Archives: Guide to Carolyn Spector Papers, 1990-2001
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research. Permission to publish the book reviews must be obtained from KLCC radio.
Collection Citation: Carolyn Spector Papers, 1990-2001 (M-005), Lane Community College Archives, Eugene, Oregon
Biography: Carolyn Spector
Carolyn Spector was born Carolyn Gaines on May 27th, 1937, in Chicago. Raised in Highland Park and Glenco, Illinois, she attended New Trier High School, graduating in 1955. She is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in French and spent her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. That was followed by two years at the University of Chicago where she received an M.A. in Teaching. She also did postgraduate work at the University of Oregon.
In 1974 the family moved to Eugene. Carolyn was a substitute teacher for several school districts in the area. Beginning in 1977, she taught French for Lane Community College through the Adult Education program, continuing until her retirement in 1994. She also taught at the Looking Glass Shelter for two years.
Scope & Content Note
The Carolyn Spector Papers contain the scripts of the book reviews written by Carolyn and broadcast on KLCC-FM radio from January 1990 to July 2001. The book reviews were aired twice a month on Northwest Passage, KLCC's afternoon local news program. Most of the books reviewed were written by authors from the Pacific Northwest or were about the Northwest. The theme music played in the background for both the book reviews and the promos was composed and played by her son, Robert Spector.
The collection is divided into 2 series.
For a detailed finding aid which includes a complete list of the contents of this collection, refer to:
Carolyn Spector Website on KLCC. The website contains a conversation between Carolyn and Tripp Sommer; tributes to Carolyn from her husband and staff at KLCC; recordings of Carolyn's book reviews, 1999-2001; and the text version of selected reviews.
Book Review List. A list of the books Carolyn Spector reviewed, organized by review date. (MS Word file)