Oral history interview with Alton Marshall, 2003


Marshall, Alton, 1921-2007 (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald J (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Alton Marshall, 2003
Born Flint, MI; family: working-class family, father barber, two marriages; education: first generation college, Fenton High School, Hillsdale College, the 300 Program and participation in the Maxwell School; military: Marine Corps experiences beginning 1942--WWII, extremism, injuries, Iwo Jima; professional/New York State government: municipal research center in Onondaga County with committee on t axes, budget examiner, Public Service Commission secretary 1951, Division of Budget director 1961-1965, secretary to governor Nelson A. Rockefeller 1965-1970, chairman of the boards of Rockefeller Center Management Corporation, Rockefeller Center Development Corporation Rockefeller Center Construction Corporation, Radio City Music Hall, and a director of other subsidiaries; work under Rockefeller administration: New York City construction and improvement (World Trade Centers, West Side Highway, transit, city revival, drug laws), New York education system (expansion and improvement of state universities (SUNY, CUNY)), environment (Pure Water and Land Use Project), arts (Lincoln Center, support for dance, opera, theater, Council of Arts), work as campaign manager for Rockefeller's presidential campaign, retirement from public service and move to management of Rockefeller Center; reflections on Nelson A. Rockefeller: relationship with those who worked closely with him, differences with other political leaders and difficulties as a liberal republican in being accepted by the Republican Party, position as vice president under Gerald R. Ford but failure at presidential nomination, relations with reporters and media, handling of New York riots and civil disobedience during "burn, baby, burn" period, relationship with Henry A. Kissinger and international dealings, death 1979
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Individual interviews oral history collection
Chief executive officers; New York (State) Politics and government 1951-; Marshall, Alton, 1921-2007; Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979; Rockefeller Center Management
oral histories; sound recordings
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Chief executive officer
Interviewed by Ronald J. Grele in 2003: July 1 (120 min.); August 20 (115 min.); September 17 (126 min.); September 24 (116 min.; 81 min.); October 23 (138 min.; 126 min.); October 29 (170 min.)
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Gift of Alton Marshall
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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