Suffolk University Oral History Project, 1961, 1991-2009

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Suffolk University Oral History Project, 1961, 1991-2009

Description

The Suffolk University Oral History Project is a collection of interviews of University faculty, staff and alumni that provide a more personal look at the history of the University and the individuals who have helped shape Suffolk into the University it is today. Interviewees include University founder Gleason Leonard Archer, long-time staff and faculty members--such as Dottie "Mac" McNamara and Patricia "Pat" Brown-- alumni, and faculty panel discussions. Please consult our Oral History page for a full listing of interviews: http://www.suffolk.edu/explore/26499.php

Collection Items

Oral History Interview with John Griffin (SOH-017 audio recording and transcript)
John Griffin, a former Suffolk University faculty member and trustee, discusses his role in the establishment of the university’s undergraduate programs in the 1930s, including the creation of the business school and the school of journalism. Griffin…

Oral History Interview with Kenneth Williams (SOH-010, audio recording and transcript)
Kenneth Williams, an alumnus of Suffolk University Law School’s class of 1927, discusses his career at Suffolk including his working relationship with Hiram and Gleason Archer during the earliest years of the school. He reflects on his experiences…

Oral History Interview with Robert J. Allison (SOH-029, audio recording and transcript)
Dr. Robert J. Allison, a Professor of History at Suffolk University, reflects on his personal and professional accomplishments, as well as his teaching methods and relationships with past and present students, faculty, and administration. Professor…

Oral History Interview with Beatrice Snow (SOH-027, audio recording and transcript)
Beatrice Snow, a former professor and chairperson in Suffolk University’s biology department discusses her early life, educational background, and her teaching career at Suffolk. She describes Suffolk’s evolution over the past four decades including…

Oral history interview with Jack McCarthy (SOH-040, transcript)
In this interview, John J. “Jack” McCarthy, a 1949 graduate of Suffolk University reflects upon his experiences during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a naval quartermaster and his undergraduate days at Suffolk University as part of the first wave…

Oral history interview with John Costello (SOH-042, audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, John W. Costello, a 1956 graduate of Suffolk University Law School reflects upon his experiences attending Suffolk University Law School, his family’s long-standing connection to Suffolk, and his life post-graduation. Costello…

Oral history interview with Susan Clark Thayer (SOH-036, audio recording and transcript)
Susan Clark Thayer, Associate Dean Emeritus, discusses her career at Suffolk University as both director of the Ballotti Learning Center and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The interview covers her role in the creation of the…

Oral history interview with Francis X. Flannery (SOH-039, audio recording and transcript)
Francis X. Flannery reflects on his upbringing in Boston as well as his forty-seven year career at Suffolk, during which he served as vice president, treasurer, and trustee. He discusses the expansion and growth of the university, the need for and…

Oral history interview with Carolina Garcia (SOH-038, audio recording and transcript)
Carolina Garcia, the director of S.O.U.L.S. (Suffolk Organization for Uplifting Lives Through Service) Center for Community Engagement, discusses her involvement with service, service learning, and the development of her department at Suffolk…

Oral History Interview of Donald Goodrich (SOH-016, audio recording and transcript)
Donald Goodrich recalls his twenty-two year career at Suffolk University, which began in 1947 when he was hired as the university registrar; he was appointed dean of the colleges in 1956, then university vice president in 1966, before his retirement…

Oral History Interview of Catherine Caraher Finnegan (SOH-015, audio recording and transcript)
Catherine Caraher Finnegan discusses her twenty year career at Suffolk University, during which she served as stenographer, secretary to Dean Gleason Archer, secretary of the law school, and assistant treasurer. Finnegan describes her experiences…

Oral History Interview of Dorothy M. McNamara (OH-014, audio recording and transcript)
Dorothy M. McNamara reflects on her forty-seven year career at Suffolk University, during which she served as stenographer, law school recorder, bursar, and finally as alumni secretary until her retirement in 1974. McNamara discusses her experiences…

Oral History Interview of Edward Hartmann (SOH-013, audio recording and transcript)
Edward G. Hartmann, former director of libraries and professor of history, reflects on his thirty-year career at Suffolk University. The interview covers his experiences at Suffolk; his teaching career and methods; his thoughts on the university’s…

Oral history interview with Dorothy M. McNamara (SOH-009, audio recording and transcript, audio recording and transcript)
Dorothy M. McNamara reflects on her forty-seven year career at Suffolk University, during which she served as stenographer, law school recorder, bursar, and finally as alumni secretary until her retirement in 1974. McNamara discusses her experiences…

In this interview, conducted by his cousin, Ted Duncan, Suffolk University founder Gleason L. Archer (1880-1966) discusses the founding of the university and his other professional endeavors. The interview covers the founding of Suffolk Law School in…
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