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Oral History Finding Aids

at Montgomery County Archives

The Archives holds the oral histories of the following Montgomery County residents:

    • Abbe, Leslie Morgan (1898-1992), interviewed 1971
      • Rockville Planning Commission, Negro Schools, Board of Education, PTA 
    • Bain, Henry (n.d.), talk given in 1969
      • MoCo politics, political history
    • Barnesley, Myrtle (1885-1975), interviewed 1975
      • Rural school teacher, Emory Methodist Church, Norbeck
    • Bennett, James V. (on Marie Bennet), interviewed 1975
      • Chevy Chase Women’s Club/PTA, MoCo Women’s Club Forum, LWV
    • Bloomer, Esther (1893-1981), interviewed 1971
      • PTA, League of Women Voters, Maryland Council on Education, Montgomery County Junior College Advisory Council, and YWCA
    • Bullard, Dexter M. (1898-1981), interviewed 1969
      • Medical Director, Chestnut Lodge, MoCo Medical Society, Juvenile Court
    • Burroughs, Mildred (b. 1902), interviewed 1975
      • Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, foster care, 1929 tornado 
    • Coffman, John W. (1909-1985), interviewed 1972
      • Owner/editor of Takoma Journal, Takoma Park Mayor’s Advisory Committee
    • Curtis, Frances Vinson (1915-1998), interviewed 1972
      • Scotland community, AME Zion Church, 
    • Dalrymple, Gertrude Bradley (1900-1984), interviewed 1971
      • writer for Bethesda Journal, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Record, Charter movement
    • Donaldson, Mary Macabee (b. 1907), interviewed 1972
      • American Red Cross, Medical Care Commission, Press Association, Planned Parenthood League, Suburban Hospital Association
    • Dove, William (b. 1901), interviewed 1975
      • last operator, Muncaster Mill in Rockville
    • Duvall, C. F. (1888-1983), interviewed 1975
      • Kensington, B&O Railroad, trolley line, Hermitage
    • Eig, Sam (1898-1982), interviewed 1972
      • Politics: Charter Movement, land development, Sliver Spring, Jewish community
    • Engle, Lavinia (1892-1979), interviewed 1971
      • National American Woman’s Suffrage Association, LWV, politics:County Commission
    • Farquhar, Richard H. (1918-1984), interviewed 1977
      • Postmaster: Ashton, Quakers, Fair Hill school, Brooke Manor Inn 
    • Farquhar, Roger B.(1916-2005), interviewed 1979
      • Journalism, Scotland community, real estate, zoning, MoCo Sentinel
    • Farr, Janet (1904-1994), interviewed 1975
      • Chevy Chase Land Company, Corby House, Montgomery College
    • Gardner, Allen H. (1899-1989), interviewed 1973
      • County Council, Charter movement, Brookings Institution report, MCCF
    • Getty, Mildred Newbold (1896-1982), interviewed 1975
      • National Park Seminary, school teacher, daughter and biographer of George Washington Getty, Grace Episcopal Church, Home Interest Club
    • Gilchrist, Charles W. (1936-1999), interviewed 1986-1987
      • County Executive, Maryland State Senator, Metro/Ride-On, Liquor Control Board, cable television, MoCo Detention Center
    • Gladhill, Mollie (1886-1986), interviewed 1974
      • Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Rural life – Montgomery County, Tobacco farming
    • Gleason, James P.(1921-2008), interviewed 1987
      • County Council, County Executive, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Metro System/WMATA, Fire and Rescue Services
    • Greene, Alexander J. (1923-2010), interviewed 1988
      • Rockville City Council, Mayor of Rockville, Rockville Planning Commission, Rockville Civic Association, Intergovernmental relations, Public housing
    • Gustafson, Forest V. D. (1911-2000), interviewed 1971
      • Director of Recreation, MNCPPC
    • Hall, Mary E. (1907-1980), interviewed 1975
      • Kensington history, trolley, Noyes Library, Montgomery County Police force – 1920s
    • Hartley, Dr. Gilbert V. (1894-1977), interviewed 1975
      • Medical doctor in Rockville, Montgomery County Almshouse
    • Himstead, Dorothy (1895-1988), interviewed 1972
      • Montgomery County Council, Charter movement, LWV, MCCF
    • Hostetler, Alice (1901-1976), interviewed 1971
      • MoCo Welfare Board, LWV, Charter movement, MCCF
    • Hovsepian, Dickran (1914-2003), interviewed 1988
      • Mayor of Rockville, County Councilmember, Twinbrook Citizens Association
    • Jarvis, Edith Claude (1902-1988), interviewed 1971
      • Chevy Chase schools and life, D.C. public schoolteacher, Chevy Chase Village Board, MCHS president
    • Jewell, Edgar Guy (1901-1984), interviewed 1973
      • Montgomery County Schools: principal and administrator, MoCo rural life
    • Johns, W. Brooke (1893-1987), interviewed 1975
      • Radio host, columnist, rural life, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
    • Jones, Margaret Taylor (1907-1977), interviewed 1971
      • Montgomery County Schools, Scotland community, principal of Bannuckburn Elementary, Montgomery County Teachers Association
    • Leaf, Munro (1905-1976), interviewed 1975
      • Children’s author and illustrator, “The Story of Ferdinand”
    • Lee, E. Brooke (1892-1984), interviewed 1977
      • Maryland Comptroller, Maryland Secretary of State, Maryland House of Delegates, Montgomery County Planning, Charter movement, MCCF, politics
    • Lowe, Mercedes Davis (1924-2007), interviewed 1975
      • National Park Seminary
    • Mason, Geneva (1899-1980), interviewed 1975
      • Scotland community leader, MoCo Government Committee, school integration 
    • Mohler, Mary B. (1903-1986), interviewed 1972
      • Montgomery County schools, Bethesda/Chevy Chase, Bethesda Public Library, MCCF
    • Morland, George B. (1901-1982), interviewed 1974
      • Department of Public Libraries director, Library Board, Library law
    • Nesbitt, George F. (1899-1986), interviewed 1975
      • County Councilmember, First National Bank of Sandy Spring (president) 
    • Nichols, Betty (n.d.), interviewed 1975
      • Planned Parenthood (director), LWV, American Red Cross
    • Ofsthun, Neil A. (b. 1930), interviewed 1971
      • Rockville Parks and Recreation (director), 
    • Potter, Neal (1915-2008), interviewed 1998
      • County Councilmember, County Executive, Cabin John rural life, MoCo Planning
    • Prather, James E. (1911-2002), interviewed 1976
      • Prathertown community (Gaithersburg), school integration, Poplar Grove Baptist Church (pastor), Suburban Hospital Board of Trustees
    • Rovner, Edmund F. (1930-1992), interviewed 1986
      • Special Assistant to CE, Montgomery College, politics
    • Royer, William E. (1911-1987), interviewed 1976
      • Department of Social Services (director), Welfare Board
    • Sandifer, Irene R. (1902-1977), interviewed 1971
      • LWV (president), Board of Education, Charter movement, school integration
    • Siegel, Joyce B. (n.d.), interviewed 1972
      • LWV, Scotland community, Housing Authority, Community Action Committee
    • Sims, Lewis B. (1909-2014), interviewed 1972
      • Charter movement/Charter Revision Commission, politics, planning, County Council, MCCF
    • Smith, Lathrop (1902-1971), interviewed 1971
      • County Councilmember, Board of Education, Charter movement, rural planning, planning
    • Smith, Lucy (1888-1980), interviewed 1974
      • Rockville life, Veterans’ Bureau, Rockville Women’s Club, Garden Club, MCHS
    • Talley, Anna L. (1918-1992), interviewed 1977
      • Sugarland community, Mount of Olives Church (founder/pastor), rural life, PTA
    • Walker, Helen Claxton (1896-1980), interviewed 1971
      • Board of Education (president), Chevy Chase schools, PTA, Montgomery Junior College, Chevy Chase Club
    • Walter, Malcolm D. (1894-1993), interviewed 1974
      • Kensington, Riggs National Bank, Chamber of Commerce, B&O Railroad,
    • Waters, Madeline V. (1893-1984) and Herbert Dorsey (1904-1991), interviewed 1974
      • Horace Dorsey Waters House, Germantown history, rural life
    • Werner, Stella (1901-1981), interviewed from 1971-1975
      • County Councilmember/president, Bethesda-Chevy Chase community, Bethesda Public Library, radio host, Montgomery County Charter Commission (executive director) 
    • Zea, Margaret, (b. 1898), interviewed 1976
      • Kensington, Takoma Park Women’s Club, Seventh-Day Adventist church

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