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The Iowa Oral History Project consists of a series of interviews conducted from the early 1970s through 2002.



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Interview with Kathryn Love. Love recounts her memories of wartimes and coal mining in Iowa.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, world war one, world war two, coal mining
Interview covers facts about Hoyt Sherman of Des Moines, and the history of the building in Des Moines, Iowa that bears his name.
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Interview with John T. Beeston.
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Jay Tone, Jr. of Tone Bros. Spice company discusses the history of the business in Des Moines, IA. Recorded February 26, 1982. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, businesses
An interview with Ralph Scroggs, who shares his memories of the old Main (Central) Library building of the Des Moines Public Library, from 1920 to 1950. Recorded March 4, 1986.  
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, des moines public library
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An interview with Joseph Rosenfield about the history of Younkers department store, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Recorded August 8, 1989. 
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Eugene Mannheimer interviewed by Irma Mannheimer. Interview deals with reminiscences of Eugene Mannheimer, who served as a rabbi in Des Moines, Iowa form many years.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, eugene mannheimer, jews, rabbi
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An interview with Louis Hyman about the history of Hyman's Bookstore in Des Moines, IA. Recorded in 1990. 
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Babe Bisignano interviewed by Kirke Dorweiler and Victor Mickunas. Interview deals with reminiscences of the alcohol business in Des Moines through Prohibition to 1963.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, prohibition, babe bisignano
An interview with Mabel Dahlstrom Borg, former library board member and patron of the Des Moines Public Library. Recorded on August 26, 1986. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, des moines public library
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A series of interviews with Babe Bisignano, which served as the basis for his biography, Babe, An Iowa Legend . Recorded March 26, 1989.
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Interview with Reverend John B. Isom who participated in the Civil Rights Movement and the protests in Selma, AL. Recorded in 1982. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, civil rights movement, protests
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Interview deals with Mrs. Wijkman's (Ruth) reminiscences of her well-known family, which included grandfather Henry Wallace and Father Henry C. (Harry) Wallace.
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An interview with Stella Agnes Connolly, who shares her reaction to the events of September 11, 2001. Recorded on November 19, 2001. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, 9/11
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Interview with Mrs. Edna Throckmorton. Throckmorton, a prominent citizen of Des Moines, Iowa, discusses the days of Chautauqua and the Marian Anderson episode with DAR.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, chautauqua
Louis Williams and Julius Goldenson sdiscuss the life and career of Julia Bloom Mayer, who directed the Jewish Community Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for 20 years.
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by Washington Free Public Library/ Ben Stanton
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Married couple David and Mary Capper talk with each other. Creative Commons reuse should attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
Topics: oral history, Iowa
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Deals with reminiscences of Mrs. Daugherty, including impressions of Charles Lindbergh and of life in Washington D.C. during the years 1918-1936.
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Interview deals with reminiscences of important cases of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, iowa civil liberties union
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Judge Luther Thomas Glanton, Jr., the first black judge in Iowa, shares memories of his life and his time on the bench. Recorded May 3, 1989. 
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An interview with Des Moines Public Library board member Peter Sand, who shares his reaction to the events of September 11, 2001. Recorded as part of the Library of Congress September 11, 2001 Documentary Project, October 19, 2001. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, 9/11
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Interview deals with Mr. Boutin's reminiscences of the development of theater in Des Moines.
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Whittiner talks about his impressions of Des Moines, Iowa.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, architecture, parks, businesses
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Lester Bookey interviewed by Holly Hutchison & Jeff Will. Interview deals with reminiscences of the meat packing industry in Iowa during Mr. Bookey's lifetime.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, meat packing, meat industry
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Interview with Myron Blank on May 16, 1977, about the motion picture industry in Iowa.
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Interview deals with Stone's reminiscences of the Princess Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Mabel Robbins interviewed by John Gustafson and Carolyn McNurlen. Interview deals with reminiscences of public school teaching in Iowa from 1912-1961.
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Louis Noun shares her memories of life in Des Moines, IA. 
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An interview with Professor Rudolph Thill, who shares his memories of life in Germany before and during WWII. Recorded July 10, 1987. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, WWII, germany
Former library employees Jack Owens, Bruce Stillians, and John Thompson share their memories of working for the library in the old main building, c. 1940-50. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, des moines public library
Quist discusses the history of the Unitarian Church in Des Moines.
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An interview with Julian Brody, who recounts the history of his family business on Court Avenue in Des Moines, IA. Recorded September 15, 1987. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, family business
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An interview with Des Moines Fire Chief Ron Wakeham, who shares his reaction to the events of September 11, 2001. Recorded as part of the Library of Congress September 11, 2001 Documentary Project, November 15, 2001. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, 9/11
Lattner discusses the founding of Arbor Day by her grandfather and her family's involvement in tree planting.
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Interview with Ira Hockenberg. Hockenberg discusses his work over many years in the food service equipment business in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Interview deals with reminiscences of Webber's career as a book reviewer.
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Interviews with James Mitchell and James M. Morris.
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by Washington Free Public Library/ Ben Stanton
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Richard See talks with his father Max See. Creative Commons reuse should attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
Topics: oral history, Iowa
Interview deals with reminiscences of the banking industry during the depression.
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Brown, a prominent citizen of Des Moines, Iowa, describes the history of the Weitz family, who developed Weitz Construction Company.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, contractors, construction
Wagner discusses architecture in the Terrace Hill neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, architecture, terrace hill
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Interview with Otto Knauth. Knauth, a reporter for the Des Moines Register, discusses the discovery of the cold water cave discovered in northeast Iowa in 1967.
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Walter Phillips, born in log cabin in 1884, talks about early Iowa. Phillips recounts his memories of life in central Iowa and working for Equitable Insurance.
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Interview with Charles Anolik, survivor of Dachau concentration camp during World War II.   Recorded on April 24, 1981. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, WWII
Throckmorton discusses her family and many outside interests.
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An interview with Dorothy (Dewey) Shiffler and Helen (Dewey) Olson, who share their memories of their careers at the Des Moines Public Library, circa 1929 and after. Recorded in 1983. 
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Schweiker, an attorney, discusses his life and career in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Susan Bender Eddy interviewed by Frances Throckmartan. Interview with Mrs. Eddy's career in music Des Moines, Iowa.
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Interview with Kathryn Love. Love discusses the history of Chautauqua in Iowa from the viewpoint of the performers.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, chautauqua
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Love shares her memories of life in Iowa in 1915.
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An interview with Dr. Grace Doane, retired ENT specialist and resident of Des Moines, IA. Recorded on September 7, 1977. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, doctors, medical practice
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John Kessel talks with his mother Barbara Kessel. Terry Philips also joins the conversation. Creative Commons reuse should attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
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Interview deals with stocks and investments, as well as a discussion of Meyer's own experience and training in the field.
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Reminiscences of Kenneth L. Fulk, who served as Secretary Manager of the Iowa State Fair.
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Interview with Ernest D. Nielsen. Nielsen, President of Grandview, 1952-1972, discusses the history of Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Robert Helmick shares his memories of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. 
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An interview with Peggy Patrick about the Des Moines Art Center, the Meier Wing addition, and other developments. Recorded October 12, 1988.  
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Spry discusses his early life in Des Moines, Iowa.
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An interview with Roy Burnett, an actor and an Iowa native. Recorded February 21, 1993. 
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Interview deals with reminiscences of small town life in rural Iowa during the 1890's.
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Interview deals with reminiscences of Mrs. Parker's conservation efforts in Iowa.
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Interview with Phil Needham. Needham, a fireman from Sac City, discusses the history of his fire station.
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Interview with Martha Glayston, who immigrated to Des Moines from Vienna, Austria in 1938.
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William Wagner and John Brooks interviewed by Thomas McBride and Karen Gentleman. Two prominent Iowa architects discuss architecture in Iowa.
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Interview with Ed Chase. Chase discusses the history of Grand Avenue and some of its buildings.
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Love shares her memories of the Depression and its impact on her as a working girl in Iowa.
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Interview deals with Dr. Hills career in pediatric medicine.
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Margaret Marie talks with her friend Luiza Cosmo DaSilva. Attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
Topics: oral history, Iowa
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An interview with Des Moines Police Chief William Moulder, who shares his reaction to the events of September 11, 2001. Recorded as part of the Library of Congress September 11, 2001 Documentary Project, November 13, 2001. 
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Ferdinand Marie talks with his sister Margaret Marie. Attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
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An interview with Mildred K. Allen, a library employee from 1945 to 1968, who shares her memories of the old building and employment at the Des Moines Public Library. Recorded in 1985. 
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, des moines public library
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An interview with Bonnie Percival, owner of Percival Gallery in Des Moines, IA. Recorded June 22, 1988. 
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Cunningham discusses teh historic trial of Hideki Tojo and his 27 Japanese associates who were leaders in Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.
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First cousins Fred Stark and Peter Weller talk with each other. Creative Commons reuse should attribute credit this way: This is part of the "Your Story Project," which is a production of the Washington (Iowa) Free Public Library and Volunteer Producer Ben Stanton.
Topics: oral history, Iowa
Ashby, a citizen of Des moines, Iowa, talks about the early history of business in the city.
Topics: iowa oral history project, oral history, des moines, iowa, real estate, businesses