Chicago history museum making history award oral history project

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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:

  1. Proofreading the transcripts (generally between 25 and 50 typewitten, single-space pages) to check for misspellings or errors.

  2. Insuring that the format for each transcription is consistent.

  3. 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.

  4. Writing a one-page summary of the individual’s career and topics discussed in the oral history interview.

  5. 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.

  6. Students are expected to process 10 to 14 transcripts during the semester.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 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.
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.

Ronne Hartfield, arts and museum consultant, 4 May 2005.

Andrew McKenna, CEO of Schwarz Paper Co., 6 May 2005.

Helmut Jahn, architect, 25 May 2005.

Martin Koldyke, investment banker and educational reformer, 25 April 2006.

Edgar Jannotta, Managing Director of William Blair & Co., 9 May 2006.

Dick Butkus, Chicago Bear and college and professional football Hall of Fame member, 12 May 2006.

Jerry Reinsdorf, owner and president, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, 25 June 2007.

Marshall Field V, publisher of the Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News and philanthropist, 6 July 2007.

William Osborn, CEO and President, Northern Trust Bank, 20 Nov. 2007

W. James Farrell, CEO of Illinois Tool Works, 25 June 2008.

Don Perkins, CEO of Jewel and corporate director, 1 May 2009.

George Leighton, civil rights activist and federal judge, 18 May 2009.

Norman Bobins, banker and philanthropist, 21 May 2009.

Gordon Segal, founder of Crate & Barrel and philanthropist, 16 July 2009.

William Daley, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Democratic Party leader, 30 June 2010.

Bill Kurtis, journalist, television news anchor, and film producer, 18 May 2011.

Donna La Pietra, journalist, film producer and philanthropist, 18 May 2011.

Renee Crown, philanthropist, 6 June 2011.

Walter Massey, physicist, Fermi Lab director and president of Morehouse College and the

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 16 May 2012.

Bernarda “Bernie” Wong, co-founder and executive director of the Chinese American Service

League, 16 May 2013.

Mike Krzyzewski, Head Basketball Coach of Duke University, 2008 & 2012 U.S. Olympic Head

Coach, and member of Basketball Hall-of-Fame, 18 June 2013.

John W. Rowe, CEO and Chairman of Exelon Corporation, 10 Sept. and 9 Oct. 2013.

Paul J. Adams III, Principal and President, Providence St. Mel School, 29 April 2014.

Mary A. Dempsey, Attorney and Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, 5 May 2014.

Ronald J. Gidwitz, CEO of Helene Curtis Industries and philanthropist, 27 May 2014.

Richard Jaffe, CEO of Oil-Dri Corporation and philanthropist, 16 June 2014.

Prof. John Hope Franklin, historian and James B. Duke Professor Emeritus, Duke University, 17 Feb. 1996.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. Smith, Jr., President of Chicago Theological Seminary, 5 March 1997.

Mae Jemison, president of the Jemison Group and former NASA astronaut, 26 March 1998.

Etta Moten Barnett, concert singer, Broadway and Hollywood actress, journalist and civic activist, 12 November 1998.

Maria Tallchief, prima ballerina, New York City Ballet, 20 April 1999.

John H. Johnson, founder, president and CEO, Johnson Publishing Corp., 28 April 2000.

Eppie Lederer (Ann Landers), columnist, 2 May 2000.

Lois Weisberg, commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 22 May 2000.

Cindy Pritzker, philanthropist and civic activist, 9 May 2001.

Arturo Velasquez, Sr., Mexican-American businessman and community activist, 19 April 2002.

Sara Paretsky, novelist, 3 June 2002.

Ramsey Lewis, musician, composer, and radio personality, 18 June 2002.

Carole Simpson, journalist and television news anchor, 15 May 2003.

Sister Rosemary Connelly, founder of Misericordia, 4 May 2006.

Margaret Burroughs, author, artist and founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 11 July 2007.

Timuel Black, historian and civil rights activist, 17 July 2007.

Hanna Gray, historian and president of the University of Chicago, 2 June 2008.

Janet Rowley, medical scientist and physician, 9 April 2010.

Barbara Taylor Bowman, founder of the Erikson Institute and early childhood educator, 20 April


Adele Smith Simmons, president of Hampshire College and the MacArthur Foundation, and

executive director of Metropolis 2020, 31 May 2012.

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