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CLiff Dochterman Oral History Project






Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman has touched the lives of so many.

The man who, in the late 1970s, envisioned a world without polio and then led the campaign to immunize all the children in the world. From Boy Scouts, academia, communities around the world and members of Rotary International, there isn’t enough room on this page to say it all about Dr. Cliff Dochterman. 

Thank you to all the Rotarians and Friends who helped fund this Oral History Interview.  Cliff’s history, memories, wit, stories and experiences have been memorialized in an oral history interview conducted by the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley.

Your donations funded the interviews and publication of this special documentary.  Read here some of the comments from our donors



 1.         If a contributor wanted to read and obtain the oral history, how could they do that?

ANSWER from the Oral History Center: The interview transcripts will be deposited in the Bancroft Library and available through the Oral History Center website, find it here: http://vm154.lib.berkeley.edu:3002/searchinterview/fullDisplay?data=233868.   Interview A/V will be available to researchers and others on premise in the Bancroft Library (we cannot stream full interviews yet).  The interview transcript is posted online in print-ready, PDF format, so it is very easy for anyone to have the interview printed and bound. If someone wishes to purchase a high-quality, cloth-bound transcript, they can do that. Rotary can print and distribute the transcripts as they wish.

3.         Are the video tapes of the interviews preserved?

ANSWER from the Oral History Center: Yes, the videos are preserved. If Mr. Dochterman makes only minor edits, then we can make the video available to researchers. We record everything on digital A/V, so duplication and distribution is very easy. Typically we make a brief video (5 minutes or so) that highlights a particularly interesting part of the interview, thus serving as a preview to get people interested in reading the transcript. We do not currently have the staff to create longer, more complex videos at this time. If Mr. Dochterman approves release of his unedited video, we can provide it to Rotary and they can produce their own video with the raw material.

 What is the Oral History Center?  

Oral history dates to the beginnings of the University of California. Hubert Howe Bancroft conducted interviews in the 1860s in support of his 39-volume history of the West. In 1954, the Regional Oral History Office was established to conduct interviews with leading citizens of the West. In 2014 they became the Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library. Over the decades, they have conducted 4,000 interviews on almost every topic imaginable. The vast majority of these interviews have been transcribed and made available online.  http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/oral-history-center

What are the donations used for?

The Oral History Center currently and historically receives only a very small portion of its operating budget from the university or the State of California. Throughout most of its history, OHC expenses—including staff salaries and benefits, equipment, transcription, and travel—have been funded through a mixture of charitable donations by individuals and corporations and grants and contracts in support of specific oral history projects.  100% of the funds raised are used to produce the product. No person, Club or District will benefit financially from funds raised.