1988 (K0286)
0.2 c.f.

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Transcript of an oral history interview in which Mrs. Frampton describes many details of her life, including: Kansas City's "Swede Hill" community; family background and relationships; local Lutheran church history; and holiday food and traditions. Also a Westport High School Memory Book, 1919.

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French Heritage Oral History Collection, 1989-1999 (CA5821)
0.4 cubic feet, 26 audio cassettes, 3 video cassettes

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Audio and video recordings of interviews and performances, transcripts, correspondence, field notes, slides, and miscellaneous material related to French settlement and culture in Missouri and the Mississippi valley.

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Granby, Missouri Oral History Collection, 1984 (R1459)
0.02 cubic foot (1 folder, 1 DVD)

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The Granby Missouri Oral History Collection consist of a DVD containing interviews of locals that lived in Granby, Missouri in October 1984. The video contains the interviews of John Hurn, Richard Eustler, and Bill Farris. John Tuggle conducted the interviews. Also included is a letter written by R.J. Savage containing background information on how the interviews were conducted.

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Milissa Grant Civil Rights Oral History Collection, 1983-1998 (S1072)
0.25 cubic foot

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The Milissa Grant Civil Rights Oral History Collection contains oral histories grant conduct with St. Louis Civil Rights leaders.

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J. Hurley and Roberta Roland Hagood Papers, no date (CA6049)
12.1 cubic feet, 77 audio cassettes

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Subject files documenting the history of Hannibal, Missouri. Also oral history interviews with several prominent residents.

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Durward G. Hall Oral Interview, 1979 (C1426)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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An interview with a former Republican Congressman who served Missouri's Seventh District from 1961 to 1973 and was a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Lucy Reed Hazelton Papers, 1946-2003 (S0686)
1 cubic foot, 18 folders, 2 audio tapes

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The papers of Lucy Reed Hazelton document her career as a poet, writer, commercial, and fine artist in Webster Groves, Missouri. The collection includes awards, booklets, correspondence newspaper clippings, poems written by Lucy Reed Hazelton. Also included is an oral history interview with Ms. Hazelton, on two audio cassettes with a transcript.

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Heart of America Jewish Historical Society Records, 1990-2005 (K0958)
0.27 c.f.

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Includes audio recording of programs at the society's meetings and oral interviews.(see also K0441 Montague)

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HistorySpeaks Oral History Collection, 2000-2002 (K0400)
10 c.f.

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Video oral history interviews of individuals whose experiences highlight past events that have shaped Kansas City.

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Charles Henry Howerton Oral History, 1911-1950 (SP0011)
2 DVDs

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The Charles Howerton Oral History contains an oral history interview with Charles Howerton conducted by his daughter, Sue Howerton Victoria, and son-in-law, Doug Victoria. The interviews took place on June 30, 1995, July 4, 1995, and July 6, 1995.

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International Women's Forum Oral History Collection, 2013-2015 (S1148)
3.5 cubic feet, 72 folders, 72 HDV tapes, 72 DVDs, 1 book

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The International Women’s Forum Oral History Collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Blanche Touhill with St. Louis City and St. Louis County members of the Missouri chapter of the International Women’s Forum. The collection documents the interviewee’s personal and professional lives and how they established themselves as successful, enterprising women leaders in the St. Louis region. These materials include DVD recordings of the interviews, as well as accompanying transcripts. The interviews date from 2013 to 2015.

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Italian Immigrant Oral History Project Collection, 1973-1984 (S0511)
18 cassette tapes

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This collection consists of interviews with Italian immigrants residing in the "Hill" neighborhood in South St. Louis, conducted by Gary Ross Mormino for his book, "Immigrants ON the Hill: Italian Americans in St. Louis 1882-1982."

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James T. Scott Memorial Collection, 2010-2011 (C4072)
0.1 cubic feet, 9 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 computer disc

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The collection contains audio, video, and images related to the James T. Scott Monument Committee in Columbia, Missouri. The committee was created to raise funds to purchase a new headstone for lynching victim James T. Scott's burial site in Columbia Cemetery.

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Odis and Ruby James Oral History, 1990 (S0513)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 audio cassette tape

An oral history interview regarding the lives and experiences of Reverend Odis James and Ruby James while working in the Nazarene Ministry in St. Louis.

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Jewish Community Archives Oral History Project, no date (K0440)
0.25 c.f.

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Video and audio oral history interviews with member of the Jewish community in the Kansas City area.

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Jewish Community Campus Oral History Collection, 1998-1999 (K0433)
1 c.f.

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Video and audio interviews with individuals in the Jewish community prominent in the development of the Campus.

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Jewish Community Center Centennial Oral History Project, 2013 (K1286)
0.3 c.f.

Oral histories of long standing members of the Jewish Community in Greater Kansas City, particularly relating to the Community Center.

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Niel Melvin Johnson Papers, 1830-2007 (K0963)
4.2 c.f.

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Research, oral histories, and manuscript materials collected and created by Johnson, archivist and historian, on Swedish-Americans in Kansas City.

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Louisa Poteet Johnston Oral Interviews, 1975 (K0488)
0.1 c.f.

Interviews with Johnston, granddaughter of Alexander Majors, and owner/promoter of the Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum.

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Joplin Tornado Oral History Project Records, 2011-2015 (C4095)
0.2 cubic feet, 22 CDs

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The collection consists of interviews with people who experienced, were affected by, and/or were a part of the devastating EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. The focus of this project is to help document the community of Joplin both before and after the tornado, as well as the rebuilding of this community. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, transcripts (forthcoming), and ephemera.

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Kansas City Monarchs Oral History Collection, 1978-1981 (K0047)
0.4 c.f.

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Oral history interviews and related correspondence and reports with eighteen persons who played with or were associated with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

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Mary Paxton Keeley Papers, 1830-1983 (C0848)
7.25 cubic feet, 3 audio cassettes

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Papers of the first woman graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1910. Active as a journalist, teacher, playwright, poet, fiction writer, genealogist, and photographer. Material includes correspondence; diaries; manuscripts for Keeley's articles, fiction, and poetry; clippings; tapes; and photographs.

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Kirkwood, Missouri Oral History Project, 1995-1997 (C3962)
0.1 cubic feet, 10 audio cassettes

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The Kirkwood, Missouri, Oral History Project was an attempt to supplement the book, Kirkwood, Missouri: The Greentree City. A Pictorial History, edited by Barbara J. Byerly and J.B. Lester, which was published in 1994. The interviews were to emphasize events after 1960.

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Lilian Kranitz Papers, 1923-1983 (K0238)
1 c.f.

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Taped interviews and written transcripts of 13 Holocaust survivors from Lodz, Poland. Also includes notes, reports, and articles on historical background and policies towards Eastern European Jews.

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Donald M. Lance Papers, 1938-2002 (C3992)
11.3 cubic feet, 144 audio cassettes

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The professional papers of an MU linguist and English professor contain his professional writings, presentations, and research on the dialects of Missouri, pronunciation of "Missouri," Missouri folklore, discourse, academic courses taught at MU, memorabilia from Texas A & M University, and records of the Missouri Folklore Society, American Name Society, American Dialect Society, and other organizations in the field of toponymy and dialectology.

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Robert Lipscomb Papers, 1945-2019 (SP0053)
0.4 cubic foot (20 folders, 1 cd)

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The Robert Lipscomb Papers consists of photographs taken or collected by Robert Lipscomb in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as an oral history interview with Robert.

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