About the Oral History Project

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Interview excerpts in the Remembering Richard J. Daley website are drawn from the Richard J. Daley Oral History Collection. The Richard J. Daley Oral History Collection is comprised of approximately 60 interviews that provide insights into the political, social, and cultural heritage of Chicago and the nation during Richard J. Daley’s tenure as mayor from 1955-1976. Collecting efforts began in 2002 at the former University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Historian’s Office under the direction of historian and UIC professor Robert V. Remini, and were completed in 2014 by oral historian Marie Scatena. Interviewers for the Richard J. Daley Oral History Project include Robert V. Remini, Fred Beuttler, David Veenstra, Jason Waak and Marie Scatena.

The oral history interviews include stories and personal reminiscences of family, friends, and colleagues who worked closely with and for the mayor. Individuals interviewed were selected by members of Richard J. Daley’s family. The oral history interviews were audio or video recorded at UIC or in the field, and interview transcripts were then edited by the individuals interviewed. Full transcripts are housed in the Richard J. Daley Special Collections and University Archives.

A list of individuals who generously donated their reminiscences can be found on the main page of this site under the tab Biographies, or consult the file listing of interview transcripts.