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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1055

Royster, Eunice Baker, 2005 April 26

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Eunice Baker, born in New Haven, recalls the multicultural area of her neighborhood since 1920, sharing anecdotes of her family members and neighborhood friends. She mentions her parents' decision to come to America from the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts and Nevis, following the earlier immigration of her extended family members. She describes the ties and expansion of her U.S. extended family network as they all settled in the New Haven area. She shares anecdotes of playing with her...
Dates: 2005 April 26

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 April 26

Saenz, David, 2007 March 6

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: David Saenz moved to the Chatham Street neighborhood in Fair Haven five years ago. He discusses some anecdotes from his earlier life, including his rescue of two stray cats. Saenz is mostly content with his neighborhood, but describes a running feud with a neighbor who raises fighting pit bulls next door. The pit bulls, Saenz says, have attacked a number of people and killed one of his cats, but the police refuse to take action. Saenz has harsh words for the police in his neighborhood,...
Dates: 2007 March 6

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 March 6

Sandine, Robert, 2004 October 26

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Bob Sandine discusses his move to New Haven from Minneapolis in 1960 for his and his wife's dual enrollment in the Yale Divinity School. He describes their experiences living in different New Haven neighborhoods, first in the Divinity School housing, the East Rock neighborhood and, later, Rockview Brookside, a public housing project. He details the area and neighborhood environment in Rockview Brookside, describing it as a predominately black-settled area. He talks about his family's decision...
Dates: 2004 October 26

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 October 26

Santarcangelo, Michael, 2004 October 13

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Michael Santarcangelo describes his employment with Yale University since 1963. He focuses on his membership in the Yale University Union, in which his father also participated during the 1950s. He describes his interest in union organizing that started from being exposed to his parents' experiences in the union. After joining the union, he was eventually promoted to leadership positions and created strong business and personal relationships with fellow union members and leaders, such as John...
Dates: 2004 October 13

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 October 13

Schenck, Anne, 2004 March 26

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Anne Schenck grew up in the New York area. She later moved to New Haven with her late husband, Charles, a Yale graduate, Korean war lieutenant veteran, Pentagon correspondent, prominent estates and wills lawyer, and active civic leader. She talks about their New Haven years, discussing the changes she's noticed in the city, including the Audobon Arts District. She details her husband's leadership in a variety of local and national boards, political agencies, and non-profit organizations focused...
Dates: 2004 March 26

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 March 26

Schiavone, Joel, 2004 November 23

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Joel Schiavone, born in New York, is a New Haven developer. He discusses his efforts to develop downtown New Haven since the 1970s. He talks about the challenges of integrating multiple areas and ideas in a development project, encompassing architecture, finances, business, and psychology. He describes why and how he got involved in developing downtown New Haven. He mentions urban renewal in the 1950s and 60s as a motivation, which, he describes, weakened downtown New Haven districts and...
Dates: 2004 November 23

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 November 23

Schiavone, Joel, 2005 March 8

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Joel Schivaone, born in New York, is a New Haven developer. He describes his work on various downtown projects since the 1970s and his impressions of what makes downtown areas functional, safe, and exciting. He talks about the change he's noticed over the years in New Haven's downtown arts and shopping districts, comparing them to those in other urban cities. In particular, he describes the architectural visions, strengths, and problems of the construction, maintenance, and marketing of the New...
Dates: 2005 March 8

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 March 8

Schirrer, Peggy, 2005 July 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Peggy Schirrer was born in 1936 in Canton Illinois, graduated from Denison University and moved to New Haven in 1958 to marry her fiancé, a Yale medical student. Schirrer became involved with many women's groups at Yale University and volunteer activities in the New Haven community, but it was her participation in the Junior League that occupied most of her time. Schirrer talks about her life growing up in Illinois, being a child during World War II, and attending Denison on scholarships and...
Dates: 2005 July 25

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

Shanklin, Sheila, 2007 April 17

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Sheila Shanklin recalls the beginnings of the Dwight area Management Team. The Management team is a grassroots organization devoted to community policing, home-buyer assistance, and beautification in the Dwight Street area of New Haven. Shanklin describes the first meetings of the organization in a storefront on the corner of Day and Chapel Streets. She also describes the yearly festival organized by the Management Team. After a number of years of successful Management Team activity, the...
Dates: 2007 April 17

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 April 17

Sharnik, Barbara, 2007 February 24

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Barbara Sharnick describes her childhood interactions with her mother and grandparents, drawing upon the role of her congressionalist faith on her childhood and concept of family. She speaks from a New Haven nursing home. She illustrates a typical day there, in which she often has most of the day free to reflect, write short stories, and spend time with other residents. She shares anecdotes about marriage and sacrifice, family and obligations, and her relationships with other residents. She...
Dates: 2007 February 24

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 November 22