UIS Oral History Collection Receiving Significant Notice

The UIS Oral History Collection has received significant notice recently. The December 3, 2009 issue of Illinois Times featured an article by Tara McClellan McAndrew about the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The article, “Killer Flu Hits Springfield,” drew on three oral histories from UIS Archives/Special Collections. One was with Monsignor Jesse Gatton (1889-1989), chaplain of St. John’s Hospital, who recalled: “Some of [the patients} were so sick. I remember giving them Extreme Unction (Catholic Last Rites) on the way up to the room, on the elevator. When they got to the floor, they were so sick that many of them died.” The article is available at:


In addition, digitized audio from the Oral History Collection is now highlighted in the iTunes Store. UIS was selected by Apple, Inc. to join the iTunes Store on August 18, 2009. UIS had been using an internal iTunes U account on campus since January 2007, with limited public access. The switch has made UIS content available to more than 200 million iTunes users worldwide. The “Revealing Voices” series, featuring first-hand accounts of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot recorded in the 1970s housed in Archives/Special Collections, was chosen last month by Apple as one of nine noteworthy podcasts (from among about 200,000), helping to boost downloads by 7,000 in two weeks.

Munindra Khaund of UIS’s Information Technology Services, producer of the “Revealing Voices” podcast, stated: “We have a lot of oral history in our archives, and it has been a goal of mine to bring some of those resources out,”

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