UNI Oral History Library, 1970-1991

Collection Overview

Title: UNI Oral History Library, 1970-1991

Record Series: 00/00/02

Record Group:


Creator: University of Northern Iowa

Date: 1970-1991

Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Technical Access: The interviews are recorded on audio cassette tapes. They have not been transcribed. The interviews with Robert Beach, Priscilla Mae Cox, and John Page have been digitized and are available upon request.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the  UNI Oral History Library, 1970-1991, Archives Record Series 00/00/02, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

This collection contains audio recordings on cassette tapes of interviews and narrations detailing various aspects of life in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The interviews with Robert Beach, Priscilla Mae Cox, and John Page have been digitized in mp3 and WAV format. They are accessible upon request.



Robert Beach – January 6, 1972 (1 cassette tape)

Radio interview conducted by Mr. Herb Hake with Bob Beach, owner of the University Book and Supply, in Cedar Falls. The interview took place aboard the bookstore’s unique London double decker bus which served to transport students around the college hill area. The interview explains how and why the bus was purchased, how it was maintained, and the experience the ride provided.
NOTE: This recording has been digitized in mp3 and WAV format and is available upon request.

Rose Irene Maiden Bolstad – 1991 (9 cassette tapes)

Narrations by musician Rose Irene Maiden Bolstad, a 1948 graduate of Iowa State Teachers College, recounting her time on campus. The tapes include detailed recollections of student life during the mid-twentieth century.  Topics discussed include courses attended, professors, daily student life, musical training, community life, leisure activities, teaching, shopping, fashion, campus living, and dating.

Tapes also include some narration by Mrs. Bolstad's sister.  A detailed list of topics covered accompanies each tape. 

Priscilla Mae Cox with Rickie Lynn Cox – March 14, 1990 (1 cassette tape)

Narration by Ms. Cox who was the first woman photographer in the state of Iowa. She was the photo artist for the early UNI yearbooks and was instrumental in persuading university president Constantine Curris to revive the yearbook. The tape also includes brief anecdotes about difficulties faced by teachers during the great depression by Sadie Cambell, the married student Quonset huts. Includes brief anecdotes on Oscar the alligator who once lived in the UNI greenhouse and George the skeleton who accompanied Rickie Lynn Cox to UNI football games and met the Governor of Iowa and the president of UNI.
NOTE: This recording has been digitized in mp3 and WAV format and is available upon request.

John Page – May 3, 1990 (1 cassette tape)

Narration by John Page concerning the portrait of former UNI President Mauker. The narration includes; how the portrait was funded, the members of the selection committee (Page was the chair), the selection of the artist and terms of the agreement concerning the purchase of the portrait. The focus of the narration is the controversy the painting generated by Professor J. Fox who, in a letter to the College Eye, suggested that students and faculty purchase the portrait and burn it. The artist visited UNI to address the issue of burning works of art.  
NOTE: This recording has been digitized in mp3 and WAV format and is available upon request.

Claud R. Wynegar – March 14, 1970 (4 cassette tapes)

Claud R. Wynegar talks about the early history of Cedar Falls. Highlights from the interview include descriptions of: the Cedar Valley Fair auto races, Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft’s visits and speeches in Cedar Falls, and the only KKK meeting and cross burning in Cedar Falls.

Stella Wynegar – August 15, 1970 (4 cassette tapes)

Stella Wynegar interviewed by Herb Hake. Stella Mynegar was 91 at the time of the interview and discusses a multitude of topics about her life in Cedar Falls. Highlights from the interview include: her visit with Buffalo Bill Cody, early doctors in Cedar Falls, and history of early businesses, saloons (women were warned to stay away from this area), the Chinese laundry, and the opera house. A detailed list of subjects can be found in the archives.  

Processing Information

Material originally processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, November 1994. Updated for the web by Assistant Archivist Dustin Witsman and Archives Intern Erik Walker, March 2015. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, February 2018. Linear feet count updated on July 31, 2017. Updated by Jaycie Vos to include information about digital access, February 17, 2021.