Oral History Interviews
Junior League Oral History Project
This project was a cooperative endeavor by the Junior League of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The first interview was done on July 27, 1984. The interview was of Julia Robbins Allen and the interviewer was Inez Lyon. The last (90th) interview was of Tom Armitage and was done by Mary R. Curran on October 29, 1984.
The project was called “Cedar Rapids: The Early Community”. It focused on interviews of community members with varied backgrounds who remembered early 20th century (1900-1940) life in Cedar Rapids. The Chairperson was Laura M. Derr with training led by Harold Ewoldt of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Loren Horton of the Iowa State Historical Society.
We have a voice cassette and a transcription of all 90 interviews. They were gifted to us by the Cedar Rapids Public Library and accessioned as of January 25, 2005.