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Eisenmann, Linda : University of Massachusetts Boston Oral History Project, Tapes and Transcripts, 1998


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These tapes and transcripts were donated to the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston Library by Professor Linda Eisenmann in the fall of 1998. The audio tapes were digitized in September of 2009.


In the fall semester of 1998, 13 students in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, under the direction of Professor Linda Eisenmann, completed a series or oral history interviews with founding faculty members at UMass Boston.

Faculty members were identified and invited to participate by Dr. Paul Gagnon, former dean and professor at UMass Boston, and Mr. Don Costello, the first admissions director of UMass Boston. Students in the Higher Education History course made arrangements directly with the faculty and conducted the interviews. Interviewees were informed that the oral histories would be used first in class, but would later become part of the permanent archives of the institution.

Students followed a defined protocol in conducting the interviews; therefore, questions and topics are consistent across the interviews. Original tape recordings of the interviews are available, as well as transcripts created by the student interviewers and by Ms. Jeanne Selissen, a Master’s student in the UMass Boston Graduate College of Education.

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into four series: I. Project history and index to interviews, II. Interview transcripts, III. Interviewer/student reflection papers about the interviews, IV. Recordings of interviews. Oral history consent forms are filed with the department.


I.                   Project History and Index, Fall 1998 (1 folder) 

II.                   Interview Transcripts, Fall 1998; (and CD of digitized interviews, 9/2009).

f.1           Dr. Paul Bookbinder

f.2           Dr. Thomas Brown

f.3           Dr. George Goodwin

f.4           Dr. Duncan Nelson

f.5           Dr. Shaun O’Connell

f.6           Dr. Richard Robbins

f.7           Dr. Fuad Safwat

f.8           Dr. Maxwell Scheifer

f.9           Dr. Nicholas Tawa

f.10         Dr. Adorna Walia

f.11         Dr. Walter Weibrect

f.12         Dr. Leverett Zompa

(No transcript for Paul Gagnon - digital recording available)                                                                                                                                               

III.                 Interviewer/student Reflection Papers, Fall 1998 (1 folder)             

IV.                Recordings, Fall 1998  (multiple formats: 10 microcassettes, 4 standard cassettes, and 1 VHS)