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Author: Cara Gilgenbach, March 29, 2023
Descriptive Rules: DACS 2nd Edition
Revisions: Updated, August-September 2023
Origination: Crawford, Matthew James and Packer, Todd
Inclusive Dates: 2021-2023
Extent: .5 cubic foot (1 half-sized record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Language of the Materials: English
Abstract: This collection include interviews and associated materials created and compiled by the Liquid Crystal Oral History Project, directed by Dr. Matthew J. Crawford, a history professor at Kent State University.
History of the Liquid Crystal Oral History Project: The Liquid Crystal Oral History Project (LCOHP) began as a collaboration between Dr. Matthew J. Crawford, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Kent State University, and Todd Packer, a former intellectual property manager at Kent Displays Inc. in Kent, Ohio, in the summer of 2020. The initial goal was to conduct an oral history interview with Dr. J. William Doane in order to capture his life in science and his role in the development of liquid crystal science, technology, and entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. With grants from the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics in Washington, DC and the Ohio History Fund, Crawford was able to expand the scope of the project to include additional oral history interviews in order to document the development, impact, and history of the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) more broadly. The history of the LCI as well as its faculty, staff, and alumni provide important insight into the contributions of Kent State University and Northeast Ohio to the history of science, technology, and innovation in the late twentieth century. Additional information on this project was recorded in a June 2022 press release. (Historical note written by Matthew J. Crawford.)
Scope and Content: This collection includes the content of the Liquid Crystal Oral History Project at Kent State University history. While the oral history interviews themselves form the bulk of the collection, it also includes information about the project such as clippings, grant proposals, and other materials.
Arrangement: The collection is currently divided into two major series: 1) Project Records and 2) Oral History Interviews.
Preferred Citation: Liquid Crystal Oral History Project records. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections & Archives.
Related Materials: Special Collections & Archives holds historical records of the Liquid Crystal Institute (now known as Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute--AMLCI) and the papers of Glenn H. Brown. Contact specialcollections [at] kent.edu (Special Collections & Archives) for further information on these holdings.
Acquisition Information: This collection was placed in Special Collections & Archives by Matthew J. Crawford, starting in fall 2022.
Alternate Form Available: The oral history interviews that were conducted as part of this project are available in digital format (audio recording and textual transcript). They are accessible via the Special Collections & Archives digital archive. Links to the interviews are included below as they are published in the digital archive.
Accruals: This project is ongoing. Interviews and associated materials will be added to this collection as they are completed and made available.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Project Records
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Series 2: Oral History Interviews
Arrangement: The oral history interviews are organized alphabetically by the name of the narrator (interviewee).
Scope and Content: The paper files associated with each interview include the interview protocols (annotated outline of questions and subjects to be covered in the interview), a printed copy of the interview transcript, biographical information on the narrator, and other materials that are germane to each interview.
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