Alumnae Oral History Project collection
Scope and Contents
The Alumnae Oral History Project consists of interviews conducted by oral history students with alumnae returning to Smith for reunion weekends between the years 2010 and 2017. Alumnae were interviewed in the Alumnae Gym where the college's archives were housed until 2017. They were asked to reflect on their college experience at Smith in interviews that lasted approximately 30 minutes. The collection consists of video tapes and transcripts as well as digistized versions of these interviews. Materials concerning the overall project are included in these records.
Dates of Materials
- Smith College. (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Several of the 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
To the extent that they owns copyright the narrator in this collection have assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by [donor/creator], researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
The Alumnae Oral History Project was funded by the President's Office and the College Archives and coordinated by Kelly Anderson. Students from the Archives Concentration and Anderson's classes in oral history conducted the interviews with alumnae over reunion weekend in May from 2010 to 2017 in the Alumnae Gymnasium, the home of the Smith College Archives.
Interviews were 30 minutes long, on average, and were taped by videographer Kate Geis and Rebecca Rideout, as well as student interviewers. Narrators were asked to reflect on their reasons for choosing Smith, key experiences during their time on campus, significant political and social issues that marked their time at Smith and the impact a Smith education has had on their lives and careers.
207 Gigabytes (Transcripts, video, and audio files)
5.667 linear feet (13 containers)
Language of Materials
The Alumnae Oral History Project collection is comprised of oral histories conducted with Smith College alumnae during reunion weekends from 2010 to 2017. The project was funded by the President's Office and the College Archives and coordinated by Kelly Anderson. Students from the Archives Concentration and Anderson's classes in oral history conducted the interviews. The collection contains video recordings, transcripts, and project records.
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Smith College Alumnae Oral History Project collection is comprised of oral histories conducted with alumnae during reunion weekends beginning in 2010 and sponsored by Smith Special Collections. This is a continuing collection.
Existence and Location of Copies
Interviews conducted from 2010 to 2015 are available on the Smith College Libraries website
Release forms were previously included as part of the collection (Box 11). They were removed from the collection in March 2020.
- Finding aid to Alumnae Oral History Project collection
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Finding aid prepared by Olivia Mandica-Hart, Kayla Ginsburg, Ellice Amanna
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 07/13/18: Finding aid updated by Kathleen Nutter, Margy Jessup and Jessica Flohr.
- 12/03/18: Finding aid updated with barcodes, locations
Part of the Smith College Archives Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063