Interviews

Search more than 1,000 interviews in more than a dozen oral history collections. Search by collection name or interviewee name.

Take me back to the Oral History landing page.


Joan Talley - Korean War

The Korean War and its effect on family members.

Paul Tarr - Cold War Era

Service in the Cold War Army in Germany from 1954-1956

James C. Taylor - IHSA

A radio sports announcer gives insights into his sports recording career.

Neil Taylor - War On Terror

A Tactical Air Controller who served in Afghanistan in 2010

Ed Teefey - General Interest-Sports

Mt. Sterling banker talks farm loans and harness racing.

Ed Teefey - Modern Era

Mt. Sterling banker talks farm loans and harness racing

Dr. Wayne Temple - Historians Speak

Distinguished Lincoln scholar discusses a lifetime of Lincoln research.

Julie Theisz - Tumultuous 2020

School social worker details impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce Thiemann - Vietnam War

Vietnam veteran who served as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief

Evelyn Brandt Thomas - Family Memories

Office manager and part owner of Brandt Consolidated talks about the family business.

Peter Thomas - Alternatives in Education

The Lincoln Challenge Academy.

Randal E. Thomas - Vietnam War

Special Forces lieutenant who served in Vietnam in 1968-69

James Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991

Jim Thompson - Obama in Illinois

Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991

Samantha Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Life as the First Daughter of Illinois

Steven Thompson - Community College Project

Archivist at Rock Valley College reviews the college.

Ernest Thorp - World War II

A B-17 co-pilot and Germany POW in the European theater during WWII

Vice Admiral Ron Thunman - Cold War Era

A life-long submariner who retired as a Vice Admiral

John and Ida Thurman - Modern Era

Discussion of small acreage farming and subsistence farming.

Gary Tipsord - Public School Funding

Superintendent of rural school district discusses impact of new Illinois funding model.

 Title-IX - Girls Basketball

Panelists discuss the impact of 1972's Title IX legislation on their lives

Ray Torry - Girls Basketball

Former principal and superintendent of Washington High School in Washington, Illinois.

Tim Townsend - Historians Speak

Lincoln home historians discusses history of the Historic Site.

Michael Trout - Tumultuous 2020

Executive director of YMEN discusses impact of pandemic on nonprofits

Mary Truitt - Looking for Lincoln

Member of the Looking for Lincoln steering committee and council member for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Steve Tucker - IHSA

Career Sun-Times sports reporter who covered Illinois high school sports.

Joe Turek - Educational Reform Act 1985

State Board of Education employee discusses the implementation of the Educational Reform Act of 1985.

Dr. David Turner - Educational Reform Act 1985

High School principal and Executive Director of the IL Principals Association.

Dr. David Turner - IHSA

Porta High School Principal IHSA board member discusses sports in Illinois.

Steven Turner - Gulf War

Marine Corps communication/intel NCO with service during Gulf War and Somalia

Bernard Turnock - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Public health director for Chicago and under Gov. Jim Thompson in 1980s

Carol Tyler - Vietnam War

A wife's perspective on a Marine Corps aviators career

Robert Tyler - Vietnam War

Vietnam War era Marine Corps naval aviator who made a career of the military

Robert Tyler - Gulf War

Career Marine Corps aviator serving in Marine HQs during the Gulf War

Robert Underbrink - World War II

Tanker who served in Germany at the end of WW II

Dr. James Underwood - Community College Project

Career educator discusses his experiences with Community colleges in three states.

Gary Urwiler - Alternatives in Education

Executive Director of Mooseheart City and School discusses it institution's unique mission.

Paul Vallas - General Interest-Education is Key

Leader of successful school reform administrations in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans

Ellis Vanderpool - Modern Era

From farm implement dealer to orchardist to bee keeper.

Edward VanDrunen - Modern Era

Owner of herb farms and a processing plant.

John VanPelt - School District Reorganization

Career educator discusses school reorganization in Iowa & Illinois.

Thomas Varns - World War II

A medic with Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during WW II

Virginia Vasen - Community College Project

History of Spoon River College as told by a long-time staff member.

Sandra Vasko - Vietnam War

Vietnam War era wife discusses her husband's PTSD

Janet Vass - School District Reorganization

Reorganization of Illinois West.

David Vaught - Cold War Era

Vaught's experiences as a West Point cadet and controversy over mandatory chapel

David Vaught - Governor Dan Walker Project

Dave Vaught's work on Dan Walker's 1972 gubernatorial campaign

David Vaught - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Gov. Pat Quinn's budget director and life-long friend

Kathleen Villano - Educational Reform Act 1985

Discussion on early childhood education following 1985 Reform Act.

Sean Vinck - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Chief Information Officer and legislative counsel for Gov. Pat Quinn

Frederick Visel - Community College Project

History of Carl Sandburg College from 1971 to 2013.

Chris Voelz - Girls Basketball

Member of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Jack Waddle - Civics Education

A high school social studies teacher at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois discusses civics education..

Toni Waggoner - Public School Funding

Illinois public school funding from 1979 to 2010.

Dr. Richard Wagner - Higher Education

Career of long-serving head of IL Board of Higher Education.

Dr. Richard "Dick" Wagner - Community College Project

Former IL Bd of Higher Education Executive Director on state's Community Colleges.

Robert Wahlfeldt - World War II

Engineer who served on the U.S.S. Waldron in the Pacific Theater

William 'Bill' Waldmire - Rochester

Retired state photographer talks about family history, his brother Bob and Route 66

Dan Walker - Governor Dan Walker Project

Maverick Democrat who served as IL Governor from 1973 to 1977

Francis Walle - World War II

Artillery lieutenant who saw action in northern Europe at the end of the war

Joseph 'Jay; Walsh - Tumultuous 2020

VP for Economic Innovation and Development discusses U of IL COVID-19 testing

Genevra Walters - Alternatives in Education

Superintendent of Kankakee School District #111, discusses the implementation of the Competency Based Learning Model.

Joan Walters - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Jim Edgar's Budget Director, and Chief of Staff during his tenure as Secretary of State

Norman Walzer - School District Reorganization

Government affairs scholar discusses the challenges faced by rural school districts.

Bobbie Wanzo - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter and retired administrator for the state of Illinois

Linden 'Lin' Warfel - Community College Project

History at Parkland College from 1991-2013 through the eyes of a trustee.

Ron Warfield - Public School Funding

Main coordinator for the CHIEF proposal discusses education funding.

Holly Warlick - Girls Basketball

Associate women’s head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

Carmelita Hogan Washington - Springfield African-American History Foundation

University human resources professional, sorority volunteer

J.D. Washington - Springfield African-American History Foundation

First African-American principal in Springfield Public Schools

Frank Watson - Obama in Illinois

Illinois Senate Minority Leader (Republican) from 2003-2008

Frank Watson - Legislators Project

Illinois Senate Minority Leader (Republican) from 2003-2008

Gary and Mike Watson - Baseball

Twin brothers have divided loyalties - one to the Cubs, the other to the Cardinals.

Robert Watson - Community College Project

College trustee discusses the history of Lewis and Clark Community College.

Scott Watson - School District Reorganization

Superintendent of the Bismarck-Henning and Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School.

Harold Weaver - Rochester

World War II Army veteran and retired factory/state employee from Rochester

Dan Webb - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Memories of Thompson as U.S. Attorney and of 1982 election

Joyce Webb - ERA Fight in Illinois

One of founders of Carbondale Women's Center & supporter of ERA Amendment

Linda Weber - World War II

Employee at a drafting department that produced war planes during World War II

Clemmie Webster - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and retired educator from Springfield

Heather Oxley, Tisa Poe, Tom Tait, and Patrick Weeks - IHPA legacy

Four BRC Imagination Arts employees discuss their work on the ALP Museum exhibits

JoAnn Wehrle - Vietnam War

Wife of Roy Wehrle who accompanied him to Laos and Vietnam while he worked for the State Department

Roy Wehrle - Vietnam War

State Department official assigned to Laos and Vietnam from 1959 through 1968

Robert Weichert - IHPA legacy

IHPA Division Manager of Administrative Services

Karl Weingartner - Modern Era

In-depth discussion of processing soybeans for consumption and industrial use.

Adela Weinstein - Educational Reform Act 1985

Bilingual education in Illinois since the 1985 Educational Reform Act.

Kaitlin Weitekamp - Modern Era

A city girl parlays a turf business into State FFA Presidency.

Samuel Weldon - World War II

U.S. Marine who fought at Iwo Jima in the 4th Marine Division

Charlotte West - Girls Basketball

Pioneer for women's sports (AIAW and NCAA) and basketball coach at Southern Illinois U.

Dr. Lyndon Wharton - Educational Reform Act 1985

1985 Educational Reform Act from the perspective of the IL Department of Education.

Sandy Wheeler - Family Memories

Executive Director of the State Farm Golf Classic for 27 years

Sandy Wheeler - World War II

Child of a U.S. Army soldier during World War II

Sandy Wheeler - General Interest-Sports

Executive Director of the State Farm Golf Classic for 27 years

Dr. Ben Whisenhunt - Community College Project

History professors discusses the history of the College of DuPage.

Charles Whitaker - Civics Education

Dean of Northwestern U.'s Medill School of Journalism discusses challenges for modern journalists

Ronald Whitaker - Community College Project

Early years of Joliet Junior College.

Duane White - School District Reorganization

A parent who opposed the school consolidation of several schools.



Social Links