Guide to the Oral history interview with John Copenhaver, 1996Manuscript DOH-7

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Guide to the Oral history interview with John Copenhaver, 1996

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-7

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 min. each)


John Copenhaver, Class of 1946 and Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College. Oral History interview documenting his undergraduate years and teaching career at Dartmouth during the presidencies of John Sloan Dickey, John Kemeny and David McLaughlin.

Access to Collection:

First half unrestricted; second half closed 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

First half unrestricted; second half closed until 2012.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of John Copenhaver is comprised of audiocassette recordings and an indexed transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jane L. Carroll in June 1996. The entire interview runs approximately two hours and covers Thus his interview covered the advent of coeducation, the reshaping of the curriculum, the increasing diversity of the student body and the faculty, and the student protests of those times. He also speaks to the reshaping of the sciences on campus. Finally, Professor Copenhaver reviews the administrations of Presidents Kemeny and McLaughlin.


John Copenhaver was born on Dec. 21, 1922 in Ralston, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940-43 as a radio operator on a destroyer in the Atlantic and attended Dartmouth as a member of the V12 Unit from 1943-46. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth in 1946 and received his PhD. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Professor Copenhaver joined the Dartmouth faculty for the first time as an instructor in the summer of 1946 and then returned as an assistant professor of zoology in 1953 and became a full professor in 1960. Professor Copenhaver retired from the college in 1987.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: June 1996

Transcripts and Audio Cassette Tapes

Access Restrictions

First half open, remainder closed until 2012.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

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