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Oral history interview with Alma Kesner [electronic resource], 1997

Creator: Kesner, Alma
Project: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Purchasing agent.

Scope and Contents

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; government 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.


Access Conditions

Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1998

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