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Swoboda, Marian J.; Roberts, Audrey J. / They came to learn, they came to teach, they came to stay
(1980)

Smail, Laura L.; Taylor, Donna S.
Chapter 19: In their own words: excerpts from oral history history,   pp. 117-129


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19. In Their Own Words:
Excerpts From Oral History Interviews
by Laura L. Smail and Donna S. Taylor
The Oral History Project was set up in 1972 as a part of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison Archives. The intention of its founders was to facilitate
the recording of the memories of retired professors, but its scope has now
broadened to include interviews with anyone who can shed light on events
and developments within the university. Of the over one hundred interviews
to date, twenty have been with women. From these we have selected six: four
members of the faculty, one faculty wife, and one departmental secretary.
These women give us glimpses of themselves - their childhood, their lives
as
undergraduates, their work and their thoughts about their work. The material
has been lightly edited. The six women are:
Ruth Glassow. Born 1891 in Schofield, Wisconsin. B.A., University of Wisconsin,
1916. Taught physical education in several universities. Joined the Department
of
Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin in 1930. Appointed full
professor
1948. Retired 1962.
Thekla Nimmow. Born in 1900 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. B.A., University of
Wisconsin,
1924. Taught high school. Became secretary of the German department in 1930.
Retired 1965.
Dorothy King Knoplund. Born 1905 in Evanston, Illinois. B.A., University
of Wiscon-
sin, 1926. Married Paul Knaplund, professor of history at UW, 1929. (He retired
in
1955, and died in 1965). Two children.
Madeleine Doran. Born 1905 in Salt Lake City. B.A., Stanford University 1927;
M.A.,
University of Iowa, 1928; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1930. Joined the UW
De-
partment of English in 1935. Full professor 1952. Appointed Ruth C. Wallerstein
Pro-
fessor of English Literature 1967. Made permanent member Institute for Research
in
the Humanities, 1970. Retired 1975.
Ruth Henderson. Born 1890 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. B.S. 1923 and M.A. 1928,
Col-
umbia University. On UW Extension Division Staff in 1918. Became member of
De-
partment of Home Economics and School of Education in 1923. Full professor
1952.
Retired 1956.
Elizabeth Brandeis. Born 1896 in Boston, Massachusetts. B.A., Radcliffe College,
1918; M.A. 1924 and Ph.D. 1928, University of Wisconsin. Joined UW Department
of
Economics in 1924. Lecturer with rank of full professor 1962. Married, one
child.
Retired 1966.
Family Background -Undergraduate Education
Ruth Glassow
I was born in Schofield, Wisconsin, which is almost a part of Wausau. In
my childhood it was a sawmill town. There was a millpond which was about
a
block from my house where we could boat and we could run across the logs,
which was a dangerous thing to do. At night when I got in bed I'd think about
it and think I'll never do that again, but then the next day - next time
I got
down to the water - you couldn't resist it.... It was a wonderful childhood.
When I finished high school, which was in 1909, I don't know of any girl
from
Schofield who had gone to college except my sister who had gone to River
Falls Normal School.... The usual thing was if you weren't married, or
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