Oral history interview with William Combs, November 17, 1989
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with William “Bill” Combs, Professor of English at Western Michigan University, conducted and recorded by Lew Carlson on November 17, 1989 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bill discusses the racial tensions on campus in the 1960s and the take-over of the student union by black students following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He then talks about his involvement in the AAUP following it’s certification and various contract negotiations in the 1970s and 1980s. Bill’s wife Marie occasionally joins the discussion.
- November 17, 1989
- Combs, William W., 1929- (Interviewee, Person)
From the Series: 5 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
Tape 1 was transcribed by John R. G. Barrett, Jr. in 1993. Tape 2 was transcribed by Robert N. Karrer in 1993.
- American Association of University Professors
- American Association of University Professors. Western Michigan University Chapter -- History
- Bernhard, John T.
- Black Action Movement (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
- Brawer, Milton J. (Milton Jacob), 1926-2010
- Collective bargaining -- College employees
- College students, Black -- Michigan -- Kalamazoo
- Falk, Arthur E. (Arthur Eugene), 1938-
- Hunt, Chester L.
- Miller, James W., 1913-1993
- Mitchell, Stephen R. (Stephen Robert), 1931-
- Mowen, Howard A. (Howard Alden), 1922-2009
- Seibert, Russell H. (Russell Howard), 1908-2000
- Western Michigan University -- History
- Western Michigan University. Department of English -- History
Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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