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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of History.
Title: Dept. of History. Oral History Project records
Date:1998–1999
Reference Code:A104
Location Code:22/4
Extent:.15 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection consists of five oral history interviews conducted by Northeastern University students as part of their coursework for HST 4263 Oral History offered in 1998 and 1999. Students recorded their oral history interviews on audio cassette tapes, outlined their interviews, and transcribed them. Each interview includes the original audio cassette, the legal release signed by the narrator and interviewer, and the outline or transcript. Topics covered include personal histories, familial relationships, and career goals and choices. Two narrators discuss their experiences within their chosen careers as a founder of a data processing company and a park guide, respectively. One narrator discusses her life as a resident in “Little Canada,” a section of Lowell, Massachusetts. Another narrator talks about his military service in Vietnam, including enlistment, basic training, combat experiences, injury, death, readjusting to civilian life, combat conditions, and chemical warfare. This transcript also includes reproductions of photographs.
Historical Abstract:

In the spring of 1998 and the spring of 1999, students in HST 4263, an oral history class offered by Northeastern University's University College, completed oral history projects as part of the course curriculum. Taught by Susan Keats, the course introduced students to oral history techniques such as planning, interviewing, auditing, editing, and transcribing. In 2003, University College stopped offering HST 4263. Oral history is now covered as a topic in Public History.

Susan Keats received a master's degree in history from Northeastern University in 1980. She taught history in the University College from 1991 to 2003. Keats also served as vice president of corporate records management for Fidelity Investments in Boston beginning in 1998.

Language and Scripts:Materials are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:The collection is arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Gagnon, Dan
  • Gallahue, Michael
  • Marcotte, Doris T.
  • Mosquera, Lisa
  • Shaughnessy, Paul
  • Devlin, Joanne
  • Marcotte, Thomas J.
  • Oyler, Rob

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of History
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Oral History Courses
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). -- Students

  • Massachusetts -- History, Local
  • Hispanic American women -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge
  • Oral history
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Veterans

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years after their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The collection was received in January 2000 with other materials maintained by Barbara Burke.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Marietta Carr, March 2008