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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

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Call Number: RU 1055

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 April 26

Nash, Lola, 2006 April 12

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Lola Nash set up the first Head Start Program in the United States in the Elm Haven neighborhood of New Haven. She was also one of the founders of the Edith B. Jackson family daycare center in New Haven and, in the 1980s, established a daycare at Yale New Haven Hospital to provide child care to nurses and other female employees. Before coming to New Haven, Nash cultivated a background in early childhood education by working in many diverse programs. She graduated from college in 1945 then...
Dates: 2006 April 12

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

Nasti, Frank, Jr., 2003 December 4

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: The son of Italian immigrants, Frank Nasti, Jr. grew up in Fair Haven and became involved in redevelopment projects there in the late 1960s. In 1968, Nasti became president of the Fair Haven Project Area Committee, a group of local residents who made recommendations to the New Haven Redevelopment Agency about urban renewal initiatives. Nasti and other members of the Committee lobbied to change New Haven's demolition plans and instead pushed for the construction of single- and two-family homes....
Dates: 2003 December 4

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 December 4

O'Connell, Craig, 2003 July 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Craig O'Connell was a teacher in several New Haven elementary schools and the founder of Teachers for a Progressive Union. Born in New Haven in 1947, O'Connell grew up in a working-class family in Newhallville. He attended Catholic School, graduated from Fairfield University, and became a fourth grade teacher in Newhallville in 1969. In the 1970s, he worked for the Martin Luther King School, a charter program that tried to foster community involvement in the schools. Most of O'Connell's...
Dates: 2003 July 2

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 July 2

Oliva, Linda, 2004 February 24

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

Length (min): 68
Dates: 2004 February 24

Patton, Curtis, 2005 April 21

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Born in Birmingham in 1935, Curtis Patton began to fight for civil rights from an early age, a commitment he carried with him to Yale in the 1970s. In high school, Patton joined the youth division of the NAACP. He remembers hearing a 1951 speech by Mordecai Johnson, the president of Howard University, which predicted the coming Civil Rights movement. After graduating high school, Patton attended Fisk University which he describes as a center of civil rights activism. At Fisk, Patton's...
Dates: 2005 April 21

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 April 21

Pearce, Herb, 2005 August 3

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Herb Pearce grew up in New Haven, graduated from Commercial (later Wilbur Cross) High School in 1935, and went to work for the A. C. Gilbert Company in Fair Haven for the next twenty-one years. Pearce knew the Gilbert family because he delivered newspapers to their home and it was this personal relationship that helped him secure a full-time job during the Great Depression. Pearce discusses the various jobs that he performed at the toy factory. He began building models for department store...
Dates: 2005 August 3

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 August 3

Piascik, Ray, 2007 April 12

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Ray Piascik works for the U.S. Postal Service. He has lived in New Haven his whole life, and currently works for the Yale branch of the USPS on Elm Street. He is a life-long fan of the rock band the Doors. Piascik says that he attended roughly ten doors concerts during the band's existence. In this interview, Piascik describes the events at a Doors concert in New Haven, during which Jim Morrison -- the Doors' lead singer -- was arrested. The arrest sparked a small riot in the arena. Piascik...
Dates: 2007 April 12

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 April 12

Pierce, Patricia, 2005 December 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: In 1970, recently separated and the mother of four small children, Patricia Pierce chose to attend the May Day demonstrations on the New Haven Green. The event marked a turning point in her political activism and awareness. Pierce grew up in an upper-middle class family and attended Vassar. She came to New Haven in 1964 because her then husband, attorney Cheever Tyler, got a job at the Wiggin and Dana law firm. Although the couple had separated by the spring of 1970, Tyler instructed Pierce to...
Dates: 2005 December 2

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 December 2

Pisani, Lawrence, 2005 March 18

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Lawrence Pisani graduated from Yale College in 1942 and received his Ph.D. in 1951. He talks about his father, an Italian immigrant who covered Connecticut for New York City's Italian daily newspaper and published his own weekly paper for the New Haven Italian community. Pisani discusses the role of these and other local Italian papers in nurturing Italian community. The papers offered information to help immigrants assimilate and become naturalized U.S. citizens. Yet at the same time they...
Dates: 2005 March 18

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 March 18

Pullen, Carl, 2006 November 30

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Carl Pullen grew up in Bridgeport but moved to New Haven after graduating high school to work for the police department. He talks about his experiences as an African American police officer in the city during the Civil Rights movement. Pullen and other minority police officers faced discrimination in the police force. Pullen claims that the examinations for promotion were biased and that minority officers received the worst assignments in the roughest areas of the city, such as his assignment...
Dates: 2006 November 30

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 November 30