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Oral histories documenting New Haven, Connecticut

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Call Number: RU 1055

Chauncey, Henry "Sam", 2005 November 4

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Henry "Sam" Chauncey Jr. was Special Assistant to Yale President Kingman Brewster during the 1970 Black Panther trials and May Day demonstrations and later became Secretary of the University. He recalls the University's strategies and decisions in regard to the demonstrations. Brewster and many faculty members, Chauncey explains, believed that the May Day demonstrators should be protected but that violence and riots should be averted at all cost. He discusses his collaboration with...
Dates: 2005 November 4

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 November 4

Childers, Sherman, 2005 April 25

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Sherman Childers, born in North Carolina, recalls his experiences in the Civil Rights sit-ins while a college student at Johnson C. Smith University. He describes his adolescent passion for languages and talks about his later experiences teaching English and French in North Carolina and France. As a student and teacher, he discusses the racial atmosphere among black and white students, parents, teachers, and administrators and his experiences with racism during segregation and integration. He...
Dates: 2005 April 25

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

Cimino, Rose, 2004 December 6

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Rose Cimino was born and raised in Fair Haven. She and her husband have run Apicella's Bakery on Grand Avenue in Fair Haven since the 1970s. She talks about many white New Havener's perceptions of Fair Haven as "dangerous," and talks about her experiences living and working in a racially and ethnically mixed community. Cimino is a leader of GABA -- the Grand Avenue Business Association -- which represents the diverse array of small businesses located on Grand Avenue. She discusses the...
Dates: 2004 December 6

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2004 December 6

Clark, Francis, 2003 November 18

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Francis Clark is an alderwoman in New Haven, the former Executive Director of the Arts Council and a Staff Member of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Clark was born and raised in New York City, and came to New Haven in 1956. She discusses Mayor Richard Lee's redevelopment programs in the 1960s, focusing specifically on the development of Audubon Street. As part of the city's efforts to revive its downtown, leading New Haven citizens fought for the construction of an arts center, to be...
Dates: 2003 November 18

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 November 18

Cofield, Curtis, 2005 March 23

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Curtis Cofield came to New Haven in 1965 to serve as Pastor for the Immanuel Baptist Church, on Chapel Street. Cofield describes the challenges of being a pastor of a predominantly middle-class, African-American congregation in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. His congregation, he explains, did not expect him to be radical and Cofield took a moderate liberal stance on many issues. He discusses the intimidation he experienced from the Black Panthers and other more radical groups. He...
Dates: 2005 March 23

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2005 March 23

Cohen, Marvin, 2006 January 19

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Marvin Cohen was born and raised in New Haven, and, after college, returned to the city to open a nursery. Asked by Art Spiegel (creator of the graphic novel Maus) to design a Holocaust memorial for New Haven. Cohen offered a simple design, featuring a Star of David and thirteen evergreen trees. His sketch was supplemented with work by architect Gus Franzoni, and the memorial placed on Whalley Avenue near Edgewood Park. Cohen describes the difficulties in finding an appropriate place for the...
Dates: 2006 January 19

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 January 19

Daniels, John, 2006 March 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: John Daniels was mayor of New Haven between 1990 and 1994. He was born and raised in the city, and attended Villanova University on a football scholarship. He credits his interest in politics to two distinct events: a meeting with New Haven Mayor Dick Lee when Daniels was a senior in High School, and Daniels' volunteer work on John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1960. His political career began with a spot on the Board of Alderman, as a replacement Alderman for the 19th Ward. At that...
Dates: 2006 March 2

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 March 2

Dawson, Che, 2007 May 4

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Che Dawson was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, but retained close ties to the New Haven community. In 1994, while in college, Dawson took a summer job as a counselor at LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Parternship) in the Church Street South neighborhood of New Haven. LEAP was founded in 1992. The experience changed Dawson's life and career path, and after college, Dawson returned to New Haven to work full time with LEAP. Dawson describes the manner in which the LEAP program...
Dates: 2007 May 4

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2007 May 4

Debenedet, Harry, 2003 November 20

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Harry Debenedet, the son of Italian immigrants, grew up in the Hill Section of New Haven before moving to North Haven at age 12. As an adult he worked as a police officer in New Haven County. Debenedet discusses his participation in several Italian American societies in New Haven, including the Marchegiano Society, the Saint Andrew Society, the Santa Maria Maddalena Society. Debenedet was also a founding member of the Police Order of Centurions, an Italian American fraternal organization. He...
Dates: 2003 November 20

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2003 November 20

Devane, Milton, 2006 April 13

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Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Scope and Contents: Milton Devane was born in New Haven in 1929, attended Yale College in the late 1940s, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1958 after serving in the Navy during the Korean War. Devane then went on to work for the Tyler Cooper law firm in New Haven, which represented the New Haven Redevelopment Agency in the 1960s. Devane discusses the culture of Yale Law school in the 1950s and admits that he chose Yale in part because it was a less cutthroat and less traditional school than Harvard. He then...
Dates: 2006 April 13

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 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001
Dates: 2006 April 13