Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1055

Pullen, Carl, 2007 February 15

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Carl Pullen joined the New Haven Police Department in 1962 after serving in the Marine Corps and worked as a patrolman and detective for thirteen years. This interview focuses on his experiences on the police force in the 1960s. Pullen remembers the era as a period of great social unrest. He recalls working in the Hill section as a plainclothes officer during the May Day Demonstrations. He tells the story of arresting Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison at a 1967 concert. Although the media and...
Dates: 2007 February 15

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 15

Rae, Douglas, 2006 February 23

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Douglas Rae is a Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He talks about his involvement with the mayoral candidacy of John Daniels. After Daniels' victory, Rae became his Chief Administrator. The central political strategy going into the election, and the central initiative coming out, was a program of community policing to help lower crime in New Haven without "equipping white cops with nightsticks to beat up on black people." Rae describes the trouble with the New Haven...
Dates: 2006 February 23

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 February 23

Ramos, Rafael, 2007 March 30

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Rafael Ramos is the producer for the Bregamos Theater in Fair Haven. Bregamos is a community theater whose mission is to bridge cultures, encourage intergenerational projects, and introduce Fair Haven residents to all aspects of the theater. Bregamos, Ramos explains, roughly translates to "We'll work it out." The theater aims to build community through collaboration and to make theater accessible to individuals who have had little experience with it. The theater offers after-school...
Dates: 2007 March 30

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 March 30

Richardson, James, 2003 November 7

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: James Richardson grew up in Brooklyn, New York and later moved to New Haven, where he is now a priest, local activist, and community organizer. Richardson describes his growing interest in the church, starting from his membership in religious communities in Belgium and France and, later, Canada, Baltimore, and Chicago. He describes his membership as ethnically and economically diverse, talking about the staff's broad-based efforts to appeal to the entire congregation. He discusses the...
Dates: 2003 November 7

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 November 7

Robinson, Yakeita, May, 2006

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Yakeita Robinson was born in Bridgeport, CT, and moved to New Haven after 8th grade. In 2001, during her sophomore year at Hillhouse High School, a LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership) recruiter visited her school, prompting Robinson to apply for a job as a counselor. She has worked with LEAP since that time, rising to the rank of Site Coordinator. Robinson has been stationed in the Church Street South area since she began. Robinson discusses her work with the Church...
Dates: May, 2006

Transcript

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

Roldan, Zulma, 2007 February 27

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Zulma Roldan moved to the Chatham Square area of Fair Haven in 1984 and has lived there ever since. She discusses the neighborhood and its community. Roldan's parents came to the United States from Puerto Rico and also live in the neighborhood with her. She teaches at the nearby Columbus School. Roldan appreciates the diversity of the neighborhood and the mixture of ethnic backgrounds represented there. She celebrates the community involvement of her neighbors and believes that the city of New...
Dates: 2007 February 27

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 February 27

Rosen, David, 2005 November 21

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: David Rosen, who grew up in New York City, describes his experiences practicing law in 1969 at New Haven Legal Assistance, a legal aid office. He shares anecdotes about his interest in civil rights cases. He describes the difficulty of ensuring a fair trial amidst historical judicial racism against black defendants. He discusses his role as a legal assistant on behalf of Black Panther Bobby Seale in the internationally known 1970 dual indictment of Seale and Panther Ericka Huggins for the 1969...
Dates: 2005 November 21

Transcript

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

Rosenberg, Helene, 2005 October 31

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Helene Rosenberg came to New Haven after World War II. She discusses her experiences as a Polish survivor of the Holocaust and her involvement in New Haven's Holocaust memorial projects. Rosenberg recalls several personal stories about being a Jew in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, her brushes with the Gestapo, and her eventual capture. A nurse, Rosenberg was forced to work in German hospitals during the war. She also discusses her struggles as an immigrant in New Haven who spoke little...
Dates: 2005 October 31

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 October 31

Rosetti, Marilyn, 2004 November 19

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Interviewer: Barrett, Marsha

Length (min): 76
Dates: 2004 November 19

Transcript

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 November 19

Royster, Constance, 2005 May 3

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Constance Royster was born in New Haven, but moved to Bethany, CT while she was in ninth grade. After spending a year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Royster transferred to Yale as part of Yale College's first co-ed class. She discusses her experiences at Yale and the difficulties of being a "pioneer." Royster discusses her impressions of the Bobby Seale/Erika Huggins Black Panther trials in 1970, focusing specifically on the manner in which the experience bonded together...
Dates: 2005 May 3

Transcript

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