Dean Albertson Oral History Collection

A long-time faculty member at UMass Amherst, Dean Albertson was an historian of the twentieth century United States with a specialty in oral history. A veteran of the Second World War, Albertson received his BA from University of California Berkeley (1942) and doctorate from Columbia (1955), joining the Department of History at UMass in 1965 after several years at Brooklyn College. The author of books on Dwight Eisenhower, Claude Wickard (Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of Agriculture), and the student movements of the 1960s, Albertson was interested throughout his career in new methods in research and teaching history. He died at his home in Longmeadow, Mass., on March 31, 1989, at the age of 68.

Dean Albertson's History 384 class at UMass Amherst, required students to conduct oral histories relating to a theme in contemporary U.S. history chosen each year. Between 1975 and 1977, Albertson's students interviewed social activists of the 1960s and early 1970s, participants and observers in the North End riots of 1975 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and war and nuclear power resisters. The collection includes transcripts of 15 interviews conducted during this period, as well as the students' papers, which put the transcripts into context.

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Background on Dean Albertson

A long-time faculty member at UMass Amherst, Dean Albertson was an historian of the twentieth century United States with a specialty in oral history. A veteran of the Second World War, Albertson received his BA from University of California Berkeley (1942) and doctorate from Columbia (1955), joining the Department of History at UMass in 1965 after several years at Brooklyn College. The author of books on Dwight Eisenhower, Claude Wickard (Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of Agriculture), and the student movements of the 1960s, Albertson was interested throughout his career in new methods in research and teaching history. He died at his home in Longmeadow, Mass., on March 31, 1989, at the age of 68.

Contents of Collection

Dean Albertson's History 384 class at UMass Amherst, required students to conduct oral histories relating to a theme in contemporary U.S. history chosen each year. Between 1975 and 1977, Albertson's students interviewed social activists of the 1960s and early 1970s, participants and observers in the North End riots of 1975 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and war and nuclear power resisters. The collection includes transcripts of 15 interviews conducted during this period, as well as the students' papers, which put the transcripts into context.

Collection inventory
Person Interviewed Interviewer/Author Resulting paper and/or topic
Albertson, Dean Robert Rossi The Springfield Community and the death of Rafael Lecodet.
Barreto, Jose Edward Hannabury The Springfield North End Community and the riots of1975.
Brid, Frederico Donald Pratt The North End Community and the Springfield Riots of August, 1975
Dorman, Franklin A. Julie Melrose In search of "The Enemy": The Westover Air Force Base Demonstrations, Spring 1972.
Fauntleroy, Douglas Steven Landau From Selma to Montgomery, March,1965 (civil rights movement march)
Freedman, Peggy Jeff Cohen The beginning of the Hampden county Civil Liberties Union, 1946-55
Gonzalaz, Mariano Dalou Michael Ryan Attica (prison revolt)
Lawton, Richard Bill Henning Accounts of the Tragedy of the Vietnam War
Lovejoy, Sam Kent Robinson The Saboteur (toppling the Northeast Utilities meteorological tower used to plan for nuclear power station in Montague, MA), 1974
Rivera, Barbara Laurence E. Munn A Whole Combined Thing (Vietnam Peace Action Day Moratorium and Welfare Rights Organization Protest in Springfield, 1969)
Roy, Sue Mitchell Guild The North End Riots as seen by the Springfield Press
Rudolph, Leslie Kevin Homewood The Progressive Americans (Third Cuban Brigade, 1970)
Sousa, Gerald Donald Parker Prison Reform in the Massachusetts Prison System: A Sociological Gimmick (restrictions)
------ Stephen Romano Weatherman: Bringing the War Home
Weissman, Jon James Gagne Springfield Area Movement for a Democratic Society: A Brief History
Whitney, Ron Laurence E. Munn A whole Combined Thing (Vietnam Peace Action Day Moratorium and Welfare Rights Organization Protest in Springfield 1969)

Administrative information

Access

Restrictions apply to Gerald Sousa interview as stipulated in his permission form.

Language:

English

Provenance

Acquired from: Dean Albertson, 1975-1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 2003.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Dean Albertson Oral History Collection (MS 224). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Antinuclear movement--Massachusetts
  • Civil rights--Massachusetts--Hampden County
  • Demonstrations--Massachusetts--Chicopee
  • History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst
  • Oral history
  • Police shootings--Massachusetts--Springfield
  • Political activists--Massachusetts--Interviews
  • Prison riots--New York (State)--Attica
  • Puerto Ricans--Massachusetts--Springfield
  • Riots--Massachusetts--Springfield
  • Selma-Montgomery Rights March, 1965
  • Springfield (Mass.)--History
  • Springfield (Mass.)--Race relations
  • Springfield (Mass.)--Social conditions
  • Venceremos Brigade
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements --Massachusetts--Springfield
  • Welfare rights movement--Massachusetts--Springfield
  • Westover Air Force Base (Mass.)

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Names

  • Attica Correctional Facility
  • Hampden County Civil Liberties Union--History
  • Lecodet, Rafael
  • Springfield Area Movement for a Democratic Society--History
  • Weatherman (Organization)

Genre terms

  • Oral histories