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Dr. Albert P. Marshall served Eastern Michigan University from 1969 until 1980, during which time he taught library science, served as Library Director and Dean of Academic Services. This interview serves as a comprehensive biography of Marshall, from childhood through his time as Dean of Academic Services at Eastern Michigan University. Notable are Marshall’s experiences as librarian for the United States Coast Guard before arriving at EMU, and his concern for the welfare of black students at Eastern. This interview was conducted for the purpose of gathering primary research for Laurence Smith’s book, Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial Portrait (1999).

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Bruce Nelson, information science, United States Coast Guard, racism, John Porter, racial segregation, Velma Clark, NAACP, Lloyd Olds, Ypsilanti, Elijah McCoy, Harriet Street School

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Dr. Albert P. Marshall, Oral History Interview, 1998