Guide to the Oral history interview with Jean A. Kemeny, 1996 June 14 - 2000 Nov. 28Manuscript DOH-32

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Title:

Guide to the Oral history interview with Jean A. Kemeny, 1996 June 14 - 2000 Nov. 28

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-32

Collection Dates:

1996 June 14 - 2000 Nov. 28

Size of Collection:

5 sound recordings (ca. 60 mins. each)

Abstract:

Jean Alexander Kemeny, wife of John G. Kemeny, President of Dartmouth College. Oral history interview documenting her fifty year tenure at Dartmouth as faculty wife, first lady of Dartmouth, author, actor and civic activist.

Access to Collection:

Restricted until 2012.

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

Restricted until 2012.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of Jean Alexander Kemeny is comprised of audiocassette recordings and an indexed transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jane L. Carroll during June and July 1996 and by Christopher Burns during November 2000. The entire interview runs for approximately five hours and covers her life at Dartmouth during John Kemeny's career as president and professor of mathematics and computer science.

Biography

Jean Alexander Kemeny was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1930 and grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She spent one year at Smith College when she met her future husband while attending a World Federalist Conference at Princeton, where he was a graduate of the mathematics program and a philosophy professor . They were married in November, 1950. Four years later, they moved to Hanover, NH, where Dr. Kemeny came to teach and rebuild Dartmouth's mathematics department. Mrs. Kemeny was active in New Hampshire politics, fundraising for the local public schools and for Dartmouth, acting in local theater and authoring several books in addition to supporting her husband in his work as a professor and president of Dartmouth College. Mrs. Kemeny also rose to prominence as an outspoken activist for civil and women's rights and in support of Dartmouth's conversion to coeducation. She died in Etna, NH on January 22, 2003.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: June 1996

Transcripts and Master Cassette Tapes

Access Restrictions

Closed until 2012.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: June 1996

Copies of Audio Cassette Tapes

Access Restrictions

Closed until 2012.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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