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Oral History Interview: Laura Herman

Identifier: 05-C2013.3

Scope and Contents

1 audio recording, 1:30:46 in length. An interview log with time stamps has been created, but the recording has not been transcribed. 0:00 Disclaimer/Introductory Statements. 1:00 How long have you been blind? 2:49 Do you have any siblings? 3:28 How were you treated? 4:00 Did you have any special training or techniques? 4:48 Do you read Braille? 5:08 When did you graduate from the school for the blind? 5:55 Experiences. 7:00 How was raising your son? 10:10 Son bringing his girlfriend home. 13:42 College. 14:04 Work/The War. 21:48 Civil Service. 25:01 Retiring. 25:46 Getting involved in the NFB. 28:06 The White Cane Law in NY. 31:13 Becoming President of the New York Affiliate. 32:37 New York state’s human rights law. 34:11 1984. 40:06 Ministry/NFB Laws Influence. 46:02 1940s Alternative accommodations/Work. 51:00 Was there discrimination? 54:54 Involvement with NFB. 56:16 Did you meet tenBroek or Jernigan? 57:06 Impressions of Jernigan. 57:43 How has your chapter & the state affiliate affected the status of New Yorkers? 1:01:01 What state and national leaders have you met? 1:02:57 How many people did you know on the New York state level? 1:04:18 Is there a difference between what it was like to blind 60 years ago & today? 1:05:12 Residential Education vs. Mainstream Teaching. 1:06:39 How has technology helped blind people? 1:08:04 What do you do with yourself? Teaching kids to read. 1:14:43 What other volunteer works do you do? 1:17:23 Explain your work with your church. 1:19:16 Shopping of curtains. 1:21:05 Awards. 1:23:55 What was your biggest accomplishment? 1:24:48 What goals should blind people strive for? The need to look to the past! 1:29:44 Closing remarks.


  • Created: 2013
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2013
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/10/2013


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1.00 items

1 digital audio recording, 127MB other_unmapped

Language of Materials



Oral history interview with Laura Herman collected by Mike and Angie Robinson on December 6, 2013, in her home in Niagara Falls, New York.

Source of Acquisition

Mike Robinson

Method of Acquisition

Submitted to the Jacobus tenBroek Library.

Other Descriptive Information

Interview Log prepared by Alexander Lester, June 2016

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Anna Kresmer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Jacobus tenBroek Library, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Repository

200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore MD 21230 US
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