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Cullom Davis - Historians Speak

Dr. George Cullom Davis began his academic career as an assistant professor of history at Indiana University in 1964. In 1970, he moved to Springfield, IL, where he taught and served as an assistant to the president of the newly formed Sangamon State University, and was also responsible for establishing the university's Oral History office. He quickly developed a national reputation in the oral history community, and served as president of the Oral History Association from 1983-1984. In 1988 Dr. Davis became Director of the Lincoln Legal Papers, where he served until his retirement in 2000.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Childhood, education

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Davis’s involvement with the creation of Sangamon State U. in 1970

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Cullom Davis’s career as Director of the Oral History Office at SSU

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Davis as Director of the Lincoln Legal Papers project through mid-1990s

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Transcript

Cullom Davis Sessions 1-5


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Cullom Davis, 1940 (age 5).

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Cullom, 3rd from left in the first row, circa 1942 (age 8). Photo taken at Camp Ellis.

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Camp Ellis

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circa 1942

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Cullom at a Jeep’s steering wheel, circa 1943 (age 8). Photo taken at Camp Ellis.

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Camp Ellis

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circa 1943

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Studio portrait, circa 1946 (age 11).

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circa 1946

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Cullom Davis at a 1968 Orientation in Illinois.

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1968

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Cullom Davis, Associate Professor of History, circa 1970.

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circa 1970

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Professor Cullom Davis in the early days of Sangamon State University, circa 1973, when it was an incubator for education innovation. Davis’s Oral History Office was a perfect fit for the school’s mission.

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Sangamon State University

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circa 1973

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Cullom Davis interviewing Avinere Toigo about Ethnic Politics in the 1930’s in Illinois (circa 1973).

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circa 1973

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Cullom Davis with ‘Abraham Lincoln’ at Charles Strogiers’ book signing party for his new book, circa 1979.

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circa 1979

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The IL General Assembly Oral History Program Advisory Committee meeting in May, 1980. Standing L-R: Bob Howard, Gerry Sherandion, Sam Gove, Don Holt, Dave Everson, Bill Day. Seated: Willard Ice, Bill Hey, Cullom Davis, Margaret Munn.

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May 1980

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Personal photo (or studio photo?) of Cullom Davis, circa 1987 (age 52).

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circa 1987

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Studio portrait of Cullom Davis, circa 1980’s (age between 45 and 48).

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circa 1980’s

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Studio portrait taken with Cullom Davis, circa 1990 (age 55). This particular picture was taken to be the representative photo for the Lincoln Legal Papers project.

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circa 1990

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Cullom Davis, as he appeared in an article that appeared in the Springfield State Journal Register on February 7th, 1992. The article featured a series of Lincoln scholars.

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February 7th, 1992

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OHA, Lexington, Kentucky. Circa October 1984.

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OHA, Lexington, Kentucky

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Circa October 1984

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International Conference on Abraham Lincoln in 1989 located in Paipai, Taiwan. Herb Mitgang on the left of the New York Times.

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Paipai, Taiwan

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1989

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Cullom Davis with Mayor Karen Hassana upon the receipt of the 2002 Studs Terkel Award.

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2002

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Cullom Davis in the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Brookens Library, circa 2008 (age 73).

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University of Illinois at Springfield’s Brookens Library

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circa 2008

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Cullom Davis in 2006, accepting a receipt of a University of Illinois at Springfield’s Distinguished Service Award alongside the UI President Joe White and UIS Chancellor Rich Ringheisen.

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University of Illinois at Springfield

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2006

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Cullom Davis in 2006, accepting a receipt of a University of Illinois at Springfield’s Distinguished Service Award, standing alongside his wife, Ann Davis.

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University of Illinois at Springfield

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2006

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Cullom Davis, and his wife Ann, traveling in China circa 2008 (age 73).

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China

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circa 2008

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(Narrator’s Photo)

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