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Clemens oral history project

Bill Clemens looking for fossils in Montana's Hell Creek Formation
Bill Clemens at work in the Upper Jurassic Mugher Mudstone Formation, Ethiopia. Photo by Mark Goodwin.
UCMP is embarking on a mission to fund a professional oral history by Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) of Dr. William "Bill" Clemens, one of UCMP's legacy paleontologists. Ah, the tales Bill could tell; and that's just what we would like him to do! Bill possesses an extremely valuable trove of paleontological lore and we must get those tales recorded, especially as they pertain to our exceptional collections.

Since its inception in 1954, ROHO has completed more than 4,000 interviews with persons in all fields who have made significant contributions to the history of the University of California, the nation, and the interconnected global arena.

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 UCMP website. Bound copies will be deposited at The Bancroft Library and UCMP. Short video excerpts from the interviews will also be prepared.

UCMP is pleased to contribute $5,000 towards the $25,000 needed to fully fund this worthy project. To date, the Clemens Oral History Project fund has raised $11,550. Please consider making a contribution that will result in the documentation of Bill's life, his deep and profound influence on the field of vertebrate paleontology, the UCMP, our students, and decades of research, teaching, and service. Join us today and the many others who have already contributed to help UCMP reach its goal.

Donations may be made online. Alternatively, you can write a gift check payable to "UC Regents." In the memo field, please write "Unrestricted gift in support of the Clemens Oral History Project" and mail the check to:

University of California Berkeley
Clemens Oral History Project
Museum of Paleontology
1101 Valley Life Sciences Bldg #4780
Berkeley CA 94720-4780

On behalf of the UCMP community, we thank you very much for your consideration and generosity.