Ethnic Women of Cleveland Oral History Project

Capturing the voices of eastern European women as they share the experience of becoming Americans in Cleveland.

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In 1986, Dr. Jeanette Tuve of Cleveland State University conducted a series of interviews with 29 women of eastern European birth or heritage. Many of these conversations were with women who remembered World War II or the Great Depression.

Sponsored by the The Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center and the History Department and funded by the George Gund Foundation, the project focused on the women's experiences building homes and communities in America while retaining their ethnic traditions.


The recordings and transcripts of all 25 interviews are available at the Cleveland State University Library. Digitized versions of 15 of these fascinating interviews are available below:


Digitizing of the transcripts and audio files and preparation of the html version of the transcripts was performed by Sofia Vassenovitch, as part of her practicum project in the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, during the Summer term, 2006. She performed this practicum in Special Collections, Cleveland State University Library.

Thanks to Joanne Cornelius and the staffs of the Library's Digital Production Unit and Systems Department for their assistance.

Our thanks go to the Women's Comprehensive Program and the History Department, both of the Cleveland State University, to the George Gund Foundation for their assistance and permissions in producing this site.

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These digital transcripts and audio files are the property of Cleveland State University and short extracts may be used for academic and private research purposes only. No significant reproduction of this digital edition, and no commercial use in any amount or form is permitted without express written consent of the university.

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Although every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of these transcripts, as measured against the original print version, we do not guarantee that it is an identical copy. Where the original print transcript and the recording differed, we chose to retain the wording of the original transcript.

Furthermore, we have made minor modifications of layout and other changes to enhance the digital presentation of this work that we believe make the web edition easier to use than a literal replication of the print edition would provide. None of these additions or changes detract from the intellectual integrity of the original work.

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