Oral history interview with A.A. Heckman

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Titles Oral history interview with A.A. Heckman
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Heckman came to St. Paul in 1931 as general secretary of the United Charities in St. Paul. During the 1930s he reorganized the Ramsey County Welfare Board, directed the federal Works Progress Administration and started a Family Economics Program. In 1952 Heckman became executive director of the Hill Family Foundation, which later became the Northwest Area Foundation. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Heckman discusses private and public welfare organizations in St. Paul in the 1930s; his association with Louis Hill and other Hill family members involved in the family foundation; Francis Butler, lawyer for Louis Hill; various projects supported by the foundation and the foundation's history. Also includes interviews with Irving Clark, Northwest Area Foundation board member.
Quantity 180 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewee: Heckman, Aldred Arthur
Interviewee: Clark, Irving
Interviewer: Haidet, Mark E.
Dates Creation: 01/20/1982 - 05/10/1982 (Interviews conducted 1/20, 1/29, 2/5, 2/9, 2/12, 2/17, 3/5, 3/19, 3/24 and 5/10/1982.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 20 (Library Call Number)
AV1996.2 (Accession Number)
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  • Barbara Weiner, MLS on October 22, 2015 11:10:47 AM
    Would I be able to obtain a pdf or print copy of this Heckman interview? I am the librarian for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN. Mr. Heckman played an important role in the development of the HBFF. This interview was just shared with me by someone searching your collection, and I would love to have a duplicate of it here in our Library. Thank you, and I eagerly await your response. Barbara.
  • Paul Kramer on July 27, 2017 01:17:57 PM
    May I please have a PDF of this document?
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on July 28, 2017 12:25:47 PM
    Yes, this transcript is available for print, download, or viewing in your browser by clicking the icon below the title. You do not need to purchase items in order to have access but there may be copyright restrictions in using the materials for publication, email library.permissions@mnhs.org for any further questions.
  • Peg Thomas on October 8, 2018 04:10:28 PM
    I worked with Al while he was at the Grotto Foundation, and became the Executive Director after he died for 12 years. I am stunned that the amazing work that Al Heckman accomplished, at the St. Paul Family Service, Northwest Area Foundation, Grotto Foundation, and as a founder with Hazelden, Presbyterian Homes, St. Katherine's Social Work Department, New York Pulbic Library, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Black Colleges, and on and on seems to be forgotten. This seems to be the only available document. A sobering though to those of us who have done far less than this "Dean of Philanthropy"

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