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Transnational Adoptee Oral History Project

Identifier: CA-MS-01124

Content Description

The Transnational Adoptee Oral History Project documents the experiences of transnationally and transracially adopted students at Smith College. The project consists of eight oral histories (video recordings and transcripts) conducted during October 2017 by Rebecca York and Leigh Johnston, both members of Smith Class of 2018.

These interviews are the first step in building a community of transnational, transracial adoptees at Smith. The interviews represent a chance to push back on the single-story surrounding traditional narratives of transnational and transracial adoptions, and begin to complicate the themes of “family” and “belonging” that many transnational/transracial adoptees have heard so much growing up. These interviews document a wealth of experience and knowledge that has gone undocumented thus far.


  • October 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Some of the oral histories in this series have restrictions on access to the full interview. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about specific restrictions that apply.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Several of the narrators or interviewers have retained copyright to their interview. Please see the notes attached to the individual interview for specific information about use.


792 Gigabytes (36 digital files)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Transnational Adoptee Oral History Project was donated by Rebecca York and Leigh Johnston in 2017. The donation was facilitated by Kelly Anderson.

Processing Information

The digital files in this collections were transferred from portable hard drives to networked storage for preservation and access.



Finding aid for the Transnational Adoptee Oral History Project
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Margaret Jessup
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Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063