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Oral Histories Online

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An Activist Life oral history Activist Life: Oral History Project lock, restricted access

A collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism as organizers and cultural workers in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Interviews were conducted by Smith College students in 2008.


Alumnae Oral History ProjectAlumnae Oral History Project

Interviews with alumnae returning for Reunion week since May 2010. In these videotaped oral histories, alumnae recall memories of their years at Smith, from Opening Convocation and Friday teas, to life-changing Junior Year Abroad events, and Senior year reality-checks.


Asian American Reproductive Justice oral historyAsian American Reproductive Justice Oral History Project

Audio recordings and complete transcripts of fourteen interviews conducted by Juhee Kwon in 2013-14 with Asian American women who have been active in the Reproductive Justice movement since the 1980s. Kwon conducted these interviews as a student at Brown University.


Coalition of Indian-Controlled School Board oral historyCoalition of Indian-Controlled School Boards Oral History Project lock, restricted access

Sixty audio interviews who contributed to the movement for Indian parental and community control of Indian education from 1971 to 1981. Partial transcripts are available for some interviews. Included are recordings of a conference held on the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, 2006.


Documenting Lesbian Lives oral historyDocumenting Lesbian Lives: Oral History Project lock, restricted access

Video and complete transcripts of interviews with women conducted by Smith College students from 2011 to the present. Narrators come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds and identify either as lesbian, bisexual, woman-identified-woman, queer, or prefer not to identify with sexuality categories.


Edris Rice-Wray oral historyEdris Rice-Wray Oral History lock, restricted access

Two oral histories conducted by James Reed and Ellen Chesler in 1987. Edris Rice-Wray Carson, M.D. attended Cornell University and was a public health physician, primarily in Central America and Mexico.


Friends of the Libraries Oral History ProjectFriends of the Library Oral History Project, 1977-1982 lock, restricted access

In October 1976 the Committee of the Friends voted to sponsor an oral history project and put on tape the recollections and reminiscences of retired members of the faculty and administrative staff. Coordinated by Gertrude Smith (Class of 1928), Professor Emeritus of Music and head of the Smith Centennial celebration, the project team included Laura Scales, Charles Hill, Marine Leland, Margaret Grierson and John Duke.


Old Lesbian Oral History projectOld Lesbian Oral Herstory Project lock, restricted access

The life stories of lesbians age 70 and older from around the country. The project began in 1997 and now consists of over 170 interviews and includes audio recordings and complete transcripts with photographs of the interviewees.


Population and Reproductive Health Oral History ProjectPopulation and Reproductive Health Oral History Project

Full transcripts of over forty interviews with pioneers in the birth control movement, population planning, and reproductive health field throughout the world from the 1960s to the present. The collection reflects the voices and perspectives of advocates, communication specialists, lawyers, managers, physicians, researchers, social workers and others.


Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race Oral HistoriesSouthern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race Oral Histories

Audio recordings of interviews with YWCA staff responsible for interracial work with college and university students in the southeastern U.S., 1920s-40s. The interviews were conducted by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton] in 1981 and 1982 as research for her doctoral dissertation.


Voices of Feminism Oral History ProjectVoices of Feminism Oral History Project lock, restricted access

Over fifty in-depth video interviews documenting the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the later 20th century. Includes labor, peace, and anti-racism activists; artists and writers; lesbian rights advocates; grassroots anti-violence and anti-poverty organizers; and women of color reproductive justice leaders.