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World War II history student project oral histories

Identifier: OH042

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 22 oral history interview transcripts and their accompanying audiovisual tapes with people who lived during World War II, conducted by students who were often related to the interviewees, in April, 1990, regarding their experiences during the war.


  • 1990 April


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Bill W. Boyer Sr. was born on January 24, 1919. He attended Shortridge High School for two years and then went to work for the New York Central Railroad. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp on November 2,1942. Boyer married Betty Mildred Zike, born in Ohio in 1924, daughter of William and Mildred Zike. The Boyer’s had four children, Bill Boyer Jr., Joyce, Brenda, and Barbara. Boyer died in Indianapolis on April 5, 1995.


Oral History Transcript, April 12, 1990

Indianapolis Star, April 6, 1995

Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. Accessed April 2012.


0.01 Cubic Feet (22 transcripts, 18 audio cassette tapes, 3 mini audio cassette tapes, 1 videocassette tape)

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This collection is arranged alphabetically and by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marcia Caudell during April 2012. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/02. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf.


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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.