If you’re interested in preserving your personal Princeton experience, how to manage your organization’s materials, contributing to the university archives, and/or want to learn more about the archival and library professions, then Amp Up! is for you!
The short answer: It is a person's story in their voice. Oral histories are created to get first-hand accounts about a specific topic or event. Oral histories and oral traditions have been around for centuries, but were not seen as formal history as western society preferred the written word as a historical record. Oral histories therefore make room for voices that traditional record keeping practices have excluded.
All proposed oral history projects intended for donation to Mudd Library should be discussed well in advance by emailing email@example.com. A staff member will contact you for a meeting to discuss your project’s scope, release forms, recording audio, transcription, transferring the files, and to answer any questions you may have about the process.
Transcriptions of the audio (or in some cases video) are a requirement for any oral history project given to the Mudd Manuscript Library, in order to provide access to researchers. Please make sure that all file names (audio/visual and transcripts) include the name of the interviewee. For example, Smith_John.wav and Smith_John.pdf, if an interview is divided into several parts, Smith_Jordan_part_1.mp3, Smith_Jordan_part_2.mp3 with one transcript file for interviews.