The Macalester College Oral History Project offers rich and varied perspectives on the history of Macalester and the people and events who have made the College what it is. Audio and videotaped interviews provide a permanent record of the stories and memories of Macalester community members, and serve as a rich supplement to College records maintained by the Archives.

Started in January of 2007 under the auspices of the DeWitt Wallace Library, the Archives, and Media Services, the project will collect interviews with retired faculty and their spouses or partners; former Trustees, administrators, and staff; alumni; newly tenured faculty; and other members of the Macalester community.

Through these living histories, interviewees will share recollections of their experiences at Macalester, as well as their perceptions on the history of the school, contributions of its community members, and the college’s role in and response to political, social, and economic issues and events of the time.

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Submissions from 2008

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Interview with Paul Aslanian, Professor of Economics and Chief Financial Officer, Paul Aslanian

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Interview with Paul Overvoorde, Professor of Biology, Paul Overvoorde

Submissions from 2007

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Interview with Fran and Art Bell, Class of 1939 and 1940, Fran Bell and Art Bell

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Interview with John B. Davis, President 1975-1984, John B. Davis

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Interview with Richard Dierenfield, Class of 1948 and Professor of Education, Richard Dierenfield

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Interview with Yvonne Dierenfield, Class of 1949, Yvonne Dierenfield

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Interview with William Donovan, Professor of Classics, William Donovan

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Interview with Ellis Dye, DeWitt Wallace Professor of German, Ellis Dye

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Interview with Karl Egge, F.R. Bigelow Professor of Economics, Karl Egge

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Interview with Sears Eldredge, Professor of Theatre, Sears Eldredge

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Interview with Paul Fischer, Professor of Chemistry, Paul Fischer

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Interview with Jerry Fisher, Class of 1959, Professor of History, and Professor Media Studies, Interview #1, Jerry Fisher

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Interview with Jerry Fisher, Class of 1959, Professor of History, and Professor Media Studies, Interview #2, Jerry Fisher

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Interview with Bob Gavin, President 1984-1996, Bob Gavin

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Interview with Harley Henry, Professor of English, Harley Henry

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Interview with Eddie Hill, O.T. Walter Professor of Biology, Eddie Hill

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Interview with David Hopper, James Wallace Professor of Religious Studies, David Hopper

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Interview with Howard Huelster, Class of 1949 and Professor of English, Howard Huelster

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Interview with David Lanegran, Class of 1963 and John S. Holl Professor of Geography, David Lanegran

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Interview with David McCurdy, Professor of Anthropology, David McCurdy

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Interview with Ian Morton, Class of 1937 and Professor of Music, Ian Morton

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Interview with Bill Moseley, Professor of Geography, William G. Moseley

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Interview with Stewart Nelson, Class of 1943, Stewart Nelson

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Interview with Michael Obsatz, Professor of Education and Sociology, Michael Obsatz

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Interview with Jean Oliver, Class of 1946, Jean Oliver

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Interview with Hélène Peters, Professor of French, Hélène Peters

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Interview with Jean Probst, Class of 1949 and Instructor in Mathematics, Jean Probst

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Interview with David Ranheim, Class of 1964 and Trustee, David Ranheim

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Interview with Rabbi Bernie Raskas, Professor of Religious Studies, Bernie Raskas

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Interview with Jeremiah Reedy, Professor of Classics, Jeremiah Reedy

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Interview with Jack Rossmann, Professor of Psychology, Jack Rossmann

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Interview with Virginia Schubert, Professor of French, Virginia Schubert

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Interview with John Schue, Class of 1953 and Professor of Mathematics, John Schue

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Interview with Sherman Schultz, Professor of Astronomy, Sherman Schultz

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Interview with A. Truman Schwartz, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry, A. Truman Schwartz

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Interview with Dianna Shandy, Professor of Anthropology, Dianna Shandy

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Interview with Emil Slowinski, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry, Emil Slowinski

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Interview with Paul Solon, Professor of History, Paul Solon

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Interview with Jim Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History and Provost, Jim Stewart

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Interview with Gerald Weiss, Professor of Psychology, Gerald Weiss

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Interview with Patti Young, Class of 1965, Patti Young