This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration effort. William Barrow is currently the Special Collections librarian at Cleveland State University. Barrow was born in University Circle and grew up in Cleveland's eastern suburb of Mentor. After high school he went on to attend Bowling Green State University where he was active in the school's chapter of Students For a Democratic Society. Barrow left BGSU before graduating to work construction and ended up becoming an animal warden, working in Bowling Green, Arizona, and Kentucky. He enrolled at CSU where he completed his degree and earned a MA in history. During the same time he pursued a MLS at Kent State and following the completion of that degree he was hired on as the Special Collections librarian at CSU. While at CSU Barrow has worked extensively with the Cleveland Union Terminal Collection, The Cleveland Press Collection, and has been instrumental in the awarding-winning Cleveland Memory Project. Of Particular interest in this interview are Barrow's accounts of his involvement in the SDS, his description of his coursework at CSU, and the process of making Cleveland Memory a viable online resource.


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Barrow, William C. (interviewee)


Wickens, Joseph (interviewer)


CSU at 50



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54 minutes

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