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Trans Archive Oral History Project

Identifier: CA-MS-01201

Content Description

Oral history interviews with Smith College students and alumnae who identify as trans and/or non-binary, conducted by Sam Davis (Class of 2017) for his documentary project entitled "In Our Own Words: On Being Trans at Smith." The interviews explore how these trans students fit into Smith's vision of "women for the world"; how are trans students supported or unsupported by the administration and their fellow students; and issues of erasure, hypervisibility, transphobia, views about trans students within all levels of the institution, and the ongoing debate of who does and does not "belong" at Smith.

Dates of Materials

  • 2016-2017


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to the oral histories in this collection is held by Sam Davis until 2022. After 2022, copyright will pass to Smith College except for some oral histories where the narrator has also retained copyright. Please see use notes attached to individual interviews for more information about use.


367 Gigabytes (162 digital files)

Language of Materials


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 the digital files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sam Davis donated the TransArchive Oral History Project to the Smith College Archives in 2016.

Processing Information

Digital video and text files were copied from a portable hard drive, or downloaded from shared cloud storage. Access copies were made; original names where redacted from text access files for narrators who requested use of pseudonyms. All preservation and access files were backed up to networked storage.


Finding aid for the Trans Archive Oral History Project
Margaret Jessup
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-18: Agents and access and use notes added to interviews

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063