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Alumnae Oral History Project collection

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-00301

Scope and Contents

The Alumnae Oral History Project constists of interviews conducted by oral history students with alumnae retuirning 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

  • 2010-2018

Creator

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 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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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

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.

Extent

207 Gigabytes (Transcripts, video, and audio files)

5.25 linear feet (15 containers)

Overview

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.

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

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Processing Information

Release forms were previously included as part of the collection (Box 11). They were removed from the collection in March 2020.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to Alumnae Oral History Project collection
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Finding aid prepared by Olivia Mandica-Hart, Kayla Ginsburg, Ellice Amanna
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 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

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063