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Oral History Project of East Campus Collection

Collection Number
UA 2114

OCLC Number

Colleen M. Kenefick

Donated by Colleen M. Kenefick in September 2012.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of 18 edited transcripts of interviews with women that hold (or formerly held) faculty and staff positions at Stony Brook University, including at the University Hospital, Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, and the Long Island State Veterans Home. The interviews were conducted by and transcribed in 2012 by Librarian Emerita, Colleen M. Kenefick. 

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray and Lynn Toscano, October 2012. Updated June 2019.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

Note: Permission to examine material is not authorization to publish. A separate written application for permission to publish must be submitted and authorized by the Dean of Libraries.

Disclaimer and Statement of Confidentiality: "The opinions, views, and perspectives expressed herein are solely those of the interviewees. They do not reflect or represent the opinions or views if the State University of New York, SUNY Stony Brook ("University"), the University Hospital, the University Health Sciences Center or the University School of Medicine.  These materials are internal university archives which may not be used, disclosed, distributed or duplicated for any purpose whatsoever without prior express written permission from the Dean of the University Libraries."

Interview of (name of interviewee), Oral History Project of East Campus Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
In 1965, John S. Toll, a Princeton-trained physicist and former professor and chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland, became the second president of Stony Brook University. In September 1966, Vice President of the Health Sciences, Edmund Pellegrino, was charged with establishing a medical center at Stony Brook University that included a tertiary care hospital. The same year, Dr. Alfred Knudson was appointed t he first Professor of Medicine to Health Sciences. In 1969, Dr. Pellegrino became dean of the School of Medicine and recruited deans for the four other schools: Ellen Fahy, Nursing; Edmund McTernan, Allied Health Professions; Sanford Kravitz, Social Welfare; J. Howard Oaks, School of Dentistry. He also recruited Emil Frey to serve as director of the Health Sciences Center Library.  By the time Toll departed in 1969, the university of 1,800 students had been built to one of 17,000 students and, in addition to arts and sciences and engineering, he added schools of public affairs, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions, basic health sciences and social work. Health Sciences at the university are comprised of the: School of Dental Medicine, School of Health Technology and Management; Renaissance School of Medicine; School of Nursing; and the School of Social Welfare.

State University of New York at Stony Brook -- History.
State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Stony Brook University. -- Health Sciences Center.
Stony Brook University. -- School of Medicine.
Oral history.
Higher education and state -- New York (State) -- History -- 20th century.
State universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- History -- 20th century.
Higher education and state.
State universities and colleges.
New York (State)


Box 1

Adell, Theresa (University Hospital; 8pp.)
Cavanaugh, Jeanette  (University Hospital; 12pp.)
Culver, Kathleen (University Hospital; 15pp.)
Day, Doreen (University Hospital; 11pp.)
Gebhart, Kathleen (Health Sciences Center; 15pp.)
Geraci, Jamie  (Health Sciences Center; 14pp.)
Giffen, Edna (University Hospital; 11pp.)
Gizzi, Carol (Health Sciences Center; 15pp.)
Greenfield, Jeanne (University Hospital; 20pp.)
Hoch, Mary  (Health Sciences Center; 14pp.)
Hrynda, Gail (Long Island State Veterans Home; 7pp.)
Lane, Dorothy (Health Sciences Center; 12pp.)
Larson, Susan (Health Sciences Center; 12pp.)
Mills, Barbara (University Hospital; 22pp.)
Seidman, Roberta (Health Sciences Center; 33pp.)
Shurpin, Kathleen (Health Sciences Center; 17pp.)
Southerton, Kathleen (Health Sciences Center; 20pp.)
Steckel, Arleen (Health Sciences Center; 15pp.)

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