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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

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Call Number: RU 1055

Zelinsky, Doris, 2005 October 28

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Doris Zelinsky, the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, was a member of the first class of women admitted to Yale College. After graduating, Zelinsky remained in New Haven to work for the Office of Policy Analysis under Mayor Frank Logue and became involved with the erection of a memorial to Holocaust survivors in the city. Zelinsky tells the story of a day in late 1976 when a group of survivors and members of the New Haven Jewish Federation came to the Mayor's office to ask for a parcel of...
Dates: 2005 October 28

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 October 28

Zelinsky, Ed, 2006 November 15

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Ed Zelinsky left Omaha to attend Yale College in 1968, then graduated from Yale Law School and remained in New Haven as an attorney and a member of the Board of Alderman. He discusses his childhood and adult involvement in Jewish affairs, his entry into city politics in the 1970s and his involvement in the construction of the Holocaust Memorial at Edgewood Park. Zelinsky discusses the political climate of the 1970s. Running as a reform Democrat, he became the first Yale student elected to the...
Dates: 2006 November 15

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

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 October 29

Brodhead, Richard, 2003 November 3

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

Length (min): 18
Dates: 2003 November 3

Brown, Lillian, 2004 March 4

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Lillian Brown discusses life in the African-American community located in the Newhallville and Dixwell neighborhoods of New Haven. Brown moved into her home in Newhallville in 1953, and remained for the next five decades. She raised six children, and worked at the Winchester rifle factory. She discusses the changes wrought by urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s, changes that she feels were not for the best. Brown feels particular ire for the adminsitration of mayor Richard Lee, whose urban...
Dates: 2004 March 4

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 March 4

Bruskin, Sydney, 2003 November 13

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Sydney Bruskin was born in Ansonia, CT, moved to New Haven as child, and remained in the city for most of his life. The child of immigrant Jewish parents, Sydney completed elementary school in New Haven before enrolling at Hillhouse High School. Bruskin describes the life of a high school student in New Haven in the 1930s, focusing on his friends (mostly the children of Jewish immigrants), classes, and ex-curricular activies. After graduating from Hillhouse, he attended Yale, but, due to the...
Dates: 2003 November 13

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 November 13

Calabresi, Guido, 2006 March 30

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Guido Calabresi was raised in New Haven, and received his BA from Yale College and his JD from Yale Law School. Calabresi discusses his connections to the Tyler Cooper law firm, a "progressive" firm, according to Calabresi, with deep roots in the New Haven community. Morris Tyler (Calabresi's father-in-law) was involved with the Dixwell Community House, while his partner Jim Cooper started the New Haven Foundation and Legal Aid in New Haven. Calabresi discusses the way in which...
Dates: 2006 March 30

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 March 30

Carnegie, Edna, 2005 April 27

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Edna Carnegie, the daughter of immigrants from Nevis (in the Caribbean), taught English in New Haven public schools for 25 years. She was among the first African Americans to teach in the New Haven public school system. Carnegie attended college at St. Augustine's Episcopal College in Raleigh, NC. She talks about going to college during the Great Depression, a luxury that was only made possible by the generosity of Carnegie's church in New Haven. She also talks about her experiences on...
Dates: 2005 April 27

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 April 27

Caron, Erna, 2007 March 1

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Erna Carron has spent the better part of her life on Chatham Street, in Fair Haven. She was born and raised there, and, for the past 55 years, has lived one house down from the one in which she grew up. She discusses the "mom and pop" stores in the Chatham Street area, and the make-up of the community when she was young. She talks about her childhood friends and activities, and discusses the differences and similarities between her upbringing on Chatham Street and her children's'....
Dates: 2007 March 1

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 March 1

Casey, John, 2005 February 28

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Father John Casey grew up in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, attending St. Joseph's Parish on Edwards Street. After attending public schools in New Haven, Father Casey enrolled in Seminary and was sent to a number of parishes in the Hartford Diocese before his assignment to St. Boniface's in New Haven. Casey talks about history of Catholicism in New Haven, focusing in particular on the ethnic and national divisions within the city's Catholic population. At one time, Casey recalls,...
Dates: 2005 February 28

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 February 28

Cavanagh, Robert, 2006 February 27

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Robert Cavanagh was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts. He attended Yale College, then Yale Law School, graduating in 1959. Although he considered work in New York, Cavanagh accepted a job at Wiggin and Dana, a New Haven firm, after receiving his degree. Cavanagh's arrival coincided with the era of redevelopment in New Haven, spear-headed by Mayor Richard Lee and administrator Edward Logue. Cavanagh denies that redevelopment played much of a role in his decision to practice in New...
Dates: 2006 February 27

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 February 27