Clemens Oral History Project

The U.C. Museum of Paleontology is embarking on a mission to fund a professional oral history of Dr. William “Bill” Clemens, one of UCMP’s legacy paleontologists. Bill possesses an extremely valuable trove of paleontological lore that must get recorded. The Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) has agreed to complete an oral history interview with Bill. ROHO is a research unit of The Bancroft Library, University of California’s special collections library on campus. Since its inception in 1954, ROHO has completed more than 2,000 interviews with persons in all fields who have made significant contributions to the history of the University of California, our state, and the American West.

After significant background research and preparation, a trained historian/interviewer will conduct the interview with Bill (20 hours). For a richer and more complete story, there will also be interviews (10 hours) with some of Bill's former students. All interviews will be recorded and transcribed, and ultimately be accessible on the web. Bound copies will be deposited at The Bancroft Library and UCMP. Short video excerpts from the interviews will also be prepared.

Our goal of $25,000 will fully fund this worthy project to document Bill’s life, his deep and profound influence on the field of vertebrate paleontology, the UC Museum of Paleontology, our students, in addition to decades of research, teaching, and service.

The UCMP thanks you very much for your consideration and generosity.

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