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Helen Cairns Oral History

Identifier: QMP-0055

Scope and Contents

In this interview session, which took place on March 18th, 2021, Dr. Helen Cairns discussed her career at Queens College within the Linguistics and Communication Disorders Department. During that time she was elected department chair several times, served as the dean of graduate studies and research, and both conducted and supported research and publication efforts.


  • 2021-03-18



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Conditions Governing Use

Interview shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Users are free to share or adapt the material for non-commercial purposes, as long as they meet the terms of the license. See license details at

Biographical / Historical

Helen Cairns and her husband Dr. Charles Cairns begain teaching at Queens College in 1971.They both worked there for 33 years before retiring in 2004.


1 Digital Files ; Duration: 00:59:08

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Queens College and Queens Public Library by Helen Cairns and Rebecca Rushfield in March 2021.

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. This interview was conducted for the Queens College Faculty and Staff Oral History Project.


Helen Cairns Oral History
Reign McConnell
2022, October
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Repository Details

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

Queens College Library, CUNY
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