Southern Rural Poverty Collection

Project description: This project contains more than 30 interviews with individuals who worked to address southern poverty in their communities up to the early 1990s. The focus of the interviews is on efforts after the passage of major federal civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, including those related to Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.

Regulatory significance: Many of the interviewees discuss issues that stem from overlapping regulatory jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal level. Health care, housing, employment, and agriculture are major themes, and some interviewees discuss environmental regulation to improve the health of the rural poor.

RepositoryDuke University, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Interview dates: 1992-1994

Digital access: Video recordings of the oral histories are available for many interviews, and transcripts are available for almost all of them.


World Bank Project

Project description: Interviews with officers of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development detail its history and operations from the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference to 1960. Organization, development of policies, management practices, personnel, and the relationship of directors and staff during the presidencies of Eugene Meyer, John McCloy, and Eugene Black are described.

Regulatory significance: The functions of the World Bank are analyzed, including policy formulation and supervision of end-use of funds, project appraisal, creditworthiness, administration and significance of loans, government banks, equity investment and venture capital, bond issues and corollary legislation, and foreign and domestic bond marketing. The relationship of the Bank to the International Monetary Fund and to other financial institutions is explored. There are descriptions of individual projects in various parts of the world, particularly flood protection, railway rehabilitation, the Indus Basin Settlement Plan, the Mekong River Survey, and the Suez Canal.

RepositoryColumbia Center for Oral History

Interview dates: Circa 1961

Digital access: Only abstracts. No online transcripts or audio.

Physical access: For transcripts and audio, researchers may visit the Columbia Center for Oral History.


Interviewees: Siem Aldewereld; Gerald Alter, Harold Larsen, and John de Wilde; Eugene R. Black; Robert W. Cavanaugh; Sidney Raymond Cope; Daniel Crena de Iongh; Richard H. Demuth (certain pages closed); William Diamond and Michael Hoffman; Donald Fowler; Robert L. Garner; William F. Howell; Sir William Iliff; Andrew Kamarck; J. Burke Knapp; Harold Larsen; Ansel F. Luxford; Luis Machado; George Martin and Emil Pattberg; Morton Mendels; Lester Nurick (closed during lifetime); Hoyt Peck; Hugh Ripman; Leonard B. Rist; Paul Rosenstein-Rodan; Orvis A. Schmidt; Davidson Sommers; Alexander Stevenson; Raymond A. Wheeler.

Kaiparowits Power Project

Project description: The Kaiparowits Power Project consists of eleven interviews regarding the proposed construction in 1965 by Southern California Edison Company of a coal-powered generator in southern Utah. After ten years of wangling and opposition from environmental groups and federal regulators, the power company abandoned the project.

Regulatory significance: Federal environmental regulators played a significant role in the demise of the project, and the oral history interviews illuminate how locals in southern Utah viewed the conflict and perceived the involvement of the regulators. Of particular salience in the interviews is the trade-off between environmental health and economic development.

RepositoryCenter for Oral and Public History, California State University – Fullerton

Interview dates: 1976-1978

Digital access: No online availability. Contact repository directly for digital copies.


Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota

Project description: This collection of 17 interviews focuses on the growth of the medical device industry in Minnesota.

Regulatory significance: Many of these interviews discuss regulation of the medical device industry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discussions also involve liability, non-U.S. regulation in Europe and South America, and the role of trade groups and state support for the industry.

RepositoryMinnesota Historical Society

Interview dates: 1995-2001

Digital access: Transcripts, as well as audio, are available online.

Physical access: Original interview materials are available at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.