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Polemics in Medieval Sufi Biographies

Description: The eleventh and twelfth centuries represent a critical formative period for institutions and practices that characterized later Islam. Sufism also emerged during the same period as a distinct mode of piety that gained widespread acceptance in the aftermath of Mongol invasions in the thirteenth century. Using early Sufi biographies produced in Khorasan during that period, this study will argue that the early Sufis were not only preoccupied with locating their own tradition within the Islamic orthodoxy but also defining the contours of what constituted acceptable Islam. The sources used are predominantly Persian Sufi biographies composed in Khorasan which form the main body of historiography of Sufism.
Date: December 2009
Creator: Ghafoori, Ali
Partner: UNT Libraries

Oral History Interview with Ivan Arteaga, October 27, 2009

Description: Interview with Ivan Arteaga, Mexican national and immigrant to Princeton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Arteaga's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico City. Arteaga also talks about his family's decision to immigrate to Provo, Utah, his first impressions of the U.S., marriage, deciding to relocate to Texas, opinions regarding anti-immigrant feelings prevalent in American culture and regarding the U.S. immigration bureaucracy, as well as his feelings about his two children's U.S. citizenship.
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Date: October 27, 2009
Creator: Dunbar, Paul & Arteaga, Ivan
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, November 20, 2009

Description: Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, Indian-born immigrant to Carrollton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Chandrasekar's personal experiences of childhood and education in India, her arranged marriage to a family friend living in New Jersey, and working in the insurance industry. Chandrasekar talks about her first impressions of the U.S., struggling to keep close ties with her family in India, and the contrast of life in India, New Jersey, and Texas.
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Date: November 17, 2009
Creator: Teel, Katherine & Chandrasekar, Kirthica
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

Description: Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, Germany-born immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Greenfield's personal experiences of childhood and education in Germany, escaping to Berlin from the Soviet army, and again to Bavaria, and marriage to an America GI. Greenfield also discusses her family's experiences with occupying U.S. Army forces, the decision to settle in Weatherford, the struggle to pass on German language and culture to her children and grandchildren, and her family history. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Greenfield, Eleonore
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

One Long Tune: the Life and Music of Lenny Breau

Description: From book jacket: “Mr. Guitar” Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941-1984) “the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth.” Breau began playing the instrument at age seven, and went on to master many styles, especially jazz. Between 1968 and 1983 he made a series of recordings that are among the most influential guitar albums of the century. Breau’s astonishing virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. Despite Breau’s fascinating life story and his musical importance, no full-length biography has been published until now. Forbes-Roberts has interviewed more than 175 people and closely analyzed Breau’s recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man and the inner workings of his music. “Lenny Breau was, and will always be, a great treasure. We need him today more than ever.” —Mundell Lowe
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Date: May 15, 2006
Creator: Forbes-Roberts, Ron
Partner: UNT Press

The Public Perception of the Cult of Lenin Based on Archival Materials

Description: This book presents a study of collective representations in Soviet Russia concentrates on perceptions of Lenin's image from a socio-anthropological, rather than political, view. In addition to Communist Party information, official documents, memoirs and folklore, newly opened secret reports of the Soviet political police are used for the first time. The book analyzes the development of the cult from Lenin's lifetime up to the process of "de-Leninization" in the 1990s. Much of the research concerns the perception of Lenin's death and the decision to embalm his body, the campaign called "the Lenin enrollment", renaming of Petrograd and organization of "Lenin Corners". The book also presents new material devoted to Lenin museums, along with archive documents and never-published photographs.
Date: 2001
Creator: Velikanova, Olga V.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Gerhart Hauptmann: Germany throught the Eyes of the Artist

Description: Born in 1862, Gerhart Hauptmann witnessed the creation of the German Empire, the Great War, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and World War II before his death in 1946. Through his works as Germany's premier playwright, Hauptmann traces and exemplifies Germany's social, cultural, and political history during the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, and comments on the social and political climate of each era. Hauptmann wrote more than forty plays, twenty novels, hundreds of poems, and numerous journal articles that reveal his ideas on politics and society. His ideas are reinforced in the hundreds of unpublished volumes of his diary and his copious letters preserved in the Prussian Staatsbibliothek, Berlin. In the 1960s, Germans celebrated Hauptmann's centenary as authors who had known or admired Hauptmann published biographies that chronicled his life but revealed little of his private thoughts. This dissertation examines Hauptmann's life from his early childhood through his adult life with emphasis on social and political commentaries found in his works, diaries, and letters. Hauptmann told of the social problems alcohol and greed created and used historical events to express his concern about Germany's labor and social conditions. He also used historical events to address the political problems that plagued Germans and their government. Even his fairytale, Hannele criticized the Volk's rejection of his view of German nationalism and unity. In all his works, Hauptmann challenged the Volk to find strength within their own souls and to reject the materialism of the modern world. Hauptmann's published and unpublished works reveal a man who found comfort and strength in the Volk and völkisch Kultur. He yearned for a united German Kultur and shaped his politics and commentaries to achieve unity. This dissertation examines Hauptmann's vision of German unity which winds its way throughout his works, an idea overlooked in other ...
Date: December 1996
Creator: Igo, William Scott
Partner: UNT Libraries

Jane McManus Storm Cazneau (1807-1878): A Biography

Description: Jane Maria Eliza McManus, born near Troy, New York, educated at Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary, promoted the American maritime frontier and wrote on Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean affairs. Called a "terror with her pen," under the pen name of Cora Montgomery, she published 100 columns in 6 newspapers, 20 journal articles and book reviews, 15 books and pamphlets, and edited 5 newspapers and journals between 1839 and 1878.
Date: May 1999
Creator: Hudson, Linda Sybert
Partner: UNT Libraries

Oral History Interview with Ivan Bounds, March 27, 2002

Description: Interview with aircraft worker Ivan Bounds. The interview includes Bounds' personal experiences as a longtime resident of Denton County, Texas from 1926-2002.
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Date: March 27, 2002
Creator: Stribling, Beth & Bounds, Ivan
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Alan Lee Briscoe, November 22, 2006

Description: Interview with Alan Lee Briscoe, NASA engineer, as part of the Skylab Oral History Project. The interview includes Briscoe's personal experiences about education at Texas A&M University and South Texas School of Law, joining NASA, working in flight control operations and communications support on the Apollo program, and problem-solving on Skylab missions. Briscoe also speaks about the Skylab "wet workshop," the monotony inherit in Skylab work-shift schedules and efforts to break it, and Skylab's contributions to space exploration.
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Date: November 22, 2006
Creator: Johnson, Michael & Briscoe, Alan Lee
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Isabel Cano, October 10, 2009

Description: Interview with Isabel Cano, Argentina-born immigrant to Denton and daughter of Spanish diplomats, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Cano's personal experiences of immigration, struggling to learn English and acculturate, and provides family history, her first impressions of Texas, and opinions about Denton.
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Date: October 10, 2009
Creator: Merrill, Linda & Cano, Isabel
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Otis Cason, August 22, 1987

Description: Interview with farmer Otis Cason. The interview includes Cason's personal experiences about rural life in Denton County, Texas from 1900 to 1987. Cason talks about breaking mules, rural school, sheep and goat raising, hog killing, and charcoal making.
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Date: August 22, 1987
Creator: Renner, Steve & Cason, Otis
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Fred Agnich, November 22, 1983

Description: Interview with Fred Agnich, businessman and member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas, Republican. The interview includes Agnich's personal experiences about being a member of the 68th Legislature. Agnich talks about his appointment as chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, appropriations and taxes, Governor Mark White, teachers pay, and personal legislation.
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Date: November 22, 1983
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Agnich, Fred
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Richard Crooks, July 24, 2003

Description: Interview with aircraft worker Richard Crooks. The interview includes Crooks' personal experiences of being employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
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Date: July 24, 2003
Creator: Dixon, Tricia Taylor & Crooks, Richard
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, December 4, 2012

Description: Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, Australian-born immigrant to Fort Worth, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Dreyspring's personal experiences of childhood in Australia, interactions with American soldiers during World War II, the Japanese invasion of Australia, her first visit to the U.S., first impressions of America, her first marriage to an American, and her return to Australia for the immigration process. It also includes her impressions of various American cities, views on American identity, her siblings in Australia, reasons for moving to Fort Worth, her second marriage to an American airman, adopting Texas culture, and advice for future immigrants.
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Date: December 4, 2012
Creator: Bravo, Francis & Dreyspring, Dulcie Barnier
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Hubert Chandler, March 2, 2003

Description: Interview with janitor Hubert Chandler. The interview includes Chandler's personal experiences about his employment by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
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Date: March 2, 2003
Creator: Dixon, Tricia Taylor & Chandler, Hubert
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

Description: Interview with Miguel Soria, Mexican-born immigrant to Plano, Texas. The interview includes Soria's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico, his first visit to the U.S., illegally crossing the border to live in Dallas, Texas, and experiences with a human smuggler, along with his experiences as an undocumented person and with discrimination. It also includes his thoughts on the DREAM act and the immigration process, and advice for future immigrants.
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Date: October 2, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Soria, Miguel
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Vladislava Alaytseva, November 26, 2012

Description: Interview with Vladislava Alaytseva, Uzbekistani-born immigrant to Dallas, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Alaytseva's personal experiences of childhood in Uzbekistan, moving to the U.S., transitioning to the American school system, her first impressions the U.S., and the culture shock in America. Additionally, Alaytseva talks about the transition of Uzbekistan from a Soviet satellite to an independent Muslim nation, her mother's family in Russia, the differentiation between being ethnically Russian or Uzbekistani, the definition of "culture," the comparison of life in Uzbekistan and the U.S., and the elements of Uzbekistani culture brought to America.
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Date: November 26, 2012
Creator: Brooks, David & Alaytseva, Vladislava
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Oral History Interview with Fred Agnich, November 30, 1979

Description: Interview with Fred Agnich, businessman and member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas, Republican. The interview includes Agnich's personal experiences about being a member of the 66th Legislature. Agnich talks about his relationship with Governor William Clements, appropriations, tax relief, the Peveto bill, consumer legislation, "Killer Bees," and the split primary.
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Date: November 30, 1979
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Agnich, Fred
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Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

Description: Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, West German-born Colombian immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigration Oral History Project. The interview includes Quijano's personal experiences from his childhood in West Germany, life in Colombia during the 1990s violence, his family's immigration to Texas, his expectations of the U.S., and the subsequent culture shock. Quijano talks about the transition to American life, attending college as an international student, his experiences with the citizenship process, and his thoughts on the immigration debate.
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Date: October 11, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Quijano, Giancarlo
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Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

Description: Interview with Colombian-born oral surgeon Pedro F. Franco as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Franco's personal experiences about childhood in Cali, Colombia, attending college and dental school in Bogota, playing on the college soccer team, and working for a new constitution in Colombia. Additionally, Franco discusses family background, his father being kidnapped by a guerrilla group, his residency in the guerrilla-dominated portion of Colombia, educational experiences in Chicago, returning to Colombia, his decision to come to Dallas after being threatened by guerrillas, the impact of his father and mother shaping his values and work ethic, dealing with American stereotypes of Colombia, the apathy of the new generation in America, the legalization of narcotics, his expectations upon coming to America, his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy, and the importance of immigrants in making American great.
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Date: March 10, 2011
Creator: Nabors, Daniel & Franco, Pedro F.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program