Guide to the Oral history interview with John G. Kemeny, 1984Manuscript DOH-2

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Title:

Guide to the Oral history interview with John G. Kemeny, 1984

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-2

Collection Dates:

1984

Size of Collection:

18 sound recordings (ca. 60 min. each)

Abstract:

John G. Kemeny, thirteenth president of Dartmouth College, professor of mathematics and computer science. Oral history interview documenting his career and presidency of Dartmouth College.

Access to Collection:

Open.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Open.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of John Kemeny contains audiocassette recordings and transcripts of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Alex Fanelli periodically during 1984. The entire interview runs for approximately 17 hours and provides a broad overview of his presidency. Topics he discusses include coeducation, year-round education, his relationship with the trustees, the faculty and students, fundraising and the endowment as well as his chairmanship of the The Three Mile Island Commission.

Biography

John G. Kemeny was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 31, 1926. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1940 and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. Kemeny graduated as valedictorian of his class at George Washington High School in New York in 1943 and earned his B.A. (summa cum laude) and his PhD in Mathematics in 1949 from Princeton University. He served in the US Army as assistant within the Theoretical Division, Los Alamos Project from 1945-1946. He was research assistant to Dr. Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton from 1948-49; Fine Instructor and Office of Naval Research Research Fellow in Mathematics at Princeton from 1949-51; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1951-53. Kemeny came to Dartmouth as a professor of mathematics in 1953 and served as chairman of the department from 1955-67, Albert Bradley Third Century Professor from 1969-72 and was elected thirteenth president of the college in 1970 and served as president until 1981. Following his retirement from the presidency, he served as professor of mathematics and computer science, 1981-90 and professor of mathematics, emeritus until his death on December 26, 1992.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1

Draft Transcript and Background Information

Access Restrictions

Closed.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2

Bound Transcripts

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for photocopying and reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3

Transcript

Access Restrictions

Interview open.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for photocopying and reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4

Cassettes #1-18. Masters -- Not for Use

Access Restrictions

Closed.

Use Restrictions

Closed.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5

Cassettes #1-18. Use Copies.

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for photocopying and reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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