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Projects of Interest

Witnesses to Nuremberg

Photo: The defendants at the International Military Tribunal Trial, from the Thomas J. Dodd papers, Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries

Individuals who participated in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, 1945 -1949, discuss their experience and reflect on the meaning of Nuremberg justice. Those interviewed include attorneys, interrogators, interpreters, prison guards, the architect who renovated the courtroom, and journalists. Eleven of these interviews were published in edited form in Witnesses to Nuremberg: American Participants at the War Crimes Trials (Twayne Oral History Series). Project Directors: Bruce M. Stave and Michele Palmer.


Voices of World War II

A student generated project which features oral history interviews with members of the WWII generation, veterans, women who served in the armed forces and on the homefront. Most were children during the war, Holocaust Survivors, etc. See link. http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~wwwcoh/

The Peoples of Connecticut.

Members of the state's major European ethnic groups--in particular the Irish, Italians, Jews and Poles- share their experiences of ethnicity in the context of American social, political, economic and cultural life, as part of the Peoples of Connecticut Ethnic Heritage Project, William V. D'Antonio, General Director. Oral History Project Director: Bruce M. Stave. (Excerpts from some of these interviews are included in Bruce M. Stave and John Sutherland, From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America (Twayne Oral History Series, 1994, Paperback, University Press of New England, 1999).

Connecticut Workers and a Half Century of Technological Change, 1930-1980.

Approximately one hundred and fifty workers of all ages talk about the impact of technological change on their relationship to the workplace, their union, and their employer, and about job satisfaction, productivity, and occupational mobility. Available for distribution on microfiche from Chadwyck-Healey Inc. Project Directors: Robert Asher and Bruce M. Stave.

The Political Activities of Fully Enfranchised Connecticut Women.

These interviews with women who were political activists in the period after suffrage were the basis for a series of public radio broadcasts and an article in the 1983 Oral History Review. This project was undertaken in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Women's Studies Program, Irene Q. Brown, Director. Project Historians: Carole Nichols and Joyce Pendery.

Holocaust Survivors in the Connecticut Region.

A Study of Holocaust survivors, undertaken in cooperation with the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, Arnold M. Dashefsky, Director, which adds to the increasingly extensive documentation of this 20th-century tragedy. Project Director: Dana Kline.


Women's Words/Women's Quilts.

Ten Connecticut women discuss the role of quilting in their lives and the connections they have made, through quilting, to others and themselves. Project Director: Michele Palmer.


Publications Originated by or in Conjunction with the Oral History Office

Asher, Robert. Connecticut Workers and Technological Change, 1983.

Kline, Dana L. "The Holocaust: Survivors Remember", 1983.

Palmer, Michele, ed. Catalogue of Interviews: Connecticut Workers and a Half a Century of Technological Change, 1930-1980, Oral History Project, 1983.

Stave, Bruce M. and Michele Palmer, with Leslie Frank. Witnesses to Nuremberg: American Participants at the War Crimes Trials. (Twayne Oral History Series, 1998)

Stave, Bruce M. and Michele Palmer. Mills and Meadows: A Pictorial History of Northeast Connecticut, 1991.

Stave, Bruce M. and John F. Sutherland, with Aldo Salerno. From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America. (Twayne Oral History Series, 1994; Paperback, University Press of New England, 1999).

Stave, Bruce M. and John F. Sutherland. Talking About Connecticut: Oral History in the Nutmeg State, 1985, rev. 1990. (Sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council)

Stave, Bruce M. with Laura Burmeister, Michael Neagle, Leslie Horner Papandrea, and Sondra Astor Stave. Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006 (University Press of New England, 2006) .

See Further Documentation of our Projects at the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

University of Connecticut         Special Collections at the Dodd Center Oral History Office
Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Avenue Ext, U-1132

Tel: (860)486-5245