Oral history interview with Alma Kesner 1997

 

Name
Kesner, Alma (Interviewee)
Doel, Ronald (Interviewer)
Title
Oral history interview with Alma Kesner 1997
Abstract
Childhood: New York City environs; director of book clubs, the Heritage Club and the Readers Club; marriage 1941; early Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO] impressions: typist, 1956; informal atmosphere; government security clearance; LDEO purchasing agent and accounts payable manager, 1958-1980: interfacing with Columbia University’s Purchasing and Accounts Payable Departments; governmen t audits; social environment; campus layout; running cafeteria; purchasing supplies for research vessel Vema; transportation of supplies to Bermuda station; impressions of LDEO directors; difficulties expanding LDEO facilities; electronic and machine shops; Columbia Presidential Award Recipient; interpersonal tensions among staff, late 1960s to 1970s; staff departures; reminiscences of colleagues and their families.
Collection Name
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection
Subjects
Kesner, Alma; Columbia University; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Vema (Ship)
Format
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre
Interviews
Origin Information
1997
Date
1997
Note (Biographical)
Purchasing agent.
Note
Interviewed by Ronald Doel on October 25, 1995 and May 18, 1997.
Note (Provenance)
Alma Kesner, Gift 1998
Language
English
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Catalog Record
13572096
Also In
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-3gs8-gs17
Related URLs
Available digital content for this interview.