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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, 35 years ago, 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.



cliff Dochterman oral history interview flyer

Cliff Dochterman oral history interview flyer   Join the other Rotarians, Zones, Districts, Clubs and Fans of Cliff and help fund his Oral History Interview.  Cliff’s history, memories, wit, stories and experiences are being memorialized in an oral history interview conducted by the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley.

Help preserve our rich Rotary History and be a proud sponsor. 

Your donations will fund the interviews and publication of this special documentary.

Donations of any amount are appreciated.  Suggested donations: Individuals: $25-$100, Clubs: $100-$500, Districts: $1000-$5000

Mail to:   Lynn Jepsen  *  1945 Hackett Dr.  *  Woodland, CA  95776

Make checks payable:    Rotary District 5160—Cliff Dochterman

And we will memorialize your donation, please provide a Sponsorship Message, send that message to laura@rotary5160.org


“Cliff Dochterman has inspired us, made us laugh and given so much of himself to benefit others. We are proud to be a sponsor of this oral history project”.

From Rotary District 5160.


 1.         If a contributor wanted to read and obtain the oral history after it is done, 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 and, eventually, the UC Library website. 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 will be 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.

2.         Assuming we start the interviews the end of Sept., how long before a completed document (edited, etc) is available for someone to read?

ANSWER from the Oral History Center: The process is this: we first meet with Mr. Dochterman then conduct background research and a few background interviews; then the interviews begin. The interview is expected to run about 14 hours, or seven 2-hour sessions; the interviewing will take about 3-4 months. The interviews are then transcribed and lightly edited in-house (about a month). Then Mr. Dochterman will be given the opportunity to review and edit the transcripts.  We then enter his edits (if he is judicious in his edits, this will take 2-4 weeks depending on the queue; if he makes extensive edits, we’re looking at 2 to 3 months). So, in all honesty, best guess summer 2016 for the final completion and publication of the transcript

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.


Send questions and comments to: PDG Laura Day at   laura@rotary5160.org

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