The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany was founded in December 1963. Dr. Richardson L. Rice served as the school's first dean and, in 1964, began efforts to establish a two-year master's program in social welfare. The first class of twenty-seven students entered the master's program in the fall of 1965 and graduated on June 11, 1967.
Dr. Maureen Didier joined the faculty of the School of Social Welfare in August 1967 as associate professor directly after receiving her doctorate in social work from the Smith College School for Social Work. Didier later served as associate dean beginning in 1972.
In honor of the School of Social Welfare's 25th anniversary, Didier and the Rev. Clinton Dugger, a 1967 graduate, served as co-chairs of a yearlong silver anniversary celebration. The oral history project, conducted 25 years after the first class of students entered the master's degree program, was one part of that celebration. Other activities included a Convocation, exhibits in the Dewey Library, creation of a special anniversary song, alumni dinners, and a lecture sponsored by the Ringel Institute.
This collection contains video and audio cassette interviews of students, graduates, faculty, administrators and other personnel documenting the history of the School of Social Welfare on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Professor Maureen Didier conducted all the interviews with the exception of one 1991 video taped interview with current students, conducted by Mary McCarthy.
For more information about the School of Social Welfare, its students, faculty and administration, please see the School of Social Welfare Records (UA-690) and the Ringel Institute for Gerontology Records (UA–690.015). For specific information on the School's 25th anniversary, see the School of Social Welfare Records, Series 5, box 1, folders 16-17.
The collection is organized into the following series:
The collection contains three series. Series 1 collection is arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged chronologically by date of deanship. Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.
Maureen Didier donated this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Maureen Didier, School of Social Welfare 25th Anniversary Oral History Collection, 1990-1991. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York.
|Video-Tape 1||Maureen Didier interviews with students from 1st MSW Class of 1967||1991 February 27|
|Video-Tape 2||Maureen Didier interviews with students from MSW Classes of 1977 and 1978||1991 March 01|
|Video-Tape 3||Mary McCarthy interviews with students from the MSW Class of 1991||1991 March 01|
|Cassette 1||Maureen Didier interview with Mrs. Richardson Rice||1991 April 13|
|Cassette 2-3||Maureen Didier interview with Charles O’Reilly||1990 June 07|
|Cassette 4-5||Maureen Didier interview with Stuart Kirk||1991 November 16|
|Cassette 6||Maureen Didier interview with Susan Sherman||1991 October 18|
|Cassette 7||Maureen Didier interview with Lynn Videka-Sherman||1990 October 18, 1990 October 24|
|Cassette 1||Maureen Didier interview with Cecile B. David||1990 November 09|
|Cassette 2||Maureen Didier interview with Edgar Flinton||1990 November 16|
|Cassette 3||Maureen Didier interview with Elizabeth Wolff Heinmiller||1991 October 10|
|Cassette 4-5||Maureen Didier interview with Professor Emeritus Jane K. Ives||1990 June 28|
|Cassette 6-7||Maureen Didier interview with Mrs. Mary Koechley||1991 June 11|
|Cassette 8||Maureen Didier interview with Anna May Lilly||1990 July 06|
|Cassette 9||Maureen Didier interview with William S. Rooney||1990 October 20|
|Cassette 10||Maureen Didier interview with Min Wachs||1990 June 28|