Linfield University Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory


Roberta Schmalz Campbell: World War II as Experience and Memory

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Wadewitz, Lissa


Guyot, Ruby

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Video File


33 minutes 35 seconds

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Cultural History | Oral History | Public History | United States History | Women's History


This interview is an oral history conducted by Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, and Ruby Guyot, Linfield class of 2019, with Roberta (Schmalz) Campbell, Linfield class of 1949. The interview took place at Campbell's home in Woodburn, Oregon on February 1, 2019.

In this interview, Campbell discusses what it was like growing up during the Second World War as a high school student in Sandy, Oregon. She goes on to talk about what life was like as a Linfield student in the immediate post-war years, including her experiences working for and living with Linfield President Harry Dillin and his wife, Irene Dillin, due to a shortage of housing on campus. Campbell describes the friendly atmosphere on campus after the war, as well as her favorite classes and professors in Drama and Speech. Towards the latter part of the interview, Campbell discusses her post-Linfield life, when she became a teacher and moved to Woodburn.


For a time-stamped overview of the subjects discussed during this interview, refer to the Related Resource link.