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Ellen Weingart, Linda Tucker, and Edith Balan Oral History

Identifier: QMP-0003

Scope and Contents

In the group interview, the three Queens College alumnae, Ellen Weingart, Edith Balan, and Linda Tucker, reminisce about what an achievement it was to get admitted to Queens College in the early 1960s when they were college students, about joining house plans and enjoying a vibrant social life in the campus, and about choosing and enjoying the required physical education classes like lacrosse, swimming, and folk dancing.


  • 2018-10-14



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Biographical Note

The interviewees grew up nearby and attended Queens College because, at the time, it was free and very prestigious. After graduating in 1960, Weingart went into education, taught for a while, but finally settled in education administration. Tucker graduated in 1962, then went on to become a published author and an editor-in-chief for many magazines and newspapers. Balan also went into teaching after graduating in 1962 but switched tracks after returning from maternity leave. She eventually settled in museum administrative work, which entailed a lot of docent work and organizing education materials. All three women remain friends throughout the years and now live in Long Island.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Queens College and Queens Public Library by Ellen Weingart, Linda Tucker, Edith Balan, and Jacqueline Colson in October, 2018.

Related Materials

Ellen Weingart was a member of one of the house plans at Queens College, social organizations documented in the Queens College House Plans Collection.

Processing Information

Oral history conducted as part of the Queens Memory Project (, a collaborative program of the Queens Public Library and Queens College to collect stories, images, and other evidence of life in the borough of Queens.



Ellen Weingart, Linda Tucker and Edith Balan Oral History
Patricia Reguyal
March 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us