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Oral History Program collection

Identifier: MC-268

Scope and Contents

The Oral History Program collection contains interviews with faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends of Williams College. The collection includes audio files (both analog and digital formats), transcripts of interviews, release forms, administrative papers about the project, correspondences, and a variety of other printed materials. The collection also includes oral histories from attendees of the 50 Years of Africana Studies exhibit reception held on April 6, 2019. Eleven participants answered two questions regarding Africana Studies. Participants include: Tatum Barnes '15, Grace Taylor Rae Bundy '13, Maria Washington, Richard Jefferson '70, Charles Sanders '78, James de Jongh '64, Melissa Fenton '91, Funmi Olosunde ''06, Charles Mitchell '74, Todd Hall '16, and Nicole Moore '93. The exhibit was curated by Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Religion, and Archives' staff. Oral histories continue to take place today and this collection is regularly being added to and updated.


  • 1986-present

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the Oral History Program collection is open for research. Some oral histories may include restrictions which limit access. Please consult with the Special Collections staff prior to use.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request and as permitted based on stipulations outlined in the oral history release form that accompanies most oral histories. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for handling any copyright issues that may be associated with collections and materials.


48.08 Linear Feet (60 manuscript boxes, 2 1/2 manuscript boxes, 72 shoe boxes)

103.88 Gigabytes

2089.6 Megabytes


Arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

Physical Location

L2 Storage, F8b; Library Storage Facility.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ongoing program coordinated and aquired by the Williams College Archives and Special Collections. Collection does include some oral histories conducted by Williams affiliates outside of the Oral History Program.
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Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267