Interviews with UMass Boston founding faculty: Now online

Founding faculty from UMass Boston, circa 1965. Included are Eisenmann Oral History Project interviewees: Thomas Brown (second row from the front, seventh from the left); Paul Gagnon (third row, on the far left); Don Costello (third row, fourth from the left); George Goodwin (fourth row, on the far left); and Shaun O’Connell (fourth row, third from the left). Click on the image to learn more.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the online availability of interview transcripts and audio files from the Linda Eisenmann UMass Boston Oral History Project.

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

Faculty members were identified and invited to participate by Paul Gagnon, former dean and professor at UMass Boston, and 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.

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University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials related to the university’s history, as well as materials that reflect the institution’s urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

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