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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

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Call Number: RU 1055

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 May 4

Franceschi, Norma, 2004 November 12

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Interviewer: Sanchez, Christina

Length (min): 43
Dates: 2004 November 12

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 November 12

Fusco, Edmund, 2007 February 28

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Edmund Fusco was a real estate developer who became involved in the Church Street mall project in the early 1960s. Mayor Dick Lee and redevelopment leader Edward Logue initially approached a New York developer named Roger Stevens. Stevens worked on the project for a few years, before selling his interest to Fusco. Fusco discusses the reason for the failure of the project, concluding that a shopping center in an urban area made very little sense in an era of suburbanization and sprawl....
Dates: 2007 February 28

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 28

Genece, Gerde, 2007 February 23

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Gerde Genece, a Haitian American, lived with her children in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven until 1995 but moved to Fair Haven because of the drug-related crime. Genece and her neighbors organized a neighborhood watch in her new community to fight intimidation and prevent violence. She discusses the time her son was mugged and kidnapped and how it motivated her to stand up to criminals in her neighborhood. Genece explains that her neighbors have all started to watch out for one another and...
Dates: 2007 February 23

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 23

Gillette, Jack, 2003 June 12

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: After graduating from Harvard and the Urban Teaching Program at Wesleyan, Jack Gillette took a job teaching history and social studies at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Gillette discusses his reasons for choosing to work at an underprivileged, almost completely African American, high school, and the challenges he faced in so doing. Gillette arrived in New Haven in 1970, just as the teachers went on strike for the first time. He discusses his decision to join the strike, and reflects on the...
Dates: 2003 June 12

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 June 12

Gilvarg, Karyn, 2004 December 5

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Karyn Gilvarg arrived in New Haven to attend architecture school in 1975, and is now the Executive Director of City Planning for the city of New Haven. In its early years, she recalls, the City Planning department was basically a "handmaiden" for the Redevelopment Agency, focusing on economic development and urban renewal, rather than city planning as such. Although Gilvarg missed the peak years of redevelopment and urban renewal under the administration of Richard Lee, she reports...
Dates: 2004 December 5

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 December 5

Gorang, James, 2003 November 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: James Gorang is a teacher at the Dwight Elementary School in downtown New Haven. Gorang arrived at Dwight in 1987, and spent fifteen years as a Special Education teacher before moving into Special Ed administration. Gorang talks about the make-up, curriculum, and pedagogy at Dwight School, which recently converted to a focus on civics and social sciences. Gorang discusses his relationship with his students and their parents, and the relative importance of parental involvement in elementary...
Dates: 2003 November 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 March 15

Vargas, Moses, 2007 February 17

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Moses Vargas, born in Michoacan, a Mexican state, has lived in East Haven since 1986, before which he lived in New York City and North Branford. A cook and Mexican restaurant owner, Vargas describes several of his signature ingredients, recipes, and cooking methods inspired by his mother and grandmother. He reflects upon his happiness with his job, including the regular customers, the safe neighborhood, and the opportunity to improve his cooking skills by participating in competitions. He...
Dates: 2007 February 17

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 17
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Vitelli, Eugene, 2004 October 24

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Eugene Vitelli, born and raised in New Haven, describes his forty-year career as a teacher and administrator in several New Haven high schools: Hillhouse High School, Fair Haven, and Wilbur Cross. He describes the 1967 and 1970 black student-led, Black-Panther influenced race riots at Hillhouse, and explains what he thinks led to the riots. He mentions that some black students felt that Hillhouse staff favored and spent more time with white students, using more resources to help them prepare...
Dates: 2004 October 24

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 October 24

Vitelli, Gene, 2003 July 14

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Interviewer: Strohl, Nicholas

Length (min): 36
Dates: 2003 July 14

Voigt, Susan, 2007 May 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Susan Voigt was the child of Jewish immigrant parents, born three years after the family's arrival in the United States. After graduating from college, she opened a restaurant on Grand Avenue in Fair Haven with her older brother, who had previous experience in the nightclub business. At the time of the interview, Voigt's restaurant had been in operation for 27 years, surviving a number of economic downturns and the changing demographics of Fair Haven. She describes a failed 1990s attempt to...
Dates: 2007 May 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 May 2