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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1055

Maier, Linda, 2007 February 16

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Linda Maier arrived in New Haven in 1953. Her father had left the South in search of work in 1950, and brought his family to New Haven to join him three years later. Redevelopment forced the family from their home on Canal Street. In 1989, she got involved in community activism, working on neighborhood watches and beautification in the Dwight Street area. She describes a number of community initiatives to combat gangs, drugs, and crime, including a "John of the Week" program, which...
Dates: 2007 February 16

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 16

Mailhouse, Robert, 2004 December 3

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Robert Mailhouse grew up in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven and attended Hillhouse High School from 1936 until 1940. The interview focuses primarily on his experiences during that period. Mailhouse's father, a Yale graduate and electrical engineer, started the Plymouth Electric Company in New Haven. Mailhouse says that his family was not terribly hard hit by the Great Depression but that they moved in with his grandparents to save money. He talks about Hillhouse High School's wonderful...
Dates: 2004 December 3

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 December 3

Maldonado, Dominick, 2005 March 14

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Dominick Maldonado was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in Fair Haven. After graduating from Wilbur Cross High School, he joined the Air Force then returned to New Haven and worked with substance abusers at Crossroads, Inc., a residential treatment facility. In the 1980s, he began work in HIV/AIDS outreach, education, and prevention. Maldonado recalls growing up as a Puerto Rican in New Haven and the discrimination he faced. Most of the interview focuses on his work in HIV/AIDS in the Latino...
Dates: 2005 March 14

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 March 14

Margolis, Leonard, 2003 November 28

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

Length (min): 44
Dates: 2003 November 28

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 November 28

Melnyk, Christine, 2006 April 12

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Christine Melnyk immigrated to New Haven with her family in 1949 and joined the city's sizeable Ukranian American population. Melnyk discusses the Ukranian American community and her involvement with it as a child and an adult. Her family arrived as part of a second wave of Ukranian immigrants fleeing Russian political control, an influx that peaked during the 1950s. Melynk's family lived near the Ukranian Church that was on Park Street and spent much time there. She also joined Platzt, a...
Dates: 2006 April 12

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 April 12

Mielcarz, Karen, 2007 April 29

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Karen Mielcarz first started visiting downtown New Haven in the late 1970s while she was a student at the Paier School of Art in Hamden. Since that time she rented housing in the Newhallville neighborhood, on Chapel Street, and in Hamden and then bought a home in Fair Haven in the early 2000s. She recalls how much she enjoyed being a young person in New Haven in the late 1970s and early 1980s and talks about going to shows at Toad's Place, the Agora Theater, the Grotto, and at the Coliseum and...
Dates: 2007 April 29

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 April 29

Miller, Mary, 2005 March 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Mary Miller was the Festival Director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas from 2001 until 2005. Miller spent her childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she began playing the violin at the age of three. As an adult, she had a career in the orchestra before becoming a music critic. Later she became the festival director for the United Kingdom's festival of Nordic Culture and organized community outreach programs for the English National Opera. In 2001, she received an invitation to...
Dates: 2005 March 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 March 25

Milvojevic, Kovilka and Verica, 2007 April 7

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Kovilka Milvojevic and her daughter, Verica, fled Bosnia in 1992 and spent several years in Germany before coming to New Haven in 2000 through the help of the Interfaith Ministry Refuge. The two women discuss their experiences as refugees and the home that they purchased in the Chatham Square area of Fair Haven. The two Milvojevics remember coming to the United States with only two suitcases each and discuss their first few years in New Haven. They lived in a Westville apartment initially but...
Dates: 2007 April 7

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 April 7

Morand, Michael, 2004 April 16

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: After graduating from Yale College in 1987 and Yale Divinity School in 1993, Michael Morand began his career working for the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs. Morand describes the work of this Office in encouraging New Haven's economic development. This office was established in 1995, two years after Richard Levin became president, as a way to connect Yale to the community and to look for ways to make the city attractive to investors and businesses. He discusses community...
Dates: 2004 April 16, 2005 April 8

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 April 16, 2005 April 8

Murray, Marian, 2003 November 14

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

Length (min): 31
Dates: 2003 November 14

Naddis, Daniel, 2007 April 26

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Daniel Naddis moved to Connecticut for work in 1982 and chose to live in New Haven because of its Jewish community resources, including a synagogue, Jewish school, and the availability of Kosher provisions. Most of his interview talks about the changing availability of Kosher food and its effects on the community. Naddis emphasizes that patronizing local businesses, such as bakers and butchers, is a way to nurture community and communal institutions. Yet cost, convenience, quality, and...
Dates: 2007 April 26