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Science and Technology oral history collection

Identifier: OH ST


This collection comprises 5 oral history interviews focused on those working in the science and technology fields. All subjects worked in the Baltimore area during the 1970s-early-1990s. Materials include audio recordings.


  • 1988 October 16-1995 January 15

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


5 Items : 5 oral histories

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes 5 oral history interviews.

The Science and Technology Series oral history collection focuses on those working in the science and technology fields in the Baltimore area from the 1970s-early-1990s. As noted by interviewer John Direll, the Science and Technology Series was undertaken so that those interested in pursuing a career in the sciences could be inspired by those interviewed.

Interviews were conducted from 1988-1995 by John Direll and possibly two others whose information was not recorded. Interviewees include: Benjamin R. Fuller, a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. (1924-1990) a Baltimore physician and son of the civic leader Dr. Bernard Harris Sr.; Samuel K. Himmelrich (1930-2020) the owner of Inland Leidy Chemicals (formerly Inland Oil and Chemical); Bernard Madison, Technical Program Manager at the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland; and Allan Myers, Electromagnetic Interference Engineer at MET Laboratories.

The interviews focus on a variety of topics: growing up in Maryland, early educational experiences, family life, career interests, racial segregation, and discrimination.

Originally in the custody of the Baltimore City Life Museums, which closed in 1997, the tapes are now held at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

Guide to the Science and Technology oral history collection
Rebecca McGivney
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States