November 11, 2009

Recording the Histories of Flora Stone Mather Women

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A SAGES course will bridge the generations as today's students learn what college was like some 70 years ago for women from the former Flora Stone Mather College.

Six students in American Studies Professor Gladys Haddad's SAGES seminar, "Women's Education at CWRU: The Flora Stone Mather Oral History Project," will learn historical research by taking in-depth oral histories of six alumnae.

The women are still close to campus as nearby neighbors living at Judson at University Circle.

According to Haddad, this is the start of a project that eventually will be a digital archive of the Flora Stone Mather women's educational experiences. The archive will be located in the Kelvin Smith Library.

During an English tea at Judson at University Circle last week, students and alumnae had the opportunity to meet and became acquainted in the informal social setting before they began recording the histories.

Paired up for the project are Elliot Schwartz with Barbara Thatcher Williams (1936), Tony Opperman with Mary Louis Gingery Carpenter (1939), Tail Epstein with Catherin Fuller (1940), Nicole Zimmerman with June Mayborn Bonner (1941), Jennifer Peugh with Jean Stanton Scott (1941) and Elana Satin with Barbara Stevens Oldenburg (1949).

Haddad, also a Flora Stone Mather alumna, is regional historian who has written the biography of the Cleveland philanthropist Flora Stone Mather and worked on several documentaries about the Mather family.

Her goal is to teach students basic principles and techniques in gathering oral histories and creating primary source materials, such as tapes and transcripts, essential for historical documentation.

"They will then reflect on the relationship between the stories they have collected and the present-day educational experiences of women at Case Western Reserve University," said Haddad.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 11, 2009 10:53 AM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty, Research, Students, Technology, features, news

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