As part of the KU 150 sesquicentennial celebration, KU Libraries and the University Archives are proud to present "In Their Own Words: Selected Interviews from the Endacott Society Oral History Collection." These interviews are a retrospective of the lives and careers of University of Kansas faculty and staff.

These audio recordings and transcripts were created by the Endacott Society, a program of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, whose members are retired KU faculty, staff and spouses. Since the 1980s, members have volunteered their time to conduct oral history interviews with University retirees. This selection provides a taste of what is available in the collection of more than 500 interviews housed in the University Archives in Spencer Research Library.

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Samuel L. Adams, professor of journalism at the University of Kansas from 1973-1999, describes his childhood in a highly segregated southern Georgia town and touches on the Clutch Plague's effects on his family. He recounts his participation in the…

Date: 2000-03-08

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James Akagi, professor of microbiology at the University of Kansas from 1958-1995, touches on his life as the son of Japanese immigrants in Seattle in the 1930s and his family's internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho during World War II. After the war…

Date: 1995-09-25

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Cora Downs, professor of bacteriology at the University of Kansas from 1917-1963, discusses choosing KU for her undergraduate degree, describing what the university was like in the early 1900s. She discusses her work with biological warfare and her…

Date: 1984-09-01

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Carroll Edwards, professor of English at the University of Kansas from 1947-1980, describes his childhood on a homestead in southeastern Colorado before his family moved to Winfield, KS. He discusses his interest in poetry at a young age, the effects…

Date: 1991-05-15

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Judith LeBlanc, professor of Applied Behavior Science and Special Education at the University of Kansas from 1969-1997, discusses her childhood in Beaumont, Texas, including her participation in the Girl Scouts during World War II. She describes her…

Date: 1998-05-26

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Renate Mai-Dalton--Endacott Society Interview thumbnail
Renate Mai-Dalton was hired as Assistant Professor in the University of Kansas School of Business in 1979 and taught until her retirement in 2010. During the interview she describes growing up in post-WWII Berlin as well as the educational system in…

Date: 2011-11-29

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Jadwiga Maurer, professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas from 1970-2001, describes her childhood as part of a Jewish family in central Poland during the 1930s. She discusses how her whole family survived the Holocaust…

Date: 2001-11-29

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Kermit Phelps, professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas from 1955-1970, discusses growing up in Illinois in the early 1920s and describes life at KU in the 1930s for a student who was African American. He discusses the effects of the Great…

Date: 1988-06-13

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Cynthia Schira, professor of Design at the University of Kansas from 1976-1999, received her MFA at the University of Kansas in 1967. After joining KU’s faculty in 1976 she was instrumental in building a textile design program known throughout the…

Date: 1999-09-21

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Raymond Stuhl, professor of music at the University of Kansas from 1935-1977, began practicing the cello at age 10 in Kansas City, MO. He went to a private, prestigious music school in Europe to learn more about his art before returning to America to…

Date: 1985-11-27

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Deanell Tacha--Endacott Society Interview thumbnail
Deanell Reece Tacha acquired her B.A. at the University of Kansas in 1968 and taught in the Law School from 1974-1985. Tacha recalls growing up in Scandia, Kansas, and attending KU in the mid-1960s. She acquired her law degree from Michigan and…

Date: 2000-08-18

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Charles Stansifer, professor of History at the University of Kansas from 1963-2004, discusses how a job working for the Santa Fe Railroad influenced him to take Spanish courses in college and conducting research for his Ph.D. He describes how he…

Date: 2005-10-13

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