CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM MAKING HISTORY AWARD ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Since 1995, Prof. Timothy Gilfoyle has conducted oral history interviews with most of the recipients of the Making History Awards, given annually by the Chicago History Museum (CHM) to Chicagoans whose enduring contributions to the city and metropolitan region made them figures of historic importance. The interviews were conducted with audiotape or an audio recorder and have been transcribed. The transcriptions, however, have never been formally processed by CHM and made available to researchers or the public.
Student internships for Summer and Fall 2015 are available for Loyola History majors interested in processing the interviews, creating an index and finding aid for future researchers, receiving training in working with oral history materials, improving their writing skills, and learning about Chicago and American history. Interns will work with Prof. Gilfoyle to select interviews that fit with their personal interests.
Students will be responsible for the following tasks:
Proofreading the transcripts (generally between 25 and 50 typewitten, single-space pages) to check for misspellings or errors.
Insuring that the format for each transcription is consistent.
Developing a typewritten index of proper names and relevant subjects in accordance with the CHM Indexing and Formatting Guidelines which will be provided to each student participant.
Writing a one-page summary of the individual’s career and topics discussed in the oral history interview.
Students are expected to work approximately five hours on each transcript (2 minutes per page or one hour for a 30 page transcript, one hour for correcting errors, one hour to type the index, one hour to write the one-page summary, and one hour for revisions). This will vary in accordance with the length of the transcript.
Students are expected to process 10 to 14 transcripts during the semester.
Meeting with Prof. Gilfoyle on a regular basis to discuss the work and any difficulties with the transcription, and to reflect on the contributions of the subjects of these interviews to history.
Students will be evaluated and graded according to the quality of the final summary and index they write for each interview transcription.
The final index and summary will be signed by the student and included as part of the official CHM depository record.
Students interested in the internship should contact Prof. Gilfoyle at email@example.com with a one-page explanation on why they wish to participate, what qualifications (if any) they have, and the individual interviews they would ideally like to process (see the list below). Please include the names of two references with email addresses.
ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS IN NEED OF PROCESSING Robert W. Galvin, former CEO of Motorola, Inc., 24 Oct. 1995.
Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist and former Director of Fermi National Laboratory, Batavia, Ill., 25 Oct. 1995.
Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, 28 Nov. 1995.
Studs Terkel, Pulitzer-prize winning author and radio personality, 19 Dec. 1995.
William B. Graham, former CEO of Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Deerfield, Ill., 11 March 1997.
Ernie Banks, former Chicago Cub baseball player and Hall-of-Fame member, 13 Sept. 1997.
Mary Ward Wolkonsky, civic activist, 4 November 1997.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist and author, 8 November 1997.
John Swearingen, former President and CEO of Standard Oil of Indiana (Amoco), 25 November
Patrick G. Ryan, president and CEO, AON Corp., 30 April 1998.
Sid Luckman, former Chicago Bear and Hall-of-Fame football player, 13 May 1998.
William Cronon, historian and author, 14 May 1998.
Abner J. Mikva, former Congressman, federal appeals court judge and general counsel to the
U.S. president, 7 July 1998.
Newton Minow, attorney and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 1961-
1964, 29 April 1999.
John Bryan, CEO, Sara Lee Corp., 5 May 1999.
Bruce Graham, architect and former partner in Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 5 May 1999.
Lester Crown, philanthropist and financier, 12 May 2000.
Garry Wills, Pulitzer-prize winning writer and syndicated columnist, 24 May 2000.
Irving B. Harris, businessman and philanthropist, 4 May 2001.
John H. Nichols, CEO, Illinois Tool Works and the Marmon Group, 7 May 2001.
Capt. James A. Lovell, astronaut and business executive, 8 May 2001.
William Warfield, concert singer and actor, 24 May 200l.
Richard L. Thomas, CEO, First National Bank of Chicago and philanthropist, 1 May 2002.
Walter Netsch, architect and partner in Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 2 May 2002.
Dr. Henry Betts, physiatrist and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 14 April 2003.
Prof. Robert V. Remini, historian, 25 April 2003.
Edward A. Brennan, CEO of Sears and chair of American Airlines, 20 June 2003.
Stanley Freehling, philanthropist, 5 April 2004.
Carol Marin, journalist and television anchor, 7 April 2004.
James O’Connor, CEO of Commonwealth Edison, 26 April 2004.
Richard Hunt, sculptor and artist, 24 April 2004.
Ray Meyer, DePaul University and Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, 29 April 2005.