Suffolk University Oral History Project, 1961, 1991-

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Suffolk University Oral History Project, 1961, 1991-

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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 institution 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 more information about the project.

Collection Items

Oral History Interview with Han Young Oh (SOH-030, audio recording and transcript)
Han Young Oh, a Korean-American student at Suffolk University, discusses his multicultural background and his experiences from Korea. He later compares his past to his present as he discusses the pros and cons of America. Oh expresses opinions about…

Oral History Interview with Richard Pizzano (SOH-032, audio recording and transcript)
In this interview Professor Richard Pizzano, an alumnus of both Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School, discusses his experiences as a student and his career as a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School. He explains his views…

Oral History Interview with Fred Marchant (SOH-048 audio recording and transcript)
Fred Marchant, a professor emeritus in Suffolk University’s English Department and founder of the Poetry Center and Creative Writing Program, discusses his poetry, teaching, and continued involvement with the university post-retirement. He describes…

Oral History Interview with James Nelson (SOH-047 audio recording and transcript)
James “Jim” Nelson, the former Athletic Director at Suffolk University, discusses his forty-seven years at the university. Coach Nelson describes his early life, including his time attending, and playing, basketball at Boston College with basketball…

Oral History Interview with John Berg (SOH-046 transcript)
John Berg, a Suffolk University professor emeritus of government and environmental studies, discusses his early career and activism, his teaching and research, his time as government department chair, and the development of Suffolk’s environmental…

Oral History Interview with Margaret Collins Weitz (SOH-045 audio recording and transcript)
Margaret Collins Weitz, professor emerita and former chair of Suffolk University’s Humanities and Modern Languages Department, discusses her non-traditional path into academia, her research, and her career at Suffolk. She begins with a description of…

Oral History Interview with Nancy Stoll (SOH-044 audio recording and transcript)
Nancy Stoll, dean of students emerita at Suffolk University from 1987 to 2016, discusses her early career, coming to Suffolk, and the evolution of the university’s student affairs division over 29 years. She describes key developments related to…

Oral History Interview with Martha Richmond (SOH-043 audio recording and transcript)
Martha Richmond, a former Suffolk University professor of biochemistry and director of the environmental studies program, discusses her education, teaching career, and her experience as a woman in the field of science. Richmond describes the changes…

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…

Kenneth Greenberg, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University, discusses his career at Suffolk, which began in 1978 as an assistant professor in the history department and eventually led to his appointment as dean in 2004. He…

In this interview, Michael L. Linquata, a 1950 graduate of Suffolk University, reflects upon his experiences during World War II as well as his experiences as a student and trustee of Suffolk University. In the first part of the interview, Mr.…
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