Arconti, Gino, parts 1 - 2 (tape #11, sides A/B)

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Tape stock length: 90 min
Running Time: 55 min

Abstract

Label Contents: 10/5/1976
Transformation of WCSU from that of a teacher's college to the liberal arts college that it is today; Race relations at WCSU as well as in the city of Danbury and the mutually beneficial relationship between WCSU and Danbury.

Date

1976

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Duration

Running Time: 55 min

Time Summary

0-10 Min: At Tomasiello Insurance agency, Danbury; Arconti was mayor of Danbury; involved with growth of the university and college; talks about relationship with Ruth Haas; fond of Dr. Haas; served on board of alderman and town council; remembers WCSU as primarily a women's college; WCSU played an integral part in moving Danbury from being a "mill" town; met with resistance to expansion of college due to lack of available land; began a citizens petition to expand WCSU and sent it to the governor
10-20 Min: Drawing students from New York; Haas' community service; benefits of having a college campus in a town- money the college spends in town and/or that the students spend; no protests during the 1960's, but several little incidents
20-30 Min: WCSU under Haas-specifically about co-ed dorms; talks about music program; WCSU growth at the graduate level; establishing J.L.A. programs; talks again about the financial pros/cons of WCSU for Danbury; talks about physical size of Danbury as an asset
30-40 Min: Development of Westside campus and how the programs will be split between the two; how expansion of White Street campus would have been prohibitively expensive; member of the WCSU foundation board; talks about why the board exists-financial reasons; talks about the class of 1906 containing a black girl and subsequent lack; then talks about discrimination at WCSU when it was a teacher's college; discrimination in Danbury; expresses resentment at Danbury being considered a racist city; refers to Danbury as a little America due to its diverse population
40-50 Min: Refers to WCSU being a traditionally conservative school; commends WCSU for allowing greater access to a college education; explains that Dr. Haas was integral in the transition from a teachers college to what WCSU is today

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Citation

Friel, Jack -- Interviewer. “Arconti, Gino, parts 1 - 2 (tape #11, sides A/B).” Jack Friel University History Collection, MS004. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 20 Sep. 2019.

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