Rondo Oral History Project: Interview with William Kelso Finney
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: William Kelso "Corky" Finney was the only child of Maceo Alexander Finney and Lola Vassar Finney. He grew up on Rondo Avenue. He was sickly and asthmatic as a child which prevented him from participating in sports. His father was a role model to him and his mother an authoritarian. Corky grew up in the neighborhood with his mother's business, Mrs. Finney's Beauty Shop, and a family of close Vassar cousins. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Memories of Cornmeal Valley and Oatmeal Hill of the Rondo neighborhood; his perception of the integrated part of Saint Paul; being forced to move when eminent domain took their property for I-94; decision to stay in the black community.
70 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kateleen Hope
Interviewee: Finney, William Kelso
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 05/23/2003
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 110.9
Accession Number AV2007.22.9
More Info Collection Finding Aid
MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Rondo Oral History Project'

User Comments

  • Victoria Keller on November 8, 2017 10:13:06 AM

    This is needed as part of a research project for "The History and Philosophy of Social Work" course in the MSW program at St. Catherine's University - University of St. Thomas.

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on November 14, 2017 11:43:00 AM

    Thank you for your interest, full transcript and audio are available online through the icon images above. If publication is needed please contact for assistance.

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